Richard L. Heppner, Jr.

Richard L. Heppner, Jr.

Associate

Practice Areas

Education

  • Harvard Law School, 2008, J.D., cum laude, Notes & Comments Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Technology; Teaching Fellow for Constitutional History course with Professor Morton Horwitz
  • Tufts University, 2003, Ph.D., English Literature, Dissertation: "Dominance and Dissolution: Discourses of Subjectivity in British Modernist Literature"
  • Tufts University, 1996, M.A., English Literature
  • Kenyon College, 1995, B.A., magna cum laude; with honors, English

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • State Supreme Court - Pennsylvania
  • State Supreme Court - Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit

Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

Richard is a senior associate and a member of the firm's Appellate Group. He joined the firm in 2011 immediately after having served as a Law Clerk for Judge Thomas Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and for Judge Nora Barry Fischer, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

He has briefed and handled cases in multiple federal and state courts of appeals, including writs of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court. He has represented clients in cases concerning a wide range of substantive areas including employment disputes, privacy, civil rights, free speech, ERISA, and class actions. He regularly works on a variety of legal issues including arbitrability under the FAA and arbitration appeals, as well as conflicts of law and state law preemption questions.

Employment History

  • 2011 - Reed Smith
  • 2008 - Ropes & Gray, LLP (Boston)
    • Associate; Summer Associate in 2007
  • 2006 - Office of the Federal Defender (Boston)
    • Legal Intern

Clerkships

  • Honorable Nora Barry Fischer, U.S. District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman, U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit

Interests

Film noir, literature, black belt in Tang Soo Do