Thomas Heiden

Adjunct Professor of Law
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901


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Professional Biography

Tom Heiden is Partner and Global Chair of Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Actions Practice at Latham & Watkins LLP. As a trial lawyer, he has has tried cases in every region of the U.S. 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.

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 also 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. He recently tried and won the high-profile US$4 billion Pro Football Lockout Fund trial.


J.D., Cornell Law School, 1971