Heather Rice has been on the firm’s liability team since 2016, where she concentrates her litigation practice on the defense of healthcare providers and medical institutions in medical malpractice claims. She is also experienced in defending against premises liability claims, products liability claims, dog bite claims, construction defect claims, commercial trucking accident claims, and claims against paratransit vehicles.  She has litigated numerous complex civil suits and has tried several jury trials throughout the state of Maryland.

Before joining Franklin & Prokopik, Heather worked as an associate attorney at a personal injury firm in Towson, Maryland.  While there, she handled automobile accidents, nursing home negligence, and medical malpractice litigation matters.  This experience enables her to analyze issues from different perspectives having argued on both the plaintiff and defense sides.

During law school, Heather served as a Rule 16 Student Attorney for the University of Baltimore Criminal Clinic, working at the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.  She also was a member of the University of Baltimore’s William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court team and later served on the board.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Maryland Super Lawyers, Rising Star 2014 – 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2022-2023


Heather is a member of the Baltimore City Bar Association, Baltimore County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association.   In her free time, Heather is an avid volunteer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and enjoys weekend trips to New York City to see Broadway productions.