600 West Broadway
San Diego, California 92101-3384
Jim Heffner is a litigation partner in Hahn Loeser’s San Diego office primarily handling high-stakes business disputes and complex commercial litigation. He has a unique perspective, representing plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of disputes.
Jim knows from experience what motivates plaintiffs and defendants. This dual perspective informs his litigation and trial tactics, settlement negotiations, and mediation presentations. Jim’s emphasis on case-specific legal strategy results in efficient and effective tactics often unimagined by the opposition.
Far from a cookie-cutter practice turning out the same case time after time, Jim thrives on variety, flexibility, and creativity. He draws on his passion for the law, deep desire to win, and business acumen to the benefit of his clients, large and small.
Jim’s varied practice has given him substantial experience in litigation involving class-action defense, partnerships and other fiduciary relationships, contracts, unfair competition, trade secrets, intellectual property, real estate disputes, bad faith insurance claims, and actions for wrongful termination or wage and hour claims.
Jim has a long-standing interest in technology and the cutting-edge intersection of technology, business, and the law. He applies his deep understanding of electronically stored information and communications to gain effective litigation advantages. He has mastered the contours of data preservation and production obligations in a variety of contexts and jurisdictions, giving his clients considerable advantages when seeking hard to obtain evidence.
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., Top 5%, magna cum laude, 2006
Honors & Activities: Merit Scholarship Recipient; Law Review Senior Staff, Member; 2nd Place Moot Court National Environmental Negotiations Competition; Moot Court Best Oral Argument; CALI Award for Excellence in Corporations, Property, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure; Business Law Association, President and Founder; Dean’s Honor Society; Student Senate, Member
Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, Business Management, B.S., 2002
SD Metro, Men of Accomplishment, 2022
SD Metro, San Diego’s Top Attorneys, 2021
Top 40 Under 40 honoree, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2018
“Top Lawyer,” San Diego Magazine, Complex Commercial Litigation, 2018-21
Rising Star, San Diego Super Lawyers®, 2015-16, 2018
AV Preeminent ®, Martindale-Hubbell
Welsh Inn Presentation Award, 2014-15
State of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
La Jolla Bar Association, current Board member and past President
San Diego County Bar Association, Member
Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Member
Welsh Inn of Court, former barrister
State Bar of California, Member
Highrise Networking Group, San Diego IV Chair