Tim J. Vanden Heuvel


  • location icon San Diego, CA
    701 B Street
    Suite 1900
    San Diego, CA 92101

Tim J. Vanden Heuvel is a partner in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois and co-chair of the Consumer Litigation Defense & Financial Services Practice. Mr. Vanden Heuvel has extensive experience in multi-district and class action litigation, with emphasis upon the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Federal and State qui tam litigation, and privacy and identity theft litigation arising under State and Federal statutory law. He has defended hundreds of consumer individual and class actions, and was designated as lead coordinating counsel for over 150 related TCPA lawsuits successfully defended in California state court (James M. Kinder Coordinated Litigation). He has been a presenter regarding current issues in consumer law at numerous seminars and conventions, including American International Group, Chartis Insurance, ACA International, and the Enright Inn of Courts. Representative client list includes JP Morgan/Chase, Sharp Healthcare, Sallie Mae, AIG/Chartis Insurance, Equidata, ACA International, and many leading firms in the credit and collections industry.

Mr. Vanden Heuvel also has extensive experience in the real estate area. He has possessed a California real estate broker’s license for 27 years, and has negotiated hundreds of transactions including high end residential for members of the San Diego Chargers, as well as commercial leases and purchases. For many years, he was the chief litigation attorney for The Heritage Escrow Company (California’s largest independent escrow company), and has also defended many of California’s largest real estate brokerages in malpractice litigation. Mr. Vanden Heuvel has also represented governmental entities in the mediation and arbitration of disputed lease provisions, and numerous homeowner associations in litigation.

Legal Experience

  • 2014: Lead defense counsel in TCPA class action brought against Southern California's largest healthcare provider. Summary judgment obtained in precedent setting decision. Hudson v. Sharp Healthcare, U.S.D.C., Southern District of California case number 13-cv-1807 MMA. [Privacy Law 360,“Consent Defense Saves California Hospital From Robocall Suit,” June 27, 2014]
  • 2012-2013: Lead defense counsel in Dominguez (City of San Diego) v. En Pointe Technologies qui tam action, alleging widespread and pervasive data breaches of confidential law enforcement databases.
  • 2009-2011: Lead defense counsel in Scott v. Calpers, et. al identity theft case involving inadvertent disclosure of hundreds of thousands of social security numbers of public entity union members seeking in excess of one billion dollars in damages. Class certification challenged and denied.
  • 2000-2016: Lead defense counsel in numerous class actions in State and Federal courts involving the Federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, as well as the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and State and Federal Privacy and Identity Theft Statutes.
  • 2002-2006: Lead defense counsel for nationwide multi-district ephedra products liability litigation involving Metabolife International, Inc. In charge of formulating and implementing nationwide litigation strategy in individual cases as well as coordinated Federal cases.
  • 2002: Trial Counsel defending Metabolife International, Inc. in ephedra supplement litigation. Los Angeles Daily Journal, Top Ten Defense Verdicts 2002, Feb. 2, 2003.
  • 2002: Lead defense counsel for Viacom International, Inc. in catastrophic loss (quadriplegia/brain injury) claim involving collapse of adjacent structure upon two construction workers.
  • 2001: Trial Counsel defending Los Angeles Unified School District in catastrophic loss claim involving student rendered a quadriplegic during after school horseplay incident.
  • 2000: Defended attorney accused of malpractice after his client sustained largest malicious prosecution verdict in California history.

Judicial and Peer Recognition

  • “Defense counsel Tim J. Vanden Heuvel is widely recognized within the San Diego legal community as a well seasoned, tenacious, and skillful class action litigator. Mr. Vanden Heuvel is highly regarded in the legal community as a specialist in consumer and telemarketing class actions, and he co-chairs the nationwide practice group in this specialized area of law for a prominent law firm.”  [United States District Court, Southern District of California findings adopted in Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action Sarabri v. Weltman, Weinberg and Reis, L.P.A. (Judge Anthony J. Bataglia (2013)]
  • Selected Superlawyer, 2014: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • Selected Superlawyer, 2015: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • Selected Superlawyer, 2016: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • “Los Angeles Daily Journal, Top Ten Defense Verdicts, Feb 2, 2003”

Professional Presentations

  • Featured Speaker: AIG Insurance Continuing Legal Education (2011) “Recent Trends in Class Action Litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.”
  • Featured Speaker: ACA International Convention (2010) “The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a Primer for Class Action Defense Counsel.”
  • Featured Presenter: Enright Inn of Courts (2009) “Current Issues Arising Under the Federal Class Action Fairness Act.”
  • Featured Presenter: AIG Insurance Continuing Legal Education (2008) "Litigation and Resolution of Catastrophic Personal Injury Claims."


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California



Awards & Honors

  • ACA International Maplist Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity


Judicial and Peer Recognition

  • Selected Superlawyer, 2014: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • Selected Superlawyer, 2015: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • Selected Superlawyer, 2016: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • Selected Superlawyer, 2017: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • Selected Superlawyer, 2018: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • Selected Superlawyer, 2019: Class Action and Mass Tort.
  • “Los Angeles Daily Journal, Top Ten Defense Verdicts, Feb 2, 2003”
  • "Los Angeles Daily Journal, Top Verdicts, July 25, 2014"


California Western School of Law

Juris Doctor, with honors, 1989.

  • Editor, California Western Law Review, 1988-1989.
  • Published in California Western Law Review, Volume One, Number One, 1989.

University of Wisconsin

Bachelor of Political Science, with honors, 1986.

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