Beginning her public service career as a law enforcement officer, Heather Dwyer decided to serve her community in a new way as she joins the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

Although Heather Dwyer was born in Maryland, San Bernardino County is her home. Her parents relocated to California when she was a child and she considers herself a true Californian at heart. 

Deputy District Attorney Heather Dwyer was sworn in on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 by District Attorney Jason Anderson.

Heather graduated from a local high school where she was a distinguished scholar-athlete. She then obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from a California State University where she also played NCAA Division I soccer.

After a brief stint playing semi-professional soccer in Europe, Heather moved to Maryland near to her paternal family. Heather has felt called to public service and law enforcement for as long as she can remember. In pursuit of this calling, she became a police officer with a city police department in Maryland. She had always planned on attending law school and intended to do so part-time while working as a patrol officer. However, after a shoulder injury sidelined her law enforcement career, she returned to sunny California to focus on attending law school full-time.

Heather graduated from the University of La Verne College of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 2014. While at the University of La Verne, Heather was a member of Law Review, Moot Court, and became a published author when her article was selected for publication in the Law Review-Journal. She balanced the rigors of law school while raising two small children.

Heather began her career as an attorney at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office in August 2014 serving as a Volunteer Deputy District Attorney. She had assignments in the gang, major crimes, and cold case units. In her volunteer capacity, Heather demonstrated a superior ability to analyze complex legal issues while cohesively and persuasively presenting legal arguments. As a result, she was entrusted with assignments on high profile and complex cases.

“I have a deep sense of duty to stand up for what is right and just and to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
DDA Heather Dwyer

For the last five years, Heather has worked in family law helping people with child custody, dissolution, and domestic violence issues. Although she enjoyed the flexible schedule it provided when her children were young, she knew family law was not where she ultimately belonged. Heather truly feels called to public service and there is nowhere she would rather fulfill her purpose than the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office where she can serve her own community. Heather will be assigned to the special prosecution division.