Adam S. Heder


Adam is a litigator. Whether on behalf of individuals, large, medium, or small businesses, or governments, there is little Adam relishes more than being in a courtroom in front of a judge or a jury arguing his case. He has represented parties both as plaintiffs and defendants and has had success at every stage of litigation, including on the pleadings, on pre-trial motions, in trial, or on appeal.

Mr. Heder’s practice has focused on representing individuals and companies in civil fraud matters, business disputes, and construction claims. He has represented public and private companies in federal and state court, as well as in private arbitrations. He has extensive experience litigating civil rights claims in federal court as well as representing private companies in whistleblower litigation. He has represented attorneys in legal malpractice matters and public companies in shareholder disputes. And he has represented numerous individuals and companies in property disputes and commercial claims. Prior to starting private practice, Mr. Heder spent a year clerking for Judge N. Randy Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he briefed complex legal matters at the highest levels. If it can be litigated, Mr. Heder almost certainly has some experience in the matter to speak of.


  • Oregon State Bar, 2015
  • California State Bar, 2010
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Oregon, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern California, 2011


  • J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D., 2009: Order of the Coif; magnum cum laude; Editorial Board of International Law and Management Review; Recipient of Hugh B. Brown Barristers Award for academic excellence; top 10 best Oralist at 2009 ABA Regional Moot Court Competition
  • Brigham Young University, B.A. 2006: Cum laude; academic scholarship recipient

Professional Experience

  • Harris Berne Christensen, LLP (Lake Oswego, OR), Attorney, 2017–present
  • Stewart Sokol & Larkin, LLC (Portland, OR), Attorney, 2014–2016
  • Paul Hastings LLP (Palo Alto, CA), Attorney, 2010–2014
  • United States Court of Appeals, Judicial Clerk, 2009–2010

Representative Cases

  • Shareholder Dispute: Successfully defended, through a motion to dismiss, a public company against claims of abuse by shareholders – a result upheld by the Delaware Supreme Court.
  • Breach of Contract/Business Fraud: Successfully defended, after a week-long arbitration, claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, conversion, and punitive damages.
  • Section 1983 Civil Rights: On behalf of a private healthcare provider throughout state jails, successfully procured dismissals of two matters prior to motions for summary judgement while steering a third to a nominal settlement.
  • Tenant/Landlord Dispute: Prevented an unlawful eviction while, in turn, countersuing the landlord for fraud and procuring, through settlement, title to the residence.
  • Legal Malpractice: Defended an international law firm in a large, complex malpractice case, which resulted in highly favorable settlement terms.
  • Fee Dispute: After an evidentiary hearing in state court, successfully reduced a fee award by more than two thirds.
  • Construction Disputes: I have successfully steered numerous construction companies to settlement out of commercial disputes, including, in one instance, after a 5-week arbitration in San Francisco involving multiple parties and claims.


  • “Recantations Reconsidered: A New Framework for Righting Wrongful Convictions,” Utah Law Review Volume 2012, Number 1, co-author with Professor Michael Goldsmith
  • “The Power to End War: The Extent and Limits of Congressional Power,” 41 St. Mary’s Law Journal 445 (2010).


In his free time, Mr. Heder enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, backpacking, fishing and swimming in the mountains, and collecting comic books.