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Heather L. Richardson is a litigation partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on health care, insurance, and class action matters. She has extensive experience in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate level, as well as in both domestic and international arbitrations.
Ms. Richardson has represented health plans and plan sponsors in a variety of lawsuits, arbitrations, and government inquiries on a wide range of issues including reimbursement policy, coverage determinations, quality of care, pharmacy benefits, and provider contracting.
Professional Activities and Publications
Ms. Richardson was recently named one of the Top 40 Attorneys under 40 in California by the Daily Journal and one of the “Top Attorneys under 40” by Law360, as well as recognized by Chambers USA for California Healthcare. In 2021, Benchmark Litigation named Ms. Richardson to its “Under 40 List” which honors the achievements of the nation’s most accomplished legal partners of the age 40 or younger. Ms. Richardson was also named a California “Future Litigation Star” in 2018, 2019 and 2020. She was recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by Legal 500 in ERISA litigation in 2018. Ms. Richardson was named a “Rising Star” and one of Southern California’s top women attorneys for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 by Super Lawyers. Ms. Richardson speaks on panels and at conferences on issues related to managed care litigation, class actions, electronic discovery, women in the law, and legal ethics, and has co-authored the firm’s biannual Electronic Discovery Review multiple times.
Ms. Richardson graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2006. Ms. Richardson also earned a degree of Master of Public Health from UCLA in 2006, with a specialization in Health Services. Ms. Richardson graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2002, with a double-major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and History. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the UCLA School of Law Alumni Association, the Board of Directors for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, the Board of Directors for Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Board of Directors for the Good Shepherd Shelter, and the Board of Directors for the Salastina Society for Chamber Music. Ms. Richardson also serves as a Lecturer in Law at UCLA School of Law.
University of California - Los Angeles - 2006 Juris Doctor
University of California - Los Angeles - 2006 Master of Public Health
Yale University - 2002 Bachelor of Arts