Adam S. Heder

Profile

Mr. Heder is a litigator. Mr. Heder represents primarily plaintiffs – individuals or small to medium companies – against those that would seek to abuse, exploit, or take advantage of them.  He represents plaintiffs in personal injury suits, motor vehicle accidents, and business torts and contractual disputes.

Mr. Heder specializes in representing individuals afflicted with indoor air quality issues, namely mold, mycotoxins, volatile organic compounds, and other pollutants and contaminants within their homes or rental spaces.  Tenants often go months or years living in contaminated conditions without knowing it, only to realize later that they have been paying rent for a living space that threatens their physical health on a daily basis.  Without knowing the basic medical consequences of living in such contaminated spaces, such people often do nothing to remedy the situation.  Mr. Heder has successfully guided numerous clients under such circumstances to victory in arbitration hearings and settlement.

Mr. Heder also represents a variety of businesses in business disputes ranging from straightforward contract dispute to the complex multi-party litigation.  Mr. Heder has successfuly defended a board of directors against a shareholder complaint in Delaware, defeated a false claims act on the pleadings in a multi-million dollar lawsuit in federal court, and is currently representing a hedge fund suing a public company in New York federal court for defamation.

Whether on behalf of individuals, large, medium, or small businesses, there is little Mr. Heder relishes more than being in a courtroom arguing his case. 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.

Representative Cases

  • Construction Defect/Indoor Air Quality:  Recently took a homeowner all the way through arbitration hearing against a home builder/seller for delivering a home that did not properly ventilate formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds.  At hearing, Mr. Heder’s clients were awarded every dollar they requested.
  • Construction Commercial Dispute:  Defeated on summary judgment a subcontractor’s meritless claims against the general contractor.  The subcontractor’s claims were entirely dismissed, and the matter resulted in a monetary judgment in favor of Mr. Heder’s clients.
  • Mold Contamination:  In just the last 18 months, guided to favorable settlement six cases all alleging extensive mold contamination and personal injury resulting therefrom.
  • False Claims Act:  Defeated on the pleadings a purported whistleblower’s claims against a large construction company falsely claiming the company had deceived government contractors.
  • Tenant/Landlord Dispute: Prevented an unlawful eviction while, in turn, countersuing the landlord for fraud and procuring, through settlement, title to the residence.
  • Breach of Contract/Business Fraud: Successfully defended, after a week-long arbitration, claims for breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, conversion, and punitive damages.

Admitted

  • 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

Education

  • 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

Publications

  • “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).

Personal

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