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Aeryn A. Heidemann

Aeryn A. Heidemann

Phoenix, Arizona
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Ms. Heidemann is an associate at Kunz Plitt Hyland & Demlong where she specializes in product liability cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death.  Her practice is specifically focused on tires and tire components.  Ms. Heidemann has successfully defended major tire manufacturing and rubber companies in a number of tread separation/rollover accident cases, as well as successfully defending other product defect claims. She also litigates cases in the areas of ERISA, bad faith insurance, commercial litigation, and professional liability. Ms. Heidemann has also maintained an appellate practice.

Ms. Heidemann volunteers in her community in addition to volunteering for the Wills for Heroes program and Project Salute. She has successfully represented a number of indigent clients through the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Appellate Project.

Ms. Heidemann was selected as a Rising Star in the Southwest edition of Super Lawyers, 2012.  She has been honored with membership in the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. She is the author of a number of law review articles and articles published in insurance industry journals. Ms. Heidemann served as the supervising author and a contributing author of the forthcoming Products Liability Chapter of the Arizona Tort Law Handbook, which is to be published by the Arizona State Bar.  She is also the author of the Dram Shop Liability Chapter of the Arizona Tort Law Handbook.  She served as an associate author of Couch on Insurance, 3d and a contributing author to Practical Tools for Handling Insurance Cases as well.

Ms. Heidemann spends her free time outdoors. She is an avid rock climber and backpacker.  She also enjoys surfing, kayaking, dirt biking, camping, and canyoneering.

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2008


  • The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. (Summa Cum Laude) - 2007
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • Bachelor of Liberal Sciences - 2004

Published Works

  • Products Liability Chapter (Supervising and Contributing Author), Arizona Tort Law Handbook, 2012
  • Dram Shop Liability Chapter (Author), Arizona Tort Law Handbook, 2012
  • Couch on Insurance 3d (Associate Author), 2011
  • Practical Tools for Handling Insurance Cases (Contributing Author), 2 Volumes, Thomson Reuters, 2011
  • Do Standard Automobile Liability Insurance Policies Cover Drive-By Shootings?, Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 21 (December), 2010
  • Are You Crazy?: Determining Mental Capacity As A Pre-Requisite To The Attachment of an Intentional Act Exclusion, Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 32, No. 20 (December), 2010
  • A Recent Challenge to UM/UIM Offering Requirements For Excess and Umbrella Coverage Has Revived An Old Debate, Ins. Lit. Rptr.,, Vol. 32, No. 7 (May), 2010
  • Compendium of References to Insurance Company Bad Faith Set Up Situations, Ins. Lit. Rptr., Vol. 31, No. 11 (July), 2009
  • Are State Court Garnishment Actions an Effectual Impediment to Federal Declaratory Judgment Jurisdictions: Is Timing Everything, Conn. Ins. L.J,, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2008
  • Understanding Federal Bankruptcy Court Stays and How to Procedurally Reach Available Insurance Coverage of the Bankruptcy Debtor, Ins. Lit. Rpt., Vol. 29, No. 21, 2007
  • A Survey of Professional Liability Coverage for Claims Brought Under the Federal False Claims Act, Ins. Lit. Rpt., Vol. 29, No. 17, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyers, Southwest Rising Stars, Arizona Edition
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member, 2012 - present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, Young Lawyers Division and Litigation Section
  • DRI: the Voice of the Defense Bar, Member, Products Liability Committee
  • DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar, 9th Circuit Case Law Summaries: Products Liability Conference
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, Young Lawyers Division and Litigation Section
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Appellate Project, 2005 - 2008
  • Arizona State Bar: Wills for Heroes, 2008