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Richard M. Heimann
Partner, San Francisco Office
415 956-1000

“Our passion is to hold accountable those whose fraud and misconduct have robbed investors of billions, no matter how wealthy or powerful those responsible for the losses are.” —Richard M. Heimann

Richard M. Heimann

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
J.D. – 1972
Georgetown Law Journal, 1971 – 1972
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
B.S.B.A with Honors – 1969

California, 1975
District of Columbia, 1974
New York, 2000
Pennsylvania, 1972
U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 2015
U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1973
U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2001
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1975
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2005
U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, 1985
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2006

Bar Association of San Francisco
State Bar of California

Securities Law Roundtable, California Lawyer, April 2007, April 2008, March 2009, September 2010, March 2013
“Preliminary Issues Regarding Forum Selection, Jurisdiction, and Choice of Law in Class Actions,” December 1999

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion by peers in The Best Lawyers in America in fields of “Bet the Company Litigation,” “Litigation – Antitrust,” “Litigation – Securities,” and “Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs”, 2007-2021
“Super Lawyer for Northern California,” Super Lawyers, 2004-2020
“Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2019, 2020
“Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2019
“Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America,” Benchmark Litigation, 2017, 2018
“Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers, recognized in the category of Litigation – Securities for San Francisco, 2016-2017
“Outstanding Private Practice Antitrust Achievement,” American Antitrust Institute, 2017
“California Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2016
California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award, California Lawyer, 2011 & 2013
Legal 500 recommended lawyer, LeagalEase, 2013
“Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers,” Super Lawyers, 2013
“Top Attorneys In Securities Law,” Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2010, 2012
“Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist,” Consumer Attorneys of California, 2011
“Top 100 Attorneys in California,” Daily Journal, 2010-2011
“Lawdragon Finalist,” Lawdragon, 2009-2011

Richard M. Heimann supervises Lieff Cabraser’s securities and financial fraud practice. He is one of the nation’s foremost trial attorneys and skilled negotiators, with unparalleled experience in complex securities and investor fraud, antitrust and intellectual property, consumer protection, and personal injury and mass tort cases. Richard led Lieff Cabraser’s work in the Wells Fargo Shareholder Derivative Litigation and was appointed Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in the case. In April 2020, the Court granted final approval to a settlement including a $240 million cash payment, the largest insurer-funded derivative settlement in history, and corporate governance reforms.

Richard also supervised Lieff Cabraser’s landmark litigation against the tobacco industry on behalf of Massachusetts, California, and several other states. The litigation was resolved in 1998 as part of a record $206 billion master settlement agreement with the state Attorneys General. Richard has also successfully tried over 30 civil jury cases, highlighted by the FPI/Agretech and Edsaco securities class action trials, the Wells Fargo Bank overdraft fees consumer protection class action trial, and the LCDs antitrust class action.

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