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Heather Sneddon '95

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

At Waterford Since: 6th grade

The last gift she received: A gift card to Copper Onion from her realtor

What she does when she’s alone in her car: Thinks about the work she has yet to finish

What would she do if she won $10 million dollars: Pay off the practical things and then ensure that she could help her friends and family in need and work in the community on issues that would make a difference.


During her senior year at Waterford, Heather Sneddon had her sights set on an Ivy League education. She applied to Dartmouth College and was waitlisted. Word quickly spread through the faculty that Heather had not been accepted at her first choice. “I never learned exactly which teachers at Waterford sent in additional letters of recommendation to get me into Dartmouth, but it was Mr. Rosett who let me know that a group of them did so, without my asking.” 

“Waterford helped me develop the capacity for analytical thought that has served me well in everything I have done since. I learned logic, critical analysis, and writing skills at Waterford. I was well prepared academically for college and law school.”

 The unique student/teacher relationship that Waterford is known for played a crucial role in Heather’s ultimate acceptance at Dartmouth and eventual decision to attend Brown University.

“And so even though I ultimately got into Dartmouth because of the incredible outpouring of support I received from my Waterford teachers, I chose to go to Brown because Mr. Shaw, my college counselor, convinced me that his alma mater was the perfect fit for me. And he was absolutely right.”

Heather graduated from Brown in 1999, obtaining an A.B. in Religious Studies. Returning home to Utah, she attended the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, receiving her J.D. in 2002. During law school, she served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Sandra N. Peuler of the Third District Court, and as a law clerk at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement. She joined Anderson & Karrenberg in 2003, and has spent the last thirteen years as a commercial litigator focusing on contract, trade secret, intellectual property and real estate disputes, professional malpractice matters, shareholder derivative lawsuits and the prosecution and defense of all manner of business torts.

Heather calls her time at Waterford extremely influential and is quick to attribute much of her success to the Waterford experience.