Richard M. Heimann

Richard M. Heimann

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP

Recognized since 2007

San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Consumer Protection Law

Litigation - Antitrust

Litigation - Securities

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Litigation - Securities
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A Lawyer’s Lawyer

Richard M. Heimann supervises Lieff Cabraser’s securities and financial fraud practice. He began his legal career as a deputy public defender and later served as an assistant district attorney.

From this foundation, Richard has become 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 torts cases. In its 2015 inaugural review of the nation’s top trial lawyers, Law360 selected Richard as a “Trial Ace.” Just one of 50 attorneys recognized, Richard is the only trial ace practicing at a law firm that represents solely plaintiffs. Law 360 stated:

"Heimann has left an indelible mark on complex securities and investor fraud, consumer protection, antitrust, personal injury and mass tort cases – all of which he has pursued with zeal, backed up by intense fact-finding."

Extraordinary Results

Richard supervised the firm’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.

In Edsaco, the jury returned a $170.7 million verdict. Commenting on Richard’s advocacy in the case, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston stated,

"Counsel for the plaintiffs did a very good job in a very tough situation of achieving an excellent recovery for the class here. You were opposed by extremely capable lawyers. It was an uphill battle. … The recovery that was achieved for the class … is remarkable, almost a hundred percent."

For his work in the Wells Fargo case, California Lawyer magazine awarded Richard its prestigious California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award. Richard’s trial performance, U.S. District Court Judge William A. Alsup stated, “ranks as one of the best this judge has seen in 16 years on the bench.”

Richard received a second CLAY award in 2013 for his outstanding success in the LCDs antitrust litigation, which resulted in settlements totaling over $470 million. The California Lawyer observed:

"Heimann and [co-counsel] won a jury verdict last year against Toshiba, even though evidence they brought was circumstantial and the defendant had never been accused of criminal wrongdoing. Their work created a roadmap for large-scale civil prosecution and restore the threat of trial in major antitrust class cases."


  • 275 Battery Street, 29th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111


  • Georgetown University, J.D., graduated 1972
  • University of Florida, B.S.B.A., graduated 1969

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • California, The State Bar of California
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • New York, New York State Bar Association


  • Bar Association of San Francisco - Member
  • State Bar of California - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2006
  • 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

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Securities Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Litigation - Securities

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Securities, San Francisco (2018)
  • Litigation - Securities, San Francisco (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers® in America 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Securities
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Securities


  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 100 Attorneys in California, Daily Journal, 2010-2011, 2018, 2022
  • “Product Liability MVP of the Year,” Law360, 2022
  • "Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America," 2019-2022
  • 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 - 2023
  • "Super Lawyer for Northern California," Super Lawyers, 2004 - 2022
  • "Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers," 2019, 2022
  • “Top Plaintiff Lawyers,” California Daily Journal, 2021, 2022
  • “Lawdragon 500 Hall of Fame,” Lawdragon, 2020
  • “Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” Lawdragon, 2019
  • “Litigation Trailblazer,” The National Law Journal, 2018, 2020
  • "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 Plaintiff, 2013-2016
  • California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award, California Lawyer, 2011, 2013
  • Legal 500 recommended lawyer, 2013
  • "Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers," Super Lawyer, 2013
  • Top Attorneys In Securities Law, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, 2010, 2012
  • Consumer Attorney of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2011
  • Lawdragon Finalist, Lawdragon, 2009-2011


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