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Heather Ferbert: Chief Deputy City Attorney

Meet Heather:

Chief Deputy City Attorney Heather Ferbert works every day to uphold the law and deliver for San Diego neighborhoods. As City Attorney, Heather Ferbert will:

  • Launch the Housing Protection Unit to preserve the affordable housing we simply can’t afford to lose.

  • Keep San Diego Safe. Enforce the law and give our prosecutors the tools and resources they need to do their jobs. 

  • Protect taxpayers and working families with a stronger consumer protection unit to go after financial scams, illegal pollution, and fair pay violations.

  • Always stand up for women whether that means going after domestic abusers, providing support to survivors, or defending the right to choose.

  • Uphold the law equally. Ensure city officials act justly. No political favors.

Unmatched Legal Experience

Qualified. Committed. Ready To Lead. That’s Chief Deputy City Attorney Heather Ferbert.  

As Chief Deputy City Attorney, Heather has defended women’s rights, opened emergency homeless shelters, protected our parks and waterways, and stopped million-dollar real estate fraud scams. Heather currently leads the City’s legal team that advises the City Council and ensures City officials follow the law.  

 Previously, Heather was an attorney for the Housing Commission and other public agencies.

The Law, Not Politics

For Heather, it’s always about making a real difference for the people – never politics. As Chief Deputy City Attorney, Heather delivered on some of the toughest challenges facing San Diego.

  • Broke the gridlock to open emergency homeless shelters and new treatment centers

  • Stopped multi-million real estate fraud scams and uncovered financial waste and mismanagement

  • Stood up for abortion rights by strengthening San Diego’s pro-choice protections after the Supreme Court ruling

A Working mom Who Gets it

A mother and attorney for the people, Heather lives by her values of integrity, hard work, and leading by example. And she knows the struggles families and women often face because she’s lived them, working her way up in a male-dominated field while proudly raising her family.

Heather is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. She’s active in the Lawyer's Club of San Diego, the women’s bar association, and is an adjunct professor at the San Diego School of Law. Heather trains new lawyers hoping to inspire them to careers in public interest and to be engaged members of the legal community. 

She lives in the Normal Heights neighborhood with her husband, Andrew, and their daughter.