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Mediator Information
Name James O. Heiting
Law Firm Heiting & Irwin, A PLC
Location Riverside
Practice Areas
Personal Injury (including catastrophic loss), Wrongful Death, and Medical Malpractice; Equine Litigation
Date of Admission to the California State Bar
1976
First Year Mediation Experience
1976
Education
  • Juris Doctor, Western State University College of Law (1975)
  • Bachelor of Science in Laws, Western State University College of Law (1973)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business & Accounting, Riverside University (1972), Valedictorian
Bar Memberships
  • California (since 1976)
  • Supreme Court of the State of California (since 1976)
  • Supreme Court of the United States (since 1977)
  • United States Federal Courts (since 1976)
  • United States Court of Federal Claims (since 1994)
Professional Association Memberships
  • State Bar of California
    • President (2005-2006)
    • Vice President (2004-2005) and variety of appointments, committees, task forces
    • Chair, Planning, Program Development and Budget Committee; Treasurer of State Bar (2004-2005)
    • Member, Board of Governors (2002-2006)
  • RCBA Dispute Resolution Service, Inc.
    • Board of Directors (2009-present)
  • Mr. Heiting received awards for exemplary service as a mediator/arbitrator from the 9th District Federal Court and 4th District Court of Appeal
  • LA Mediators
    • Member (2012-present)
  • Western State University
    • Hall of Fame
    • The Dean’s Counselors Group
  • Faculty Member (2009-present) New Medical Legal Publishing and West Legal Ed Center
  • Global Registry & Network for Outstanding Professionals
  • California Collaborative Justice Courts Foundation (statewide)
    • Board member (2012-present)
  • Inland Empire Champions of Collaborative Courts
    • Founder and Chair (2012-present)
  • American Society of Law and Medicine
  • Also member or past member of
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • San Bernardino County Bar Association
    • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
    • Beverly Hills Bar Association
    • Nu Beta Epsilon National Law Fraternity
    • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction; Local Board of Directors (1984-1986)
  • Riverside County Bar Association
    • Member (since 1977)
    • President (1996-1997)
    • Founder, "School of Ethics and Advocacy" (1999)
    • Author, "Guidelines of Professional Courtesy and Civility"
    • Recipient, James A. Krieger Meritorious Service Award (2009)
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Co-founder of local chapter (since 1996)
  • Leo A. Deegan inn of Court
    • Founding member (since 1992)
    • Emeritus Member (since 2002)
    • Board of Directors (1992-1996)
  • International Lawyers Group (ILAA)
    • Trustee (2013-2016)
  • Tennessee Walking Horse Association of California
    • Board of Directors (2006-present)
    • President (2011 to present)
  • Riverside Lyric Opera
    • Board of Directors (2007-present)
    • President (2010-present)
  • "Nelson House"
    • Board of Directors (1995-present)
  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Dispute Resolution Section
    • Chair, Substance Use Disorders Advisory Board to the Health Law Section (2013-present)
    • Vice Chair, Substance Abuse Advisory Board (2012-2013)
    • West Coast Commissioner overseeing 9 states, Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (2007-2010)
  • Betty Ford Center
    • Chairman's Council (1997-2010)
    • Risk Management Committee (2010-present)
  • The Other Bar
    • President and Chair (1991-1993)
    • Board of Directors (1988-2004, 2007-present)
Additional Information

James O. “Jim” Heiting, managing partner of Heiting & Irwin, has practiced law for over 30 years. The only past President of the State Bar of California ever elected from the Inland Empire, Heiting handles civil litigation matters throughout California. He has recovered well over $100 million for clients, dealing with wrongful death, serious injury, professional malpractice and transportation accidents. He has also enjoyed handling and litigating cases involving horse sales, breeding and claims.

Mr. Heiting has served in a variety of roles in the Superior Court and the Federal District Court. He is also sought after as a privately-requested and court-appointed arbitrator and mediator in state courts and the California Court of Appeal. He has been invited as a speaker, lecturer and panelist for the State Bar and a variety of legal and community organizations.

Emphasizing civil litigation in his career, Mr. Heiting represented clients throughout the state in bringing and/or defending a wide variety of claims. He is recognized as an extremely successful, tough and tenacious lawyer. He is highly recommended as a mediator and an arbitrator.

He was recognized for his State Bar service with a variety of awards from the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Senators and other legislators. He was also awarded the Ralph A. Krieger award for meritorious service — the most prestigious award from the Riverside County Bar Association --- and awards for exemplary service as a mediator/arbitrator from the 9th District (Federal Court) and the 4th District Court of Appeal.

Mr. Heiting served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, was a co-founder of the Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court (formed to train and foster "excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills") and was a charter member of the Inland Empire Federal Bar Association.

Mr. Heiting is admitted to practice law before all courts of the state, the federal courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the California and United States Supreme Courts.

Mr. Heiting and his wife Cindy, married since 1971, live in Riverside; they have three grown sons, who are involved in law enforcement and construction trades.