Gregory B. Heller

Gregory B. Heller

Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone:
267-546-1004
Email:

Greg Heller has litigated numerous personal injury cases that have resulted in multimillion-dollar recoveries for his clients. Like the other members of the firm, he concentrates his practice in catastrophic personal injury litigation and health care law.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1990, Mr. Heller spent a year clerking for a federal appellate judge, and then went to work for a prominent commercial litigation firm in Philadelphia. In 1995, Mr. Heller went to work for Charles G. Young, III, and Joseph ‘Pete’ Ricchiuti, two trial lawyers with wide reputations for courtroom skills and success in catastrophic personal injury cases. In 2004, Mr. Young, Mr. Ricchiuti and Mr. Heller joined with Ted Caldwell (another senior trial lawyer with whom they practiced) to form Young Ricchiuti Caldwell & Heller, LLC.

Mr. Heller has substantial experience in a number of different practice areas, including trucking and highway accidents, highway design cases, premises liability, medical malpractice cases, dram shop cases, product liability cases, construction cases and managed care liability cases. He has recovered over $20 million from insurance companies that have acted in bad faith. Mr. Heller also has experience as litigation counsel for privately held businesses in a variety of commercial disputes.

Mr. Heller has been a pioneer in the area of managed care accountability, especially when it comes to holding managed care companies accountable in court for placing profits ahead of patients. He is particularly interested in the public health and public safety implications of managed care practices. Much of his recent work in this area has involved mental health and addiction treatment, because managed care abuses are so prevalent in this area, and because managed care misconduct in this area has such significant public health consequences. He is currently one of the lawyers representing a nationwide class of patients challenging a managed care company's unlawful refusal to cover autism treatment (for press coverage, click here). Mr. Heller has served as a consultant for the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, in work funded by grants to the National Alliance from the United States Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. His clients in this area have included the District Attorneys Association of Pennsylvania, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, and other organizations concerned with public safety and public health. He was directly involved, as counsel for patient advocacy groups, in the negotiations that led up to the passage of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

Greg is directly involved as counsel for patient advocacy groups in current efforts surrounding the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and the shaping of the regulations that are necessary to give effect to much of that Act. His recent memorandum explaining why inpatient nonhospital addiction treatment must be a covered benefit under the Affordable Care Act can be found here.

In May 2010, Greg received the Brian H. Early Award from the Richard J. Caron Foundation, in recognition of his accomplishments in improving access to addiction treatment.

Mr. Heller has written articles for a number of key publications in the legal profession. For Greg's recent article on medical malpractice cases and whistleblower claims, which was published in the national publication Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, click here (Part I) and here (Part II).  He has lectured on managed care issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and he has testified on these issues before the judiciary committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He was recently invited to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, which is an honorary organization of lawyers, judges and legal scholars “whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.”

Mr. Heller is a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (where he serves on the Amicus Curiae committee), the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association. He serves on the board of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled and is Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Language Access Task Force.

Mr. Heller, like all the members of Young Ricchiuti Caldwell & Heller, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a forum restricted to lawyers who have had primary responsibility in securing a recovery in excess of $1 million. The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory has given Mr. Heller its highest rating.*  He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Pennsylvania courts and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Williams College and his Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was managing editor of the Michigan Law Review and received several awards for legal scholarship. He is active in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, and serves on the Church’s Session.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Areas of Practice

  • Accountability
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Product Liability Cases
  • Personal Injury
  • Trucking and Highway Accidents
  • Highway Design Cases
  • Premises Liability
  • Medical Malpractice Cases
  • Dram Shop Cases
  • Construction Cases
  • Managed Care / HMO Cases
  • Public Health
  • Managed Care Practices

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1991

Education

  • The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan - 1990
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Review: Managing Editor, Michigan Law Review
  • Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1986
    • Major: Physics

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Hon. Anthony J. Scirica, Law Clerk, 1990 - 1991