John Heisse is a partner in the law firm's Litigation practice and is located in the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. He focuses on serving the construction industry, representing domestic and international builders, owners, developers and designers in every phase of public and private construction, from initial planning through dispute resolution. He was described as "possibly the number one construction lawyer of his generation…" by The US Legal 500 in 2010, and was named as one of the top 15 international construction lawyers in North America by Who's Who Legal three years in a row (2013-2015).
Mr. Heisse is the immediate past chair of Pillsbury's Construction Counseling & Dispute Resolution team, and is currently the leader of the group’s California practice. He co-chaired the team awarded the 2008 and 2010 Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Construction Law. This award recognizes the best construction law practice in the US based on evaluation in several areas, including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by clients.
Mr. Heisse has served as a member of the Board of Governors and the co-chair of the Public Contracts Committee of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and as Chair of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. He currently serves on the National Leadership Council of the ACE Mentor Program and is Chair of the Executive Board of The Catholic University of America School of Engineering, his alma mater.
- Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, Construction Law - San Francisco (2014, 2016)
- Chambers USA, Construction—California (2004-2016)
- Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, Litigation – Construction (10+ years)
- Legal 500 US, Construction—Leading Lawyer (2007-2015)
- Who's Who Legal, Construction—Most Highly Regarded Individuals, International (2013-2015)
- Who's Who Legal, Construction—California (2005-2013)
- Super Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California (2009-2010, 2012-2013)
American College of Construction Lawyers, 2005 – Present (Board of Governors, 2012 – 2015; Co-Chair, Public Contract Committee, 2010 – Present)
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, 1985 – Present (Chair, 2003 –2004; other leadership positions, 1995 – 2003)
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, 1985 – Present (Chair, Construction Claims Committee, 1998 – 1999, Vice Chair, 1995 – 1997)
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Founder, Board Member, 1994 – 2003, 2013 - present; Chair, 1994 – 1997)
ACE Mentor Program (National Board Member, 2007 – 2010; Leadership Circle, 2010 – present)
Catholic University of America, School of Engineering (Executive Board, 2007 – Present; Chair, 2013 - present)
San Francisco Bar Association Early Settlement Program (Mediator, 2004 – present)
American Arbitration Association, National Panel of Construction Arbitrators (Arbitrator)
“The Threshold Approval to Evaluation Design Professional Liability, a Point/Counterpoint,” American College of Construction Lawyers (2014).
"Imposing and Meeting Pre-Qualification Requirements: How to Handle Protests." Construction Superconference (2011).
"Ethical Problems in Federal Contracts." American College of Construction Lawyers (2011).
"Attracting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce." Associated General Contractors of California (2008).
"Risk Allocation in Standard Form Agreements: Who’s the Fairest of Them All?" ABA Forum of the Construction Industry (2006). Moderator
"Forensic Scheduling and the As-Built Delay Analysis." Construction Superconference (2006). Panelist
"Construction Law for Accountants." California CPA Foundation (2004).
"Fundamentals of Construction Law." ABA Forum of the Construction Industry (2002).
"Best Value Procurement and Other Alternatives to the Lowest Responsible Bidder." Associated Builders and Contractors (2001).
"Proving Damages Through Lay and Expert Witnesses." ABA Forum of the Construction Industry (1999).
"The Accountant’s Role in Litigation." AICPA National Conference (1998, 2000).
Order of the Coif, Thurston Honor Society, Senior Editor, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly
Tau Beta Pi