Heather E. Krans - The Stein Law Firm, PLLC

Heather E. Krans

The Stein Law Firm, PLLC

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Practicing law since 1998, Heather Krans provides high-quality representation to clients in the areas of:

Family law
Appellate law
Complex commercial litigation
Professional licensure

Heather has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). She has been named the Best Lawyers' Family Law" Lawyer of the Year - Concord, NH for both 2014 and 2016. In 2015, she received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award.  Heather is also listed as a “Rising Star”in Super Lawyers® New England - Rising Stars Edition (2010, 2011, and 2012), and recognized in SuperLawyers in 2015.

In 2012, after a rigorous selection process, including evaluation based on peer recognition and professional achievement, Heather was admitted as a Fellow of the American Academy of
Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), an association of the nation’s leading practitioners in the field of family law. She is one of only four lawyers in New Hampshire to be so credentialed.

Family Law:  Much of Heather's practice is devoted to family law, where she assists clients with a myriad of sensitive legal issues that have life-changing impact on their families and relationships. Heather's work in family law includes representing individuals in all aspects of the divorce process. Her goal is to assure that disentanglement from a spouse or partner moves forward as smoothly as possible with each client’s unique circumstances in mind. Known to be focused and thorough in her approach, Heather has extensive experience representing high-net worth clients in divorce matters, often involving the valuation and division of business interests and
other complex assets.

Heather works closely with clients of various income levels and backgrounds on:

Divorce and parenting actions
Prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, and
cohabitation agreements
Spousal maintenance and alimony
Post-divorce child support, alimony, and parenting
Domestic violence protective orders, and other
restraining orders
Grandparent visitation

Heather’s knowledge and legal experience make her a valuable resource outside of the courtroom as well. She is a frequent presenter on family law topics, including prenuptial agreements, child support, and federal law issues that arise in family law matters. She is also a regular guest lecturer at the University of New Hampshire.

Complex Commercial Litigation: Heather is an experienced commercial litigator in the
state and federal courts, known for her attention to detail, research skills,
and thorough preparation. Her commercial litigation experience includes a
multi-million dollar intellectual property action, as well as other complex
business disputes. 

Appellate Law:  Heather briefs and argues all manner of appeals before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. A gifted writer, her written submissions are crisp, clear, and persuasive.

Professional Licensure: As a complement to her litigation practice, Heather represents practitioners in professional licensing matters. She is knowledgeable about the administrative agency process by virtue of her role as Chair of the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security's Appellate Board, where she conducts appellate hearings and writes decisions in New Hampshire unemployment compensation appeals.

Professionals who may seek Heather's assistance in matters involving administrative agencies include:


Personal Information

Heather received her B.A. in English from the University of Vermont and her J.D., with distinction, from Emory University School of Law.  

Heather is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court (New Hampshire and Massachusetts), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She is a
member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the New Hampshire Bar Association
(NHBA), and the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (NHWBA).

In 2014, the New Hampshire Bar Association awarded Heather the Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award which was created to honor retired Judge Philip Hollman’s efforts as a stalwart advocate for gender equality in the legal system.  In 2012, the New Hampshire Supreme Court appointed Heather to serve on the Professional Conduct Committee of the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Attorney Discipline Office.  In 2006, she was selected to serve on the New Hampshire Supreme Court Commission on the Status of the Legal Profession. In the community, Heather served on the board of trustees for the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire, and completed a six-year term as a trustee of Planned Parenthood of Northern New

Heather can be reached at hkrans@steinlawpllc.com or by calling 603-228-1109.

Bar Admissions:

Massachusetts (1997)

New Hampshire (1998)

U.S. District Court of New Hampshire (1998)

U.S.District Court of Massachusetts (2008)

First Circuit Court of Appeals (2010)


Best Lawyers 2015 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" - Concord, NH

Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award 2015

New Hampshire Bar Association “Philip Hollman Gender Equality Award” (2014)  
Best Lawyers  2014 Family Law "Lawyer of the Year" - Concord, NH

Best Lawyers in America, 22nd Edition (2016) (Family Law)

Best Lawyers in America, 21st Edition (2015) (Family Law)
Best Lawyers in America, 20th edition (2014) (Family Law)  
Best Lawyers in America, 19th edition (2013) (Family Law)  
Best Lawyers Edition of New Hampshire Magazine, one of five featured lawyers (November 2013)
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) (2012)  
Super Lawyers® New England - Rising Stars Edition (2010-2012) 

Professional Memberships:

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) (2012-Present)  
Professional Conduct Committee of the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Attorney Discipline
Office (2012-Present) 
American Bar Association (ABA) (1998-Present)  
New Hampshire Bar Association; Chair, Family Law Section (2012)  
New Hampshire Department of Employment Security's Appellate Board, Chair (2010-2014) 
New Hampshire Women's Bar Association; President (2004-2006)   

Office Location

One Barberry Lane
P.O. Box 2159
Concord, NH 03302-2159
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

Practice Areas

Family Law

Other Information

Gender: Female