Chatham District Attorney Meg Heap began her career as a Volunteer Coordinator and Victim Advocate with the Victim-Witness Assistance Program located in the Savannah District Attorney’s Office. This position ignited a lifelong passion of working with victims of crime and senior citizens. After law school, she worked in the Cherokee County District Attorney’s office from Juvenile Court to Superior Court prosecuting a wide range of cases including murder and child molestation. In 1995, she began work as an assistant district attorney in Chatham County handling State Court Division misdemeanor cases, moving to Superior Court to handle felony cases in 1997. At the end of 2005, Heap was assigned to handle elder and disabled adult abuse cases, the first such prosecutor in the state. She served as Chief Assistant District Attorney from the beginning of 2009 to fall of 2010. Heap left the DA’s office and was elected District Attorney in November of 2012. Heap has served as District Attorney since January 2013. She is currently serving her second term.
She is the immediate past-president of the District Attorney’s Association of Georgia. Heap was named the 2019 District Attorney of the Year by the District Attorney’s Association of Georgia.
Heap serves on the Georgia State Bar Code Revision Commission and the Georgia State Judicial Nominating Commission. She serves on the Executive Committee for Duffie Stone, the 2019-2020 President of the National District Attorney’s Association. Heap is serving as the Chairman of the Best Practices Committee for NDAA.
She currently serves on the board of her high school alma mater St. Vincent's Academy and is the Chair of the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia.
Heap was raised in Savannah, GA. A graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy, she attended Georgia Southern University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Heap obtained her Juris Doctorate from Mercer University. Heap is married and has two sons.
Saint Vincent’s Academy
1982 - Honor Graduate
Georgia Southern College
1986 - Cum Laude - Honor Graduate
Mercer University | Walter F. George School of Law
1992 - Juris Doctor
Assistant District Attorney 1995 - 2008
Eastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney's Office
Chatham County Courthouse
Chief Assistant District Attorney 2009 - 2010
Eastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office
Chatham County Courthouse
Staff Attorney 2010 - 2011
Judge Penny Freesemann
Superior Court of Chatham County
Attorney at Metts Law Firm 2011
Solo Practitioner 2012
Chatham County District Attorney
2013 to present
District Attorney’s Association of Georgia, Past President 2019
National District Attorney’s Association, Executive Committee
Prosecuting Attorney’s Council Chairman
Georgia Judicial Nominating Committee
Georgia Bar Association Georgia Code Revision Commission
Chatham County Family Justice Center, Founding Board Member
Saint Vincent’s Academy Board
Past Member, United Way of Coastal Empire
Past Member, Coastal Children’s Advocacy Center, Board of Directors
Past Member, Greater Savannah Coalition of Aging
Past Member, Elder Abuse Multi-disciplinary Team
Past Member, Adult Services Advisory Council
Past Member, S.A.L.T. Council (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together)
Past Member, Senior Medicare Patrol Advisory Council
Past Member, Advisory Council for State Long-term Care Ombudsmen Program