Heather H.
Gilhooly

Litigation



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Heather H. Gilhooly

Litigation

Biography

Heather H. Gilhooly is senior counsel in Liner’s Business Litigation department. She represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil matters, including contract, entertainment and intellectual property disputes, primarily in federal court.  Her clients range from individuals and closely-held entities to multinational corporations.

Following law school, Heather served as a law clerk to the Honorable Manuel L. Real of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

Education

University of Southern California (J.D.)

University of California Los Angeles (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa)

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Published Case:

Lee v. United States Department of Justice, et al., 287 F. Supp. 2d 15 (D.D.C. 2003) – obtained order for client overcoming qualified First Amendment privilege and requiring journalists to identify government sources in case alleging violations of the Privacy Act of 1974.

Recognition

Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2004-2013)

USC Law School Hale Moot Court Champion (1997)

Community
  • Chair, Local Rules Advisory Committee, United States District Court for the Central District of California (2010-2013)
  • Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (2006-2009)
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association - Los Angeles Chapter (2005-2006)
Representations
  • Representation of Thomson Reuters in various business disputes relating to legal publishing and regulatory matters.
  • Represented leading bar review course provider BAR/BRI as co-counsel in multiple federal antitrust class actions.
  • Resolved with favorable settlement the civil lawsuit brought by former Los Alamos nuclear lab employee Wen Ho Lee, who was falsely accused of spying for the People's Republic of China, against the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Energy and several press organizations, pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, along with related litigation over the depositions of journalists who reported on the Wen Ho Lee case using information obtained from government sources.
  • Represented key figure in state and federal matters arising out of the celebrity fundraising scandal centered around charitable and political event producer Aaron Tonken.
  • Achieved highly favorable resolution for industry-leading corporate client suing to protect its trade secret information in the luxury hotel industry.
  • Assisted in obtaining dismissal of all counts of extensive federal bribery indictment against a client based on a constitutional challenge to a federal bribery statute.
  • Procured dismissal of Lanham Act claim against client in alleged counterfeiting case, on an issue of first impression in the Central District, thereby eliminating possibility of millions of dollars in treble damages.