Kenneth Heisz

With over 20 years of experience, Ken Heisz is an accomplished litigator and skilled trial lawyer. He has been lead counsel in complex cases in both state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. He has tried many cases in state courts and in arbitrations with favorable results.

Mr. Heisz’s litigation experience is diverse, which includes litigation experience in the following areas: real estate, ecclesiastical/church law, First Amendment, trust and probate, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets, breach of contract, labor, employment, defamation, professional malpractice, entertainment, internet, domain name disputes, administrative, licensing and corporate governance issues.

His clients have included public and private companies, school districts, financial institutions, start-up companies, internet companies, a network of hospitals, a municipality, prominent executives, CEO’s, entrepreneurs, celebrities and investors.

Mr. Heisz often serves as an arbitrator for the Dispute Resolution Services program of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Mr. Heisz graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University (B.A., 1979) and obtained his law degree from Loyola Law School (J.D., 1989), where he was an Articles Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal and a member of the Jessup Moot Court Team. Mr. Heisz has been a member of the California State Bar since 1989 and is admitted to practice in all federal courts in California, the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a resident of the Santa Monica office.

PUBLISHED DECISIONS

Tia Carrere v. Steven Baxt, D2005-1072 (WIPO November 28, 2005);

Gardenhire v. Superior Court of Santa Clara County, 127 Cal.App.4th 882 (2005);

PriceGrabber.com v. Other World Computing, Inc., FA 0004000094651 (Nat. Arb. Forum June 5, 2000);

Powers v. Dickson, Carlson & Campillo, 54 Cal.App.4th 1102 (1997);

Ameri-Medical Corp. v. W.C.A.B., 42 Cal.App.4th 1260 (1996);

American Psychometric Consultants, Inc. v. W.C.A.B., 36 Cal.App.4th 1626 (1995).

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Prosecuted a black market company and network of individuals operating in Asia and secured a permanent injunction against them on claims of trademark infringement, trade secrets, and unfair competition on behalf of an international skin care products company. This global injunction was subsequently enforced in a separate contempt proceeding in which a contempt order was obtained for violation of the injunction.

Defended a national irrigation company and its board against wrongful termination and breach of contract claims by its former president. Defense verdict rendered after a state court trial.

Prevailed on behalf of an individual client accused of financial elder abuse by relatives of decedent and Los Angeles County in which the client’s bank accounts were frozen and personal possessions were taken by Los Angeles County. Defense verdict rendered after trial in probate court with accounts ordered released and possessions ordered returned.

Represented a financial institution in lawsuit filed by another financial institution alleging trademark infringement. Case settled on favorable terms.

Filed complaint with international arbitration provider against a corporate competitor and successfully regained the domain name for an internet company.

Defended a marketing company in lawsuit filed by a national ice cream company alleging claims of copyright infringement, breach of contract and unfair business practices. Case settled on favorable terms.

Advised a national company regarding the distribution and licensing of its products and drafted contracts for same. Drafted an adult entertainment ordinance for large municipality and counseled city officials in enactment of same.

Santa Monica Office
310-656-8000
kheisz@gormanmiller.com