Heidi E. Dodd

HEIDI E. DODD, a partner with Harter, Larson & Dodd LLC in Belleville, Illinois, practices law in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianships, trust administration, elder law, Medicaid planning, asset preservation, Veteran’s benefits, and real estate. Ms. Dodd is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to entering into private practice, Ms. Dodd served as Assistant General Counsel for the Illinois Department on Aging.

Ms. Dodd acts as the Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurses Association, a board member for the Veterans’ Legal Aid Society, and the O’Fallon, Illinois, YMCA. Heidi Dodd is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), served as the president for the Illinois Chapter of NAELA during 2013-2014, currently co-chairs the legislative committee, and received the chapter member of the year recognition for 2014.

Heidi Dodd received her B.S. from Southern Illinois University, M.A. from University of Illinois, J.D. from University of Tulsa, and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. Ms. Dodd is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and St. Clair County Bar Association.


  • University of Tulsa School of Law – Tulsa, Oklahoma
    Juris Doctor, 2000
  • University of Illinois – Springfield, Illinois
    M.A. Environmental Studies, 1997
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, Illinois
    B.S. Speech Communications / Minor, Political Science, 1995

Professional Experience

  • Harter, Larson & Dodd, LLC – Belleville, Illinois
    2008 to Present, Partner
  • Neubauer, Aubuchon & Dodd – Fairview Heights, Illinois
    2007, Partner
  • Neubauer, Aubuchon & Dodd – Fairview Heights, Illinois
    2005 to 2007, Associate
  • Illinois Department on Aging – Springfield, Illinois
    2001 to 2005, Assistant General Counsel

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • St. Clair County, Illinois, Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and the Illinois NAELA chapter
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Community Organizations

  • Hospice of Southern Illinois  (2010-2013)
  • Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurses Association (Board of Directors, Secretary)
  • Camp Ondessonk (former board member)
  • YMCA, O’Fallon, Illinois (board member)

Publications and Presentations (not all-inclusive)

  • Contributing writer for the Adult Lifestyle magazine, published quarterly by Belleville News-Democrat
  • Co-author of Chapter 11 of the 2013 edition of Special Needs Trust – Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – May, 2013
  • “Fundamentals of Elder Law: Planning for Incapacity” presented at a continuing education seminar through NBI – February, 2013
  • Update on Medicaid & Adoption of DRA in Illinois”
    presented to the St. Clair County Bar Association – June, 2012
  • Family Law/Elder Law Seminar
    presented to the St. Clair County Bar Association – June 2012
  • “Unprogram 2012”
    hosted by NAELA; speaker regarding The SMART Act, Chicago, Illinois – June 2012
  • Elderly Service Officer Training for the Office of Illinois Attorney General
    Fairview Heights, Illinois – May 2012
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney signing for National Healthcare Decision Day
    hosted by Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurses Association – April 2012
  • “The Fundamentals of Special Needs Trusts”
    presented; hosted by Regions Morgan Keegan Trust Company in Memphis, Tennessee, April 2011
  • Caregiver conferences hosted by Area Agency on Aging
  • Heidi Dodd serves as an invited keynote speaker for many local organizations and groups interested in the benefits of estate planning and special needs planning.
    She has shared information through presentations at area churches, caregiver workshops, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities