Thomas J. Heiden
Tom Heiden serves as global Chair of the firm's Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions Practice.
Mr. Heiden is a trial lawyer who has tried cases in every region of the US. His practice focuses on difficult and high-profile lawsuits, including toxic tort, high-stakes energy, utility, resource and business contract and tort disputes. He is acclaimed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation 2013-2015 and recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for his work in government contracts.
Mr. Heiden’s energy and utility litigation covers a wide variety of cases, including trials involving nuclear power plants and the management and operation of electric generating plants. He served as lead trial counsel in the first steam generator replacement case; he tried a six-month jury trial over a pressure-suppression containment system; he tried the qui tam nuclear security case at the Rocky Flats Arsenal. He has extensive upstream and downstream oil and gas trial experience.
Mr. Heiden has tried cases arising from catastrophic industrial accidents (including the tragic Ford-Rouge powerhouse explosion), served as lead trial counsel in more than 5,000 personal injury toxic tort suits in Mississippi, and has successfully defended toxic tort cases in California, Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska.
Mr. Heiden recently tried and won the high-profile US$4 billion Pro Football Lockout Fund trial. He most recently defended and won the lead high school football concussion class action.
Mr. Heiden serves as visiting professor of Intensive Trial Advocacy at Cornell University Law School. He chaired the Practising Law Institute Faculty on Corporate Responsibility for seven years. Mr. Heiden has been a frequent guest on CNN's "Big Trials of the Day" segment. He also coached a North American Championship hockey team.