Heather Wallace

Associate General Counsel at California Chamber of Commerce

Location
Sacramento, California Area
Industry
Financial Services

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Heather Wallace's Overview

Current
Past
  • Senior Staff Counsel at Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board
  • Senior Counsel at ECMC
  • Deputy General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer at EDFUND
  • Senior Associate Counsel at EDFUND
  • Associate at MENNEMEIER, GLASSMAN & STROUD, LLP
  • Associate at DAY, CASEBEER, MADRID & BATCHELDER, LLP
  • Legal Intern at Computer Curriculum Corporation
  • Legal Clerk at ETTER
Education
Connections

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Heather Wallace's Experience

Associate General Counsel

California Chamber of Commerce

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Government Relations industry

November 2012Present (1 year 11 months)

Support and provide legal advice regarding corporate activities; coordinate the amicus program; and negotiate contracts.

Senior Staff Counsel

Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board

January 2011January 2012 (1 year 1 month)

Provide legal advice in regards to the Healthy Families Program, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, and the Major Risk Medical Insurance Program. Responsibilities include preparing draft legislation and regulations, analyzing federal/state statutes and regulations, and managing litigation.

Senior Counsel

ECMC

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Financial Services industry

December 2010January 2011 (2 months)

Provided legal support as EdFund’s portfolio was transitioned to ECMC and as all EdFund employees transitioned to ECMC. Assisted in the wind-down of EdFund’s operations including providing legal advice in employment law matters, the termination of EdFund’s retirement plans and medical benefits, various state business filings, and records retention issues. Revised company templates to reflect best practices and California law.

Deputy General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer

EDFUND

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Financial Services industry

October 2008December 2010 (2 years 3 months)

As the Deputy General Counsel, provided legal advice and support in the following areas: intellectual property, employment law, litigation, compliance, information security, contracts, and collections. Oversaw EdFund’s intellectual property portfolio including maintaining, licensing, and protecting EdFund’s intellectual assets. Responsible for all employment law matters within EdFund including investigations, discipline, terminations, immigration issues, reductions in force, and policies. Managed all litigations for EdFund - overseeing outside counsel when utilized, reviewing and editing briefs, determining strategy, gathering evidence, and negotiating resolutions. Provided regulatory analysis for all departments. Lead attorney for the following business units within EdFund – Human Resources, Security and Compliance, Default Management (Collections), and the Ombudsman. In addition, provided support to the General Counsel on audit issues, Board issues, strategic development, company policies and Executive Management Team issues.

As the Chief Privacy Officer, responsible for all privacy issues including compliance with federal and state privacy statutes/regulations, training, developing information security policies, and security breaches. Developed a company-wide privacy program which incorporated mandatory training, policies, outreach, and strategic development.

Senior Associate Counsel

EDFUND

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Financial Services industry

January 2007October 2008 (1 year 10 months)

Responsible for intellectual property, bond-related issues, employee issues, and security. In addition, reviewed and negotiated contracts, provided legal support for the move of EdFund headquarters to a new building, and assisted in the development of the security office. Lead attorney for the following business units – Information Technology Services, Lender Services, Human Resources, Default Management, Security, and the Ombudsman.

Partnership; 1-10 employees; Law Practice industry

July 2004December 2006 (2 years 6 months)

Experience litigating intellectual property and commercial litigation. Managed several cases including preparing and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, developing strategies, preparing and responding to discovery, preparing for trial, and negotiating settlements.

Partnership; 51-200 employees; Law Practice industry

August 1999June 2004 (4 years 11 months)

Extensive experience litigating intellectual property, antitrust, and contract disputes. Represented technology companies in intellectual property cases involving cellular telephone technology, biotechnology, and computer software technologies. Conducted depositions of both fact witnesses and corporate entities. Assisted in the preparation of witnesses for both personal and expert depositions. Prepared witnesses to testify on behalf of the corporation. Drafted various motions including motions to compel, oppositions, motions to amend, and a bill of costs. Worked with experts to develop testifying themes and helped them in drafting their expert reports. Developed substantive claims under antitrust law, specifically Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act, and developed defense against indirect patent infringement claim. Coordinated responding to various discovery requests. Assisted in the preparation of various summary judgment papers, a motion for a preliminary injunction and Markman papers setting out construction of patent claims. Assisted in the preparation for a three-week patent trial, a summary judgment hearing, a preliminary injunction hearing, and a claims construction hearing. Performed research and prepared legal memoranda regarding various aspects of antitrust, patent, contract, trademark and copyright law.

Litigation Matters include:
Pfizer Inc. v. Lilly ICOS LLC,
No. 02-1561, District of Delaware
Sun Microsystems, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp.,
No. C 02-01150 RMW (PVT), Northern District of California, transferred to United States District Court of Maryland, MDL # 1332
GTE Wireless, Inc. v. QUALCOMM Incorporated,
No. 99-CV-2173-B (CGA), Southern District of California

Public Company; 201-500 employees; Computer Software industry

May 1998November 1998 (7 months)

Researched and drafted licenses for the use of copyrighted works in educational software. Drafted contracts concerning the use of customer lists and options for motion picture rights. Researched international copyright issues.

Legal Clerk

ETTER

May 1997August 1997 (4 months)

Researched and drafted legal memoranda in the areas of real estate law, labor law, personal injury, civil rights and municipal liability. Prepared discovery requests, correspondence with clients and a motion to amend. Cite-checked various pleadings.

Heather Wallace's Skills & Expertise

  1. Privacy Law
  2. Litigation
  3. Intellectual Property
  4. Trademarks
  5. Commercial Litigation
  6. Legal Writing
  7. Licensing
  8. Legal Advice
  9. Patent Litigation
  10. Legal Research
  11. Employment Law
  12. Policy
  13. Copyright Law
  14. Patents
  15. Corporate Law
  16. Trials

Heather Wallace's Education

Santa Clara University School of Law

Juris Doctor

19971999

Graduated in top 7% of class.

Honors:
Dean’s List
Technical Editor of Computer and High Technology Law Journal
Emery Law Scholarship

University of New Orleans

B.A, History

1996

Gonzaga University School of Law

Honors:
CALI Awards Legal Research and Writing I and II (AmJur)
CALI Awards Civil Procedure I and II (AmJur)
Dean’s List

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