Law School/Year: Northwestern University School of Law, 1996
College/Year: University of Illinois, 1993
California, 1996; Illinois, 1997; U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern and Central Districts of California, 1996; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern districts of California
Business Litigation, Professional Liability, Ethics
In 2008 I tried a high-profile accountant fraud case involving a prominent musician. We secured a defense verdict from a jury. In 2009 I tried a legal malpractice case involving a deceased lawyer, involving tricky evidentiary issues. We won at a bench trial. In 2010 we won a $30 million malpractice case by way of a summary judgment one month before trial, completely extricating our lawyer client from the case. In the last three years, we have won dozens and dozens of cases for lawyers and other professionals in a variety of ways.
Heather L. Rosing is the chair of the Professional Liability Department, overseeing a team of Klinedinst lawyers across the state in the defense of professionals such as lawyers and accountants. Rosing has developed a nationwide reputation for her experience and skill in litigating complex malpractice and fraud cases; in defending lawyers, accountants and judges in disciplinary matters; and in delivering sound advice in the areas of ethics and risk management. Rosing also serves as a consultant and expert witness in the areas of fee disputes, professional responsibility, privileges and attorney duties. Rosing also served as general counsel of Klinedinst from 2005-2007, and has been the chief financial officer of the firm since 2006. As a member of the Klinedinst board of directors and Executive Committee, she also serves as one of the managing attorneys of the 130 employee firm. Rosing donates her time to speaking and teaching on ethics, professionalism and malpractice.
Rosing was appointed in 2009 to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability, and chaired its bi-annual conference in 2009. She has been an organizer of the American Bar Association’s Firm Counsel Project (FCP), hosting roundtable discussions on ethics and risk management for the general counsel and managing partners of San Diego law firms. She recently finished six years on the board of directors of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), a 10,000-member organization. In 2008, she served as its president, spearheading a countywide campaign to highlight civility and professionalism in the practice of the law. Her service on the board was preceded by two years as the co-chair of SDCBA’s Legal Ethics Committee. She also volunteered her time to lead a SDCBA committee to establish a pro bono program to assist San Diego’s active duty military personnel under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. It is one of the first of its kind in the country.
Rosing also served on the board of directors of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. She co-chaired the organization's first ever LAF-Off in 2007, and a subsequent competition in 2010. She is also active in Lawyers Club of San Diego, having served as the golf tournament chairperson and newsletter editor. Rosing is a member of many professional and law-related organizations, including the Professional Liability Underwriting Society and the Louis M. Welsh American Inns of Court.