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Thomas Heiden ’71 Will Serve as Distinguished Practitioner in Residence

Renowned trial lawyer Thomas Heiden ’71 will serve as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Cornell Law School in the spring semester of 2022, during which time he will teach a course on Business Litigation and one on Depositions. Heiden is also teaching an Intensive Trial Advocacy class during the January term for the seventh year.

Thomas Heiden

Thomas Heiden of Latham & Watkins. HANDOUT.

Heiden, a partner and former global head of product liability, mass torts, and consumer class actions practice at international law firm Latham & Watkins, has tried cases in every region of the United States. His practice has focused on difficult and high-profile lawsuits, including toxic tort, high-stakes energy, utility, resource and business contract, and tort disputes. In 2011, Heiden tried and won the high-profile $4 billion Pro Football Lockout Fund trial. He most recently tried and won the CONSOL Energy $765 million contract case and before that he defended and won the lead high school football concussion class action.

“I’ve always been driven by a desire to make meaningful contributions,” says Heiden. “I’ve had experiences and have been entrusted with challenges I never dreamed of when walking the halls of the Law School. I cherished each of those opportunities and look forward to sharing them with today’s Cornell Law School students and faculty.”

Heiden has been recognized as a fellow in the esteemed American College of Trial Lawyers and chair of its Trial Teaching Committee. He was a frequent guest on CNN’s “Big Trials of the Day” segment. Heiden received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1971 and his B.A. from Notre Dame University in 1967.

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