Tyson Arbuthnot
Gayle M. Athanacio
Merri A. Baldwin
Ann M. Blessing
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
Sharon L. Larkin
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Robert M. Osier
Dean D. Paik
Katherine L. Pohl
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
D. Kevin Shipp
Aaron P. Silberman
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Virginia K. Young
Oliya S. Zamaray
Paul M. Zieff

John G. Heller
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Heller is co-chair of the firm’s Attorney Liability and Conduct Practice Group, and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He focuses on trials and appeals of commercial litigation, civil rights, professional liability, employment, and real estate matters. Mr. Heller is also a trained mediator, and as an adjunct to his trial practice, is retained by parties in litigation to mediate their disputes.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Heller is an experienced trial attorney. In over 20 years of practice, he has successfully represented individuals and businesses in jury trials and litigation involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, retaliation, professional negligence, bad faith, and products liability. Mr. Heller has obtained favorable judicial rulings and settlements for attorneys and other professionals sued for malicious prosecution and breach of fiduciary duty, or threatened with judicial sanctions, and has prevailed on numerous anti-SLAPP motions in litigation against professionals. He has also served as lead counsel representing parties in international arbitration proceedings arising from commercial contract disputes.

Mr. Heller represents claimants in civil rights litigation involving excessive force, First and Fourth Amendment violations, and retaliation and harassment. As lead trial and appellate counsel, he has won and successfully defended significant judgments, and obtained a published Ninth Circuit ruling on behalf of a female FBI agent suing for gender discrimination and hostile work environment.

Mr. Heller lectures to attorneys and trade organizations on developments in civil procedure, anti-SLAPP jurisprudence, and insurance coverage. He has been a participant in the ABA Section of Litigation Legal Services Advocacy Training at Stanford Law School, providing trial skills training to public interest attorneys. He served as a member of the Host Committee for the ABA Litigation Section Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Mr. Heller is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and has been selected for inclusion on the Northern California Super Lawyers list every year since 2005.


J.D.,University of California,
Hastings College of the Law,

B.A.,University of California at Berkeley, 1982
Magna Cum Laude in Political Science

Bar Admissions
California - 1987

Attorney Liability and Conduct
Complex Commercial Litigation

Recent Publications and Public Speaking

"Credit Suisse: Too Big to Jail?" Moderator, Bar Association of San Francisco, November 2014

"Legal Ethics and the Cloud," PLI day-long Cloud Computing 2014 conference, June 9, 2014

Evolving Legal Ethics: Portable Devices, the Cloud and Social Media, PLI Information Technology Law Institute, May 15, 2014

We're All on the Same Team, Right? - Winning Through Effective Collaboration Between Trial and Appeal Counsel, Bar Association of San Francisco, May 13, 2014

Speaker, “Ethics and Environmental Law," NEPA -- Legal, Practice & Policy Developments Conference, March 2014

Moderator, “Effective Advocacy at Mediation,” Bar Association of San Francisco, October 2013

Speaker, "Justice and the Courts," PACE Program, Berkeley City College, October 2011

Lecturer, "E-Discovery, A to Z," California State Bar Convention, September 2010

Co-author, "How to Anticipate (and Avoid) Mediation Impasse," American Bar Association, Commercial & Business Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2009

Contributing author, California Liability Insurance Practice: Claims and Litigation, Continuing Education of the Bar (2006 and 2007)

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311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
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