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Heather is a Partner with PIB Law and focuses her practice on the representation of financial institutions in connection with financial services-related litigation matters. 

Prior to joining PIB Law, Heather was a Partner at Kralik & Jacobs LLP, where she handled commercial litigation cases with an emphasis on lender liability defense and business disputes.  Previously, Heather was an Associate at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of client on all of the plaintiff’s lender liability claims, and then subsequently obtained a $6.2 million judgment in favor of her client on its cross-complaint, together with a decree of judicial foreclosure.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of creditor client in a complex adversary case involving novel issues of law concerning the application of FIRREA’s jurisdictional bar to a borrower’s TILA claims arising out of the conduct of a failed bank. Obtained an affirmance of the judgment, in full, from the district court on appeal.
  • Representation of a foreclosure trustee and lender on appeal from a judgment of dismissal entered in the clients’ favor on claims arising from the improper posting of foreclosure notices and alleged problems with the legal description on a deed of trust. Obtained a decision affirming the underlying judgment in its entirety.   
  • Representation of a secured creditor in an appeal from a bankruptcy court order denying an objection to a proof of claim. Obtained an order dismissing the debtor’s appeal as moot.
  • Representation of secured creditor in a contested proceeding concerning creditor’s motion for relief from the automatic stay to foreclose, and ultimately obtained a memorandum decision in creditor’s favor based on testimony and documentary evidence, determining that the burden of proof had been met for obtaining relief from stay in order to foreclose.
  • Trial counsel in breach of lease dispute, obtaining award for $559,000 in client’s favor.
  • Trial counsel in reformation case, obtaining judgment reforming an erroneous deed of trust so as to allow foreclosure to occur on the correct property.
  • Trial counsel for defendant lender, in two-week lender liability trial before judicial referee, involving alleged liability for failure to timely disburse funds under a construction loan.

Professional Activities

Community & Professional

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Member, 2001 – Present

Los Angeles Lawyer, Member, Editorial Board, 2006 – 2015;        Coordinating Chair, Real Estate Law Issue, 2010 – 2014.

Co-Chair, LACBA-WLALA Joint Task Force on the Promotion and Retention of Women in the Legal Professions, 2015-2017.

  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), 2006 – Present

            Executive Committee, 2013 – Present.

            Board of Governors, 2009 – Present.

  • CEB Governing Board, Member, 2015 – Present.
  • CEB Real Property Advisory Committee, Member, 2007 – 2013

    Outstanding Service Award, CEB (2013).

  • Recognized as a Top Attorney by Pasadena Magazine (2012, 2013, 2014).

  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012).

  • Outstanding Young Lawyer, LACBA Real Property Section (2010).

  • Received Am Jur Bancroft-Whitney Award in Real Property (1998).

Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions

Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker, “Real Estate Boilerplate Contract Fundamentals,” Lorman Educational Seminar (December 2016).
  • Panelist, “Be Careful What You Wish For: Is Binding Arbitration Really Better Than Litigation?,” LACBA Trial Practice Inn of Court (December 2010).
  • Moderator, “Exploring the Uncharted Waters of Valuation in Today’s Commercial Real Estate Market,” Benjamin Crocker Symposium, panel discussion (March 2010).
  • Speaker, “The Lawsuit Is About Boilerplate - Important Considerations of Typical Contract Provisions,” Business Law Section, Beverly Hills Bar Association (March 2009 & November 2009).

Published Works:

  • “How to Use an iPad to Manage and Present Trial Exhibits,” Los Angeles Lawyer (November 2013).
  • Update Author, “Lender and Broker Liability” (CEB, Chapter 12, California Mortgages, Deeds of Trust, and Foreclosure Litigation (2013 & 2014).
  • “Rights in Foreclosure: The National Mortgage Settlement and Homeowners’ Bill of Rights provide significant enforcement mechanisms to deter careless foreclosure practices,” Los Angeles Lawyer (January 2013).
  • “California Property Owners Beware: A New Law Imposes Stricter Penalties For The Failure to Report Entity Reorganizations That Trigger A ‘Change In Ownership’ For Property Tax Purposes,” The Corporate Counselor (LACBA Corporate Law Departments Section, Winter 2010).
  • Consulting Editor, “California Ground Lease Practice” (CEB, Chapter 14, Condemnation) (2009).
  • “What’s the Rent?” Commercial Property News (February 2008).
  • “Well Grounded: A successful provision for adjusting the rent in ground leases will include a clear appraisal method and an alternative dispute resolution procedure,” Los Angeles Lawyer (April 2007).

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Admissions

  • California
  • Central District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

UCLA School of Law, J.D.

  • Order of the Coif

Columbia University, B.A., cum laude