Overview

Heather Plocky is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm's Los Angeles office. 

Areas of Practice

Heather represents clients in a variety of commercial and business litigation matters in both state and federal court. Her experience includes whistleblower retaliation claims under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and California law, complex business disputes, toxic torts, product liability claims, class action defense, securities litigation, real estate disputes, and allegations of unfair business practices and fraud. She has experience handling matters in a diverse array of industries, including banking and finance, energy, aerospace, automotive, and commercial transactions.

Heather is experienced in California and federal civil procedure, including filing and responding to complaints, conducting fact and expert discovery, leading teams in handling complex discovery and e-discovery, conducting motion practice, and engaging in appellate work. Her practice includes handling regulatory matters and litigating claims in arbitration.

Heather is a leader of Sheppard Mullin’s Los Angeles Recruiting Committee, where she serves as the Chair of the Summer Planning Committee. She is also a member of the firm’s Women Lawyers Group National Leadership Council, and the firm’s Toxic Torts/Product Liability and Wildfire Litigation teams. 

Externally, Heather serves on the Advisory Board for the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Experience

Experience

Representation of diversified financial services company in federal whistleblower retaliation lawsuits, and corresponding securities class actions and derivative actions.

Successfully defeated in arbitration a whistleblower retaliation action under federal and state law on behalf of a federal savings bank, which was confirmed in California state court.

Representation of automotive dealership in product liability action.

Secured complete victory for federal savings bank in action seeking over $400 million in damages for alleged breaches of contracts, fraud, and violations of banking regulations, securities laws, and labor laws.

Represented utility in defense of wildfire lawsuits alleging tort and inverse condemnation claims.

Secured dismissal of toxic tort wrongful death action for energy company.

Represented national retailer in class action alleging false advertising and unfair competition.

Obtained order from the California Court of Appeal reversing a harassment restraining order against our pro bono client.

Obtained order from the California Court of Appeal affirming a Superior Court decision awarding guardianship of a child to our pro bono client.

Insights

Articles

  • Ten Tips For Defeating SOX and Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claims, Corporate Counsel, January 7, 2020.
  • Navigating the Course of Relation Back: Krupski v. Costa Crociere S.P.A. and Standardizing the Relation-Back Analysis, 44 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 1197 (2011).  

Class Action Defense Strategy Blog Articles

Climate Change & Clean Technology Blog Articles

  • "Revising Flammability Standards to Reduce Flame Retardants in Furniture," June 27, 2012

Real Estate, Land Use & Environmental Law Blog Articles

Education

J.D., Loyola Law School, 2011, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Senior Technical Editor of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

B.A., University of California, San Diego, 2008, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
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