SRS Presenter Bio
Tom Heiden is global Chair of his firm's Product Liability, Mass Torts & Consumer Class Actions Practice. His practice focuses on toxic tort, high-stakes energy, utility, resource and business contract and tort disputes. His energy and utility litigation includes trials involving nuclear power plants and the management and operation of electric generating plants. He served as lead trial counsel in the first steam generator replacement case; he tried a six-month jury trial over a pressure-suppression containment system; he tried the qui tam nuclear security case at the Rocky Flats Arsenal. He has extensive upstream and downstream oil and gas trial experience. He has tried cases arising from catastrophic industrial accidents (including the tragic Ford-Rouge powerhouse explosion), served as lead trial counsel in more than 5,000 personal injury toxic tort suits in Mississippi, and has successfully defended toxic tort cases in California, Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska. He tried and won the high-profile US$4 billion Pro Football Lockout Fund trial. Tom serves as visiting professor of Intensive Trial Advocacy at Cornell University Law School.. He also coached a North American Championship hockey team. His firm is Latham & Watkins, and he works from the firm's Chicago office.