Toxic Tort, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation, Estate and Probate Planning and Litigation

Heather Sweeney Kirkpatrick

925.300.3520, ext. 300
Fax: 925.300.3386
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Primary Areas of Legal Practice

Products Liability, Toxic Torts, Commercial Litigation

Professional Experience

Heather Sweeney Kirkpatrick comes to Lankford Crawford Moreno & Ostertag with extensive and diverse background in civil litigation. She has experience in a wide variety of legal matters including complex product and premises liability, asbestos cases, elder and dependent adult abuse, and personal injury. She has also handled cases against school districts and private educational institutes involving the sexual and physical abuse of children, negligent supervision and the negligent hiring of staff.

Ms. Kirkpatrick has defended a wide range of clients including manufacturers, premises owners, public transportation companies, public entities, and large utility companies.  Heather manages her cases from inception to resolution, handling discovery, depositions, the preparation of motions, and preparation for trial.  Ms. Kirkpatrick has assisted as trial counsel, successfully argued significant Motions in both state and federal courts, appellate work, and she has obtained summary judgment for her clients.

Ms. Kirkpatrick earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of San Francisco School of Law. While at USF Law she was on the board of The Women’s Law Association and was an active member of the Trial Advocacy Team. Heather studied International Law at Trinity University in Dublin, Ireland during the summer of 2008. She also obtained a Certificate in Business and Corporate Law from USF Law.

Past and Present Representative Clients

  • Ford Motor Company, Navistar, Inc., Mack Trucks, Inc., BorgWarner Morse Tec LLC as successor-by-merger to Borg-Warner Corporation; M. Slayen and Associates, Inc.; CNH Industrial America LLC; Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company; Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company


  • University of San Francisco, School of Law, J.D., 2011, Certificate in Business and Corporate Law
  • University of California, Davis, B.A. in English and Political Science, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts

Speaking Engagements

  • The Role of the Young Associate: Handling Litigation Pressure
    Presented at USF Law, April 3, 2014
  • Ride Share Liability: Insurance in the World of Uber, Lyft, and SideCar
    Presented at the American Inns of Court, USF Chapter, October 9, 2013