About

Meet Our Caring Yet Zealous Team

Heather Bryan, Owner and Founding Attorney

Heather Bryan is an experienced trial attorney. She began her legal career at the Public Defender’s Office for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, where she worked on misdemeanors, felonies, and appeals. Her passion for the courtroom was fueled by defending those whose rights had been compromised. 

After serving at the Public Defender’s Office, Heather went into private practice, where she practiced in the area of personal injury law. In 2017, she decided it was time to open a practice where she could help others with a focus on her core values, yet still practice law. Now, through Heather Bryan Law, she promotes integrity, compassion, harmony, and competency with every client and every case.

BACKGROUND

Prior to becoming an attorney, Heather served her community by teaching World History at Auburndale High School. Before that, she taught high school in Georgia. Heather is active in the Lakeland community. She is a member of the League of Women Voters, Bridge, First United Methodist Church, and is active in events for downtown Lakeland. Professionally, Heather is a founding member of the Polk Association for Women Lawyers and is currently serving as the President-Elect. She also serves on the legislative committee for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.   

EDUCATION

Heather received her legal education at Barry Law School in Orlando, where she was on scholarship and graduated with honors. Heather also received her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor of Science and History from Columbus State University–both with high honors. During law school, Heather served as a Teaching Assistant for her Legal Research and Writing Class. She also served as a Research Assistant for her Constitutional Law professor, where she assisted in researching and writing an appellate brief to the 11th Circuit of Appeals. Additionally, Heather was on the Trial Team, where she competed in trial competitions.

BAR ADMISSIONS

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Candice Dixon, Of Counsel

Attorney Candice Dixon comes to Heather Bryan Law, P.A. with seven years of experience in both private practice and the public sector. Most recently, Candice worked as an associate attorney primarily practicing Social Security Disability Law and assisting with Personal Injury cases. Prior to private practice, Attorney Dixon worked as an Assistant Public Defender for five years. As an Assistant Public Defender, Candice handled felony and misdemeanor cases. In addition to handling her caseload, Candice was promoted to felony division chief and county court chief where she supervised three to fourteen attorneys. Throughout her legal career, Candice has represented her clients in over 200 Social Security claims and 75 criminal trials.

Candice obtained her Juris Doctorate, cum laude from Florida Coastal School of Law after obtaining her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. Candice currently serves as Treasurer for Polk Association for Women Lawyers and has served as President-Elect, President, Immediate Past President, and Chapter Representative. Candice also serves as a board member for Polk County Trial Lawyers Association and is a member of Lakeland Bar Association.

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