Attorney Profiles

Geoffrey W. Heineman


Partner — New York


For over twenty-five years, Geoffrey W. Heineman has focused his practice in the area of business counseling with extensive experience litigating actions involving coverage disputes, commercial contracts, securities laws, employment practices, and intellectual property issues. Mr. Heineman has handled these actions on behalf of both domestic and foreign insurers and reinsurers, corporations, directors and officers and other professionals (including lawyers, agents, brokers, and architects and engineers) in numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Heineman also regularly represents clients in mediations as well as both domestic and foreign arbitrations. He is widely recognized as an expert in matters pertaining to insurance coverage and corporate governance, with an emphasis on policies issued to directors and officers, financial institutions, agents and brokers, attorneys and other professionals, as well as policies providing coverage for complex property losses. Mr. Heineman has also assisted client debtors who face financial difficulties, as well as client creditors, in both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

In addition, Mr. Heineman frequently consults on drafting insurance policies, interpreting claims issues, and acts as coverage counsel in many complex cases. For example, among the matters Mr. Heineman has recently been involved with include In Re: Initial Public Offering Securities Litigation as well as securities and ERISA actions brought against RiteAid Corporation, AT&T Corp., Honeywell International, Inc., Bank of New York, Ally Bank, Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation,, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, U.S. Airways, El Paso Corporation, State Street Corporation, Countrywide Financial Corp., Fitch Group, Inc., MF Global, and Toll Brothers, Inc. Mr. Heineman’s assistance has also been sought by clients in addressing the complex insurance issues arising out of recent events impacting the financial markets including the subprime mortgage litigations filed against investment advisors, fund managers, and claims involving foreign exchange transactions and exposures faced by brokers and commercial banks arising out of their involvement with Bernard Madoff.

Mr. Heineman is a frequent lecturer on issues related to directors and officers and ERISA coverage, claims defense management, and loss prevention techniques to various professional services firms and organizations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.  He has also recently completed a series of lectures to clients on the potential impact to the insurance industry of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the "Jobs Act").

Mr. Heineman received his Bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1980 and his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 1983. He was admitted to practice in 1984 and earned an LL.M. in corporation and securities law from New York University School of Law in 1988.