Heather K. Rowell


(508) 477-6400


Ms. Rowell focuses her practice on general civil litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of business litigation and insurance defense litigation. She has extensive experience handling a variety of complex civil litigation matters, including those relating to general liability, personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, liquor liability, premises liability, commercial disputes and construction defect.

Ms. Rowell represents a range of clients, including individuals, small businesses, large corporations, and insurance carriers. She has successfully tried civil cases in courts of the Commonwealth, involving motor vehicle tort and premises liability claims. She has effectively represented clients through dispositive motion practice, in which she has obtained summary judgment in actions involving motor vehicle negligence, premises liability and social host liability. Ms. Rowell also has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.

Before joining Gargiulo/Rudnick in 2009, Ms. Rowell practiced in California at the firm of Bremer Whyte Brown & O’Meara, LLP, from 2006 to 2008. There, she handled a variety of litigation matters in the areas of insurance defense, personal injury, general liability defense, wrongful death, complex construction defect, environmental law, employment law and business law.

While in law school, Ms. Rowell earned a CALI award for highest academic performance in a legal research and writing class, and was a national semi-finalist in the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition based on demonstrated oral advocacy and written briefing skills. Ms. Rowell is a co-author of E-Z Review for Legal Writing, a comprehensive guide to legal writing and legal method published in 2003.

Representative cases include:
•Defense jury verdict in favor of store in premises liability case involving a claim that plaintiff tripped over a box
•Defense jury verdict in favor of small business in slip and fall claim involving an alleged failure to warn
•Defense jury verdict in motor vehicle negligence case involving moped
•Summary judgment in favor of homeowners in social host liability case involving weapons and alcohol
•Summary judgment in favor of defendant in motor vehicle negligence claim involving a collision with a deer
•Summary judgment in favor of small business in premises liability claim involving a disc golf course
•Summary judgment in favor of insurance company in M.G.L. c. 93A claim
•Summary judgment in favor of contractor in negligent construction claim



  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California



  • ChapmanUniversitySchool of Law, J.D. (2004)
  • Boston University, B.A. (1996)


  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Barnstable County Bar Association