Heather W. Schallhorn joined Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge shortly after she was admitted to the California bar in 2014, and she is enthusiastic to continue working with Mike Kirby and Jason Kirby at Kirby & Kirby LLP, beginning July 1, 2016.  Heather has experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in various practice areas including commercial litigation, intellectual property, professional liability, probate, and landlord/tenant litigation. She has performed legal research, engaged in various stages of discovery, and drafted pleadings and dispositive motions.

In 2016, Heather was an associate on a case in which Mike Kirby took over the defense of a trades secret/breach of fiduciary duty case involving a prominent international wireless voice, messaging and data services provider. The original contracts at issue were executed in 1999 and the case had a long and complicated procedural history. The firm negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.

In 2015, Schallhorn was the associate on a case where a small business was sued by its insurance company to reform an insurance contract. She contributed to the brief opposing a motion for summary judgment that was filed by the insurance company.  The firm successfully avoided summary judgment and subsequently negotiated a favorable settlement for the client.

During law school, Heather gained experience in several practice areas at the federal and state level. Heather performed legal research and drafted orders and opinions while externing with the Honorable Larry A. Burns in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California and for the Honorable Thomas E. Hollenhorst at the California Court of Appeals. She prepared a defense for a Skelly hearing, researched health care legislation, and drafted and reviewed contracts while interning at a local health care district. Heather also served as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she researched issues for Affirmative Civil Enforcement cases and contributed to a Ninth Circuit Appellate Brief for an employment discrimination case.

Heather earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California, Los Angeles, and she received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law. Graduating in the top 5 percent of her class, Heather was recognized with an Academic Achievement Award and was made a member of the Order of the Coif. While completing her J.D., Heather was a member of the San Diego Law Review and volunteered with Pro Bono Legal Advocates.



  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., (magna cum laude), 2014
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 2009

Professional Memberships and Activities 

  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Honorable William B. Enright American Inn of Court

Litigation Practice Areas

  • Commercial litigation


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