Heather J. Zacharia

Heather J. Zacharia: Attorney with Duane Morris LLP
  • Associate at Duane Morris LLP (799 Attorneys)
  • One Market Plaza, Suite 2200, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Heather J. Zacharia practices in the area of employment and labor law . Ms. Zacharia has represented employers in ERISA violations; wage-and-hour-related matters; harassment and discrimination claims; and claims for wrongful employment practices. Ms. Zacharia also has represented insurance clients in bad faith litigation and advised them on coverage.

Ms. Zacharia is a 2011 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a cum laude graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also received a Masters in Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2018-present

•Sedgwick LLP
- Associate, 2017

•Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
-Associate, 2014-2017

-Associate, 2012-2014

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Volunteer Judge, We the People Competition, Center for Civic Education

Honors and Awards

•Listed in California Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016-2018

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, New Laws For 2019 & Recent Developments in Employment, Benefits and Immigration , ELBI Breakfast Briefing, San Francisco, February 5, 2019

•Speaker, Classification Wars: What’s New With Worker Classification, ELBI Seminar, San Francisco, May 16, 2018


Selected Publications

•Co-author, For Life Not Eternity: What's Next for Pay History, Daily Journal, March 12, 2019

•Co-author, Dynamex Case Sets Forth New California Standard for Answering the Question: Employee or Independent Contractor ? Duane Morris Alerts, May 15, 2018

•Co-author, Courts Finds Staffing Agency not Liable for Meal Period Violations, California Employment Law Letter, April 9, 2018

•Chapter Author, “Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets,” (D.C. Circuit), ABA Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation

•Co-author, “An Introduction to California Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Exposure in Settling Claims,” California Insurance Overview, Chambers USA website, May 2017

•Co-author, “California Supreme Court Finds Liability Policies Are Assignable in Some Circumstances,” 2016

•Chapter Author, “Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants & Trade Secrets,” Chapter (D.C. and Second Circuits), ABA Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2016

•California Chapter Co-author, Insurance Bad Faith: A Compendium of State Law, The Defense Research Institute, 2015

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Insurance Coverage

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
415 957 3087  Phone
415 707 2023  Fax
University Attended:
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A.
Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; 2011, California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Professional Activities;

•International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans

•Defense Research Institute

Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Defend third party administrator in complex ERISA disputes; Represent private small and large employers in litigation involving claims of age, race, disability and gender discrimination; harassment; and retaliation; Provide advice and counsel to clients on business risks associated with independent contractor classifications and paid sick leave laws, across multiple state and local jurisdictions; Represent client in shareholder derivative action and business disputes; Represented large property and casualty insurers in bad faith litigation against policyholders and provided coverage opinions; Represented Taft-Hartley plan trustees in ERISA enforcement actions and provided compliance counsel; Obtained summary judgment on behalf of major insurer in lawsuit involving reformation and rescission of insurance contract; Represented national and international manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors in products liability and personal injury actions; Second chair on two products liability trials in California Superior Court

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