Douglas S. Heffer



Douglas S. Heffer is a partner and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Heffer's practice is primarily focused on representing clients in complex commercial matters in both state and federal courts as well as in various modes of alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Heffer also assists clients in responding to governmental investigations. He is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Construction Practices and the Health Care Industry Team.

Representative Experience

  • Represented large national health insurance company in a series of lawsuits brought by out of network medical providers alleging ERISA violations relating to the denial of claims for medical benefits
  • Represented lender in student loan investigations by the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education and numerous state attorney general offices
  • Obtained dismissal of suit against insurance company alleging claims for employee piracy and corporate raiding
  • Obtained dismissal of numerous legal malpractice actions against prominent national law firm
  • Successfully negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of medical institution client relating to claims asserted by dozens of subcontractors for unpaid invoices
  • Obtained dismissal on summary judgment, and affirmance on appeal, of claim against insurance company by former shareholders seeking upwards of $60 million
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in defense of bankruptcy court action seeking over $100 million for alleged fraudulent transfers

Community Engagement

Mr. Heffer also devotes a considerable amount of time to various pro bono efforts. He has represented several individuals from Burma and The Gambia in both affirmative and defensive asylum applications. Mr. Heffer has also represented the parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome in proceedings before the New York City Department of Education to obtain funds for the child to attend a specialized private school for children with autism.


In 2013 – 2018, Mr. Heffer was selected for inclusion in the New York Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® lists. He was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in the area of real estate – construction in 2016.


Mr. Heffer received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2006, where he was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal and interned for the New York State Attorney General’s Office. He received his B.A. in history with honors from New York University in 2001.


Mr. Heffer is admitted to the New York Bar and to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Representative Matters

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Represents Student CU Connect CUSO and other Foley clients that have been sued by the ITT trustee to avoid $250 million of transfers, transactions, liens, and claims. Foley’s clients provided private student loans to ITT’s students from 2009 through 2011, funding nearly $190 million of student loans.