Attorney and R.N. Heather C. Barden was a nurse for eleven years before she began her second career as a lawyer. Her bedside manner developed as a nurse gives her the unique ability to connect with clients. Heather's medical background makes her highly proficient and knowledgeable in medical record and injury analysis. She also excels at both civil and criminal trial work. In October 2015, Heather founded Smith Law Firm which merged with Barden & Barden in 2016. Prior to founding Smith Law Firm, Heather was a law clerk at the Morley Law Firm in Grand Forks where she worked on civil defense matters. She graduated from Kaplan University and the University of North Dakota School of Law.