Heritage Law Firm


Heritage Law Firm was formed in 2017 to serve citizens across the state of North Carolina. The Firm focuses in a number of practice areas including Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Business Planning, Family Law, Property Law, and Construction Law.

The mobility of Heritage Law Firm allows for expansive reach across the state of North Carolina. Heritage Law Firm is here for you! In order to meet the needs of citizens in diverse regions of the state, consultations are available in our Uptown Charlotte office. We’ll have the ability to meet with you in our new Raleigh office in 2019!

Phone consultations are available for any citizen across the state.

Meet Your Attorneys

The three managing attorneys at Heritage Law Firm, David E. Dean, Cody A. Svejda, & Christopher J. Leddy, Jr., started the firm in 2017.

The trio met in law school in 2013. After school, each attorney began working for local Charlotte area attorneys to gain experience in the different fields of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Business Planning, Family Law, ​Property Law, and Civil Litigation. Soon after serving in these various roles working for other attorneys, the three sat down for lunch and decided to create a reality out of their dreams of business ownership.​​

The trio brings a diverse background to the table to effectively serve clients in varying legal fields.

David E. Dean – Managing Partner

David E. Dean
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David E. Dean was born in Union County, North Carolina and raised by his parents Scott Dean and Linda Freeman. He attended Parkwood High School where his passion for the law came to full fruition: David was selected to go to the United Nations in New York City to serve on a mock tribunal where he got his first hands-on experience in a judicial system.

After graduating from Parkwood High School, David Dean attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). It was here where David learned that he belonged in the legal field. He received his Bachelor’s Degree with a double-major in Political Science (concentrating in Pre-Law) and Sociology (concentrating in Criminology). David also obtained a minor in Philosophy. During college, he participated in mock trials, wrote legal briefs, and gave presentations on various legal topics.

During his time in law school David Dean found joy in volunteering for several organizations including Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Wills for Heroes. It was here where David began writing estate planning documents for under-served individuals as well as local fire fighters and police officers. David also volunteered with the North Carolina legal aid where he assisted clients in an array of matters, such as serving as a Guardian ad Litem for Cabarrus County. Immediately after graduating David sat for the North Carolina Bar Exam and was admitted to practice law.

While in law school David married the love of his life, Rebecca. She is currently a first-grade teacher for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. David & Rebecca share a passion for helping and educating others.

Bar Admissions
– North Carolina State Bar
– U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
– U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

Affiliations & Organizations
– North Carolina Bar Association
– North Carolina Notary Public

Accreditations
– Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney

Cody A. Svejda – Managing Partner

Cody A. Svejda

Cody A. Svejda (pronounced “SWAY-dee”) contributes substantively to our firm because of his adaptability, strong work ethic, and sophisticated legal services. Cody grew up in Iowa where he attended St. Ambrose University. He received his Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in Pre-Law. During his time in college time, Cody was a full-time student, construction foreman, and a bull rider. As a foreman, he critically analyzed and designed solutions for difficult tasks, and transitioned skills from one project to another, while his dedication to bull riding taught him self-discipline and perseverance.

Immediately after graduating law school, Cody sat for, and passed, the North Carolina Bar Exam. During his time in law school, he gained extensive litigation and investigative experience in a wide range of civil and criminal matters. Cody developed as a litigator by representing clients in Mecklenburg County District Court. He gained significant experience with collaborative and detail-oriented work involving commercial, landlord-tenant, and consumer law while he was the student liaison for Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Cody’s primary practice areas include Business Law, Commercial Law, Construction Law, and Property Law. He also provides both arbitration and litigation services on behalf of his clients. Cody’s main focus is to meet his clients demands. He strives to meet their individual needs on a day-to-day basis. Cody takes pride in serving each individual client’s needs and handling every case with the detailed attention and respect, something he believes every client deserves.

Bar Admissions
– North Carolina State Bar
– U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

Affiliations & Organizations
– North Carolina Bar Association
– Mecklenburg County Bar
– North Carolina Notary Public


Accreditations
– Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney

Christopher J. Leddy, Jr. – Managing Partner

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Christopher J. Leddy, Jr. was born in the Catskill mountains of upstate New York. Chris moved to Stuart, Florida with his family at the age of 5. Growing up in the Sunshine State is what sparked his love and desire to practice in very focused areas of the law: Estate Planning & Elder Law. Prior to beginning his career, Chris worked diligently over a four year period to obtain the Gold Congressional Award Medal. During 2007, this honor was bestowed upon only 273 youth across the nation who completed over 400+ hours of community service, 200+ hours of physical fitness, 200+ hours of personal development, and a 4 night expedition. Chris learned valuable life lessons while completing these goals that he still uses to this day.

Chris attended the University of South Florida (USF) for his undergraduate studies. He received his Bachelor’s Degree with a double-major in Political Science and History. This degree focus has fostered both a passion for civic engagement and a love for the United States military. Upon graduation from USF, Chris spent the beginning years of his professional career working for the Martin County Supervisor of Elections in Stuart, Florida. This experience fostered his love for elder law issues and it was after this experience that Chris decided to pursue a legal career.

During law school, Chris clerked for a private firm that focused on Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Elder Law issues such as Medicaid Pre-Planning, Medicaid Crisis Planning and Veterans Affairs Aid & Attendance. Chris was also a member of Moot Court Team during law school, where he competed in the Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition. His passion for appellate advocacy and civil litigation stems from this experience. Upon graduation, Chris worked for a small Estate Planning firm in Fort Mill, SC while he studied for, sat for, and passed the South Carolina Bar Exam. The following July, Chris sat for, and passed, the North Carolina Bar Exam.

Chris takes pride is a “client-first” approach as well as his attention to detail. His main focus is to assist clients leverage their options to maximize their wealth, in order to preserve their heritage and legacy for future generations. These foundations have provided the Heritage Law Firm mission, “Your Life, Our Passion.”

On a personal note, Chris is married to the love of his life, Macy. The two live in Indian Land, SC with their beautiful daughter, Kinsley, and their three dogs, Daisy, Bailey, & Kahlua. Chris & Macy are active parishioners at St. Matthews Church in Ballantyne.

Bar Admissions
– North Carolina State Bar
– U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina

Affiliations & Organizations
– North Carolina Bar Association
– Mecklenburg County Bar
– North Carolina Notary Public
– South Carolina Notary Public
– South Park Ballantyne Referral Group, Vice President

Accreditations
– Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney

Personal Accomplishments
– Gold Congressional Award Medal

If you are in immediate need of legal assistance, give us a call at (704) 233-3550 or click below to schedule a consultation

If you are in immediate need of legal assistance, give us a call at (704) 233-3550