Joe Heilman joined the Los Angeles office of Baron & Budd in 2019 as an attorney in our Class Action Litigation Group. There, he works as part of the Opioid Litigation team with a focus on analyzing evidence pertinent to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for the national Opiate Multi-District Litigation (MDL).
Before joining Baron & Budd, Mr. Heilman worked as a legislative aide for the State of Ohio, where he learned the value of public service and saw firsthand how rewarding interacting with community members for positive change can be. He had the opportunity to work on several different bills, including legislation that updated Ohio laws to protect military spouses and their families from financial hardship during active deployment. Mr. Heilman also worked directly with constituents to assist them in obtaining unemployment benefits, promote environmental advocacy, and conduct general outreach.
Joe Heilman graduated from Ohio State University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science. He attended law school at the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, he served as senior editor for the Law and Psychology Journal and was a member of the Intellectual Property moot court team. He also served as a Federal Judicial Extern for the Honorable John E. Ott in the Northern District of Alabama.
In addition, Mr. Heilman clerked with the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee in 2013, focusing on fraud, waste, and corruption in government. More recently, he clerked with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office in their White Collar Crime Division. During his time at the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Mr. Heilman investigated the IRS for unscrupulous targeting of certain nonprofit organizations, in violation of the First Amendment. While with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, he helped secure several convictions, including a conviction for murder.
Mr. Heilman moved to California in 2015 so he could be closer to his family and continue to pursue his legal career. After working several years in documentary filmmaking, he began working with Baron & Budd in 2018 as a contract attorney, helping with the national opioid litigation, and joined the firm full-time in 2019.
In his free time, Mr. Heilman enjoys Southern California weather and being outdoors as much as possible. He also continues to pursue social and human interest projects in the documentary film industry.
University of Alabama (J.D., 2015)
Ohio State University (B.A., 2010)
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