Marjorie Heinrich opened Heinrich Law in August 2015. Prior to opening her own law firm, Ms. Heinrich spent eight years as the managing trial attorney for a large Bay Area plaintiff’s side personal injury law firm. Ms. Heinrich, her partner Ethan Wimert and their senior paralegal Andrea Searby have worked together for years, during which time they have successfully recovered multiple millions of dollars on behalf of clients involved in personal injury claims. And, when a jury trial is required to resolve a dispute, Marjorie will be ready, as evidenced by a $3.5 Million Dollar Settlement reached in a slip and fall case in August 2019, following trial testimony presented by the first witness.
Ms. Heinrich’s background in the law is unique. Prior to specializing in plaintiff’s side personal injury law, Ms. Heinrich worked as an insurance and corporate defense attorney for twenty years. Ms. Heinrich draws from her twenty years of representing individual and corporate defendants to give her clients a strategic advantage in the most complex cases. Ms. Heinrich has tried numerous cases to verdict, arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases, and has successfully resolved countless matters prior to initiating litigation. Before specializing in plaintiff’s side personal injury cases, Ms. Heinrich’s insurance and corporate defense career culminated in being honored by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association as the Defense Attorney of the Year. Ms. Heinrich has also earned the distinct designation of “California Super Lawyer,” for the past several years – an honor that is limited to the top 5% of all practicing attorneys in California.
Ms. Heinrich’s vast experience as both a corporate defense attorney and plaintiff’s side personal injury lawyer gives her invaluable insight into the defense perspective in civil litigation. This is why Ms. Heinrich has a reputation for being adept at successfully resolving her clients’ cases before ever having to file a lawsuit. When litigation is necessary, Ms. Heinrich’s practice philosophy tracks a “less is more” approach. In short, less litigation, when possible, is better for the client in that it diminishes their stress, reduces their time commitment to the case, and places more money in their pocket. Marjorie’s civil practice focuses on:
- Wrongful death actions,
- Catastrophic motor vehicle crashes,
- Motorcycle injuries,
- Trucking accidents,
- Severe dog bite and dog-related incidents,
- Traumatic brain injuries,
- Uninsured and underinsured motorist claims,
- Claims against public entities
- And many other complex actions.
Marjorie regularly teaches trial and negotiation skills on a local and national level and has served on numerous panels for Bay Area bar associations. Marjorie was the 2017 President of the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association. Ms. Heinrich is also a graduate of the prestigious National Institute for Trial Advocacy. When not advocating for the rights of her own clients, Marjorie mediates and arbitrates claims and lawsuits handled by attorneys outside her law firm.
Ms. Heinrich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 from the University of California at Berkeley where she swam and played water polo for the Golden Bears. She then earned her JD degree in 1986 from Golden Gate University School of Law. Marjorie has been licensed to practice law in California since December 1986.
- California, 1986
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1986
- Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California, 1986 J.D.
- University of California, Berkeley, California, 1983 B.S.
Honors and Speaking Engagements
- 2019 Alameda County Bar Association Speaker Regarding “Women In Litigation.”
- 2016-2019 Northern California Super Lawyer
- 2019 Top 100 Personal Injury Attorney In America
- 2019 ACBA Trial Practice Executive Committee
- 2018-2019 adjunct faculty member for the University of San Francisco School of Law Intensive Advocacy Program
- 2017 President of the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (ACCTLA)
- Defense Attorney of the Year 2007, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- Graduate, The National Institute of Trial Advocacy, April 2006
- How To Handle The Claim Adjuster, American Association For Justice, November 2009
- Art of Negotiation, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, October 2009
- How To Handle Experts In Personal Injury Cases, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, November 2009
- Automobile Case Handling – When To Settle and When to Take To Trial, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, December 2012
- The Defense Perspective in Personal Injury Cases, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, March 2014
- The Ins and Outs of Taking and Defending Depositions, Alameda County Bar Association, June 2015
Professional Associations and Memberships
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA)
- Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (ACCTLA)
- Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
- Alameda County Bar Association
- Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco
Interests Outside Of Law
When Marjorie is not practicing law, she enjoys traveling domestically and internationally with her wife Jann Nunn, who is the Sonoma State University Sculpture professor and a professional artist; annually attend The New Orleans Jazz Fest; attend San Francisco Giants Baseball Games; swim in the ocean in her hometown of La Jolla; and hike in the Oakland Hills near her home.