Christopher T. Heffelfinger, a partner in Berman Tabacco’s San Francisco office, has devoted most of his professional career to pursuing justice on behalf those who have been harmed by financial fraud and anticompetitive-unfair trade practices.
For over thirty years, Chris has worked collaboratively as co-lead and participatory counsel in a variety of cases covering many industries in both securities and antitrust matters. Chris has also given lectures on deposition practice and laying evidentiary foundations.
Chris’s distinctions include that he is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale Hubbell®, has been consistently named as a Super Lawyer from 2009-2018 by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in litigation-antitrust (2018 and 2019).
- In In re Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Antitrust Litigation (Indirect Case), No. M:02-cv-01486 (N.D. Cal.), Chris was appointed by the Special Master, Ret. U.S. District Court Judge Charles B. Renfrew, to serve as settlement allocation counsel for indirect reseller purchasers in DRAM. The case obtained final approval, with the Special Master acknowledging in his Report and Recommendations to the Court that the efforts by the parties to resolve the allocation issues were an essential link in the sequence of negotiations that culminated in the proposed plan of distribution.
- Lead partner for the firm in the prosecution of In re Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) Antitrust and Patent Litigation, MDL No. 05-1671 (C.D. Cal.) which alleged that defendants manipulated the California gas market for summertime reformulated gasoline and artificially increased prices for consumers. As co-lead counsel, the firm achieved a settlement valued at $48 million.
- Integral member of the team representing toy purchaser consumers as co-lead counsel in In re Toys “R” Us Antitrust Litigation (USDC-ED NY. 2000), a Federal Multi District Litigation alleging that Toys “R” Us had conspired with certain toy manufacturers to not sell certain popularly promoted toys to deep discount retailers such as Costco, in contravention of the antitrust laws and various state unfair competition/practices statutes. The team achieved a settlement with a combined value of $56 million.
- Significantly involved in the prosecution of In re LDK Solar Securities Litigation, No. C-07-05182-WHA (N.D. Cal.), a class action alleging an inventory accounting fraud by LDK Solar Company, a Chinese company, and its principal officers involving the accounting treatment of different grades of poly-silicon used in the production of solar panels. Chris participated in all phases of discovery including deposition practice in Hong Kong, expert work, summary judgment and trial preparation. The case settled for $13 million.
- Nepal Youth Foundation (Director since 2014, and chair of Development Committee)
- Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center (LAS – ELC) (Executive Committee, Chair of Development Committee, and member of the Board of Directors, January 2010 through Present)
- Mountain Play Association (Board President, and working Director involved in production and legal matters, 2012-Present)
- Episcopal Church (Sausalito), advising on periodic legal matters pro bono (2008 to present)
- Volunteer attorney with the YWCA’s legal information clinic in Marin County (2003-2006).
- U.S. Marine Corps, recalled to overseas active duty for nearly one year, 1990-91, as Captain with rifle company in support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm.
Publications, Presentations & Appearances
- Presenter on Deposition Practice: Protocols for Laying Documentary Foundations at Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco, May 20, 2014
- Summary, Update & Commentary on Tribune Multi-District Litigation, National Public Pension Attorneys handout materials (2013)
- Presenter on Deposition Practice: Laying Documentary Foundations in San Francisco, 2011