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Jennifer Utter Heston

Shareholder / Lansing


  • The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; Political Science (M.A., summa cum laude, 2003)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX (J.D., with honors, 1998)
  • Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York Albany, NY; Policy Analysis (M.P.A., summa cum laude, 1993)
  • University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY; Political Science (B.A., magna cum laude, 1992)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth and D.C. Circuits
  • State Bar of Ohio
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

When Michigan's largest industrial energy users, independent power producers, and competitive energy providers need the sharpest public utility or energy law attorney, they reach out to Jennifer Utter Heston. Jennifer doesn't do anything halfway. For example, she has four advanced degrees and graduated with honors for each diploma she received.

In addition to Michigan, Jennifer is a member of the State Bars in Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. She was on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Criminal Law, and was a Director and Past President of the Michigan 2-1-1 Board of Directors. 

Other Professional Experience:

  • Michigan Senate Majority Policy Office - Technology, Telecommunications and Energy Policy Advisor (2004-2006)
  • Michigan Public Service Commission – Administrative Law Specialist (2003-2004)
  • Ohio Consumers’ Counsel – Assistant Consumers Counsel (1999-2003)
Professional Associations
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Volunteer, Girl Scouts of America
  • Director and Past-President, Michigan 2-1-1 Board of Directors
  • Elected Precinct Delegate to Party Convention
  • Columbus Bar Association- Barrister Leaders Program
  • Operation Feed Agency Coordinator
Honors & Distinctions
  • Achieved an AV Preeminent® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America for Administrative / Regulatory Law in Lansing 2023; first listed in 2013
  • Board of Advocates
    • Calhoun & Stacey Voir Dire Competition (1998 Champion)
    • Carl W. Wilson Novice Mock Trial Competition (1998 Participant)
    • Susman Godfrey Endowed Moot Court Competition (1998 Quarter-Finalist)
    • Mediation Competition (1998 Second Place)
  • Selected as a '2022 Leading Michigan Lawyer' by Leading Lawyers for Energy Law; Governmental, Municipal, Lobbying & Administrative Law; and Public Utilities Law: Gas/Water/Electric; first named in 2014
  • Selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Michigan Super Lawyer" in Utilities (2022)
  • Dean’s Achievement Award for Highest Achievement in Real Estate Law (1998) and Family Law (1997)
  • Editorial Board- American Journal of Criminal Law, Volume 25
Testimonials & Client Matters

"Ms. Heston often represents clients adverse to clients I represent. She is a very worth adversary and, in my experience, of the highest ethical standards!" – Private Practice Attorney

"Excellent attorney." – Judge