As partner in Heinrich Law, my mission is to protect the rights of individuals in the face of opposition from large, well-funded businesses and government entities.

I have always been passionate about achieving justice. From my time in law school, working at the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic and the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, to my current practice in personal injury law, I have committed myself to fighting for what’s right and using my legal skills to help people lead better lives.

Winning many significant cases

Since joining Heinrich Law, I have been instrumental in winning many significant cases including serious motorcycle and bicycle crashes, pedestrian injuries, dog bite claims, and premises liability matters.

Prior to Heinrich Law, I worked at a Plaintiff’s civil litigation firm where I served as lead Associate responsible for the resolution of multiple heavily litigated matters in a wide range of personal injury practice areas. I also developed extensive experience with uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage issues, achieving numerous policy limits settlements in this arena.

Legal education

Before law school, I worked at The Recorder, a legal newspaper in San Francisco, where I served as the coordinator for the publication’s advance sheet services. After years of reading and learning about the law, and the Bay Area’s thriving legal industry, I resolved to get off the sidelines and join the community I had been serving.

I attended Golden Gate University School of Law on scholarship as a member of the Honors Lawyering Program. In addition to my work in environmental law, I also served as an Editorial Board Member and Journal Editor for the Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal.

The importance of lawyers’ role in fighting for individuals against large organizations

During my time with the Environmental Law and Justice Clinic, I recognized the unique role that lawyers can play in advancing the interests of individual clients in the face of opposition from large, well-funded business interests. With this in mind, I leaped at the opportunity to join a large Plaintiff’s civil litigation firm following my admission to the Bar in 2009.

Awards and recognition

From 2016 through 2019, I was named a California Super Lawyers “Northern California Rising Star,” which is a designation given to only the top 2.5% of all attorneys in the region.

More about Ethan

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, hiking, camping, collecting LPs, and playing my banjo.

Bar Admissions
  • I am licensed to practice law in all courts of the State of California as well as the Northern and Eastern Federal District Courts of California
  • Golden Gate University School of Law, J.D. – 2009
  • UC Santa Cruz, B.A. Modern Literary Studies
Honors and Awards
  • Pacific Region Editor, Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal
  • Honors Lawyering Program
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Writing and Research, Energy and Environmental
  • Law and Justice Seminar, International Law and Climate Change
  • Dean’s List
  • California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2016-2019
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Alameda Contra-Costa Trial Lawyers Association (ACCTLA)
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA)
  • Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)