Von S. Heinz

Von S. Heinz

Partner
vheinz@lrrc.com vCard
702.949.8215 office
702.949.8351 fax
3993 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 600
Las Vegas, NV 89169

"He has a broad commercial practice which often sees him representing law firms, casino and hotel operators, and insurance companies at both trial and appellate level." - Chambers USA

Von Heinz is the founding partner of the firm's Nevada practice and a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP and concentrates his practice in commercial and employment litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He has substantial experience in a wide range of commercial disputes involving securities, unfair business practices and other complex civil litigation, including ERISA and first-party liability litigation for insurance companies.

Representative Matters

Complex Litigation

  • Defended a regional bank against allegations of fraud resulting from failed multi-use development project, before Nevada state court and Nevada Supreme Court.
  • Successfully defended a New York law firm in litigation before Nevada federal district court, the Nevada bankruptcy court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, against charges of professional negligence arising from its representation of a formerly publicly-traded Nevada corporation.
  • Secured published ruling of first impression in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the legal duties of a court-appointed receiver.
  • Received published ruling in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the admissibility of evidence in summary judgment proceedings.
  • Successfully defended an international power company against federal claims regarding individual power supply contracts from the Nevada federal district court.
  • Successfully obtained more than $100 million in damages on behalf of more than 100 insurance companies in In Re: May 4, 1998 Fire Litigation, recovering by subrogation in excess of 97% of monies paid to insureds incurring damages as a result of the explosion of the PEPCON ammonium perchlorate manufacturing plant. Appointed by the Nevada state court to serve as the plaintiff’s chair of the Discovery Committee and the Pretrial Planning Committee.
  • Defended a product manufacturer in In Re: MGM Grand Hotel Fire Litigation, MDL 453 and appointed by the federal district court to serve as one of two lawyers to represent the interests of over 120 individually-represented defendants on the Discovery Planning and Scheduling Committee and the Pretrial Liaison Committee.

Employment and ERISA

  • Successfully obtained trial judgment in favor of a national insurance corporation on disability claim, affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defended an international financial services corporation against charges of wrongful termination and gender discrimination in Nevada federal district court.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of national home health care corporation in employment discrimination matter, affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Secured published ruling of first impression in the Nevada federal district court regarding scope of preemption of state law claims in an action arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Securities Litigation

  • Prevailed on behalf of an international brokerage house in stock trading dispute before Nevada state court and FINRA.
  • Represented an international financial corporation in securities fraud actions pending in the Nevada state court, the Nevada federal district court and the Nevada bankruptcy court.
  • Served as lead Nevada counsel for an international arbitrageur in a hostile takeover action between competing computer corporations in Nevada federal district court.
  • Acted as principal Nevada litigation counsel for an international hotel/casino corporation in a hostile takeover action in both the Nevada federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Related News

10/10/2016
Benchmark Litigation affirms ‘Highly Recommended' ranking for multiple Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie offices
22 individual attorneys included in peer-reviewed annual guide of top U.S. litigation firms
08/15/2016
83 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named in ‘Best Lawyers'
11 partners also honored as ‘Lawyer of the Year' in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
05/27/2016
Chambers USA recognizes Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys
Annual rankings reflect law firm's focus on client service, value, commitment to excellence
06/14/2016
23 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named Mountain States Super Lawyers
Annual listings reflect peer recognition and professional achievement
02/24/2016
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie named 2016 Nevada Law Firm of the Year
Benchmark Litigation recognizes top U.S. law firms for ability to handle complex cases
10/29/2015
Lewis Roca Rothgerber earns accolades in Benchmark Litigation rankings
Law firm ‘Highly Recommended' with 20 ‘Star' attorneys in guide of top U.S. litigation firms
8/26/2015

Related Publications

Book/Guide

Distinctions

  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers - Commercial Litigation, 2005-2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. - Labor and Employment Law, Commercial Litigation, and ERISA Litigation, 2008-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation - "Local Litigation Star" - General Commercial, Insurance, and Securities Litigation, 2011-2016
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers - Business Litigation, 2007-2015
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy - Faculty member, 2008-2015
  • Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating

Other Info

Education

J.D., University of Utah College of Law, 1981, William H. Leary Scholar
B.A., French, magna cum laude, University of Utah, 1977, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Phi
B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, University of Utah, 1977, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Phi

Bar Admissions

Nevada, 1981
Utah, 2013

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
U.S. District Court for the District of Utah
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, Fellow and Past Cabinet Member (served as a Director, Membership Support Network Director and a national conference chair)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Lawyer Representative (served as both the chair of the Nevada lawyer representatives and a member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference's Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee), 1998-2001
  • Nevada American Inn of Court, Master and Officer
  • American Law Institute American Bar Association, Member of Committee on Continuing Professional Education, 1994-1997
  • State Bar of Nevada, Bar Examination Grader, 1996-2003