Heather Weakley has been a partner with DeHay & Elliston, LLP. in Los Angeles and Walnut Creek, California since 2017. She concentrates her practice on Mass Tort Litigation and Product Liability Defense. She has been involved in Asbestos Personal Injury Litigation since 1998. She has first and second-chaired numerous jury trials in California with the potential for multi-million dollar awards resulting in successful verdicts, hung jury or favorable resolutions.
Ms. Weakley graduated from San Diego State University in 1990 with a B.A. in Speech Communications. She was a member of the collegiate debate team and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After a brief career in public relations, she received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law in 1995. Ms. Weakley also attended Duke University School of Law’s 1993 Summer Institute of Transnational Law.
Prior to joining DE in 2017, Ms. Weakley practiced with the law firms of Armstrong & Associates, LLP in Oakland, California, Morris Polich & Purdy, LLP in Los Angeles, California and Stone & Hiles, LLP in Beverly Hills, California. As a partner at Morris Polich & Purdy, LLP, she spent a majority of her time as national counsel in medical device multi-district litigation with extensive experience in supervising numerous attorneys from electronic documents reviews through significant trial preparation.
California, 1995 to present
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law, 1995
Duke University School of Law/Free University of Brussels, 1993, Summer Institute in Transnational Law, Brussels, Belgium
B.A., San Diego State University, 1990, cum laude, with Distinctions in major
State Bar of California
Certified TAP (Trial Advocacy Program) Trial Attorney, 1997. Obtained trial certification with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office after an intensive two month trial training program. Subsequently, successfully tried as first chair three jury trials and one bench trial as a TAP prosecutor with the City Attorney’s office, West Los Angeles District.
“Significant California Decision – Varying Protein Levels of Latex Gloves Do Not Create A Manufacturing Defect,” Mealey’s Product Liability & Risk and Mealey’s Latex Publications, August 2002 and September 2002