Attorney

Marilyn Heiken

Marilyn Heiken has over twenty five years of experience and skill representing people who have been harmed by the wrongdoing of others. She has helped people obtain just compensation for medical malpractice, wrongful death, motor vehicle collisions, nursing home abuse, and civil rights violations.

In 2016 Marilyn represented a young man who was viciously attacked by a police dog on the bike path on his way home from the grocery store. She was able to obtain the body cam video and police reports and show that the police officers acted unreasonably and violated his civil rights. In another recent case, Marilyn represented an elderly woman whose leg and arm were broken when her caregiver ran over her with a motorized wheelchair, sending the woman to a nursing home for months. Marilyn was able to show that the employer was negligent for failing to train the caregiver.

In 2016, Marilyn was co counsel on a case where a diesel mechanic was crushed by a semi truck. Marilyn worked with the man’s family to show that the community suffered a great loss when the mechanic was killed, and that the trucking company was responsible for his death. In 2015, Marilyn helped to recover $1,025,000 for a teenage boy whose neck was broken at a poorly managed trampoline court in southern Oregon. With her strong advocacy and legal work, the team was able to hold the owners of the trampoline court accountable. In 2016, Marilyn was co counsel in a successful claim against a Jackson County surgeon who negligently cut a patient’s bile duct during a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, causing the patient to suffer life-long health consequences.

In every case she handles, Marilyn works with a team of dedicated legal assistants, law clerks, and lawyers. It is a tremendous advantage to have talented staff and experienced lawyers in the same office to discuss issues and develop case strategies. She also appreciates the financial resources the firm has to retain experts and investigators to prepare cases.

Before law school, Marilyn worked as an intern at St. Andrew Legal Clinic in Portland, Oregon. There she learned the importance of providing legal services to everyone regardless of income. During law school at the University of Oregon, Marilyn received the Anna E. Wood scholarship for leadership of women and served as the Chair of the Women’s Law Forum. Before joining Johnson Johnson Lucas & Middleton in 1996, Marilyn clerked for Judge Pierre Van Rysselberghe in Lane County Circuit Court.

Marilyn is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court of Oregon and in the Oregon State Courts. Marilyn serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Local Professional Responsibility Committee, on the Editorial Board for the Oregon State Bar Torts publication (1996 to present), and she is the Co-Chair of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Publications Committee. She is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), a Guardian Member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), the Lane County Bar Association, and the Oregon State Bar Association.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law, Marilyn received her Bachelor’s Degree from U of O, graduating summa cum laude in English Literature in 1987.

Marilyn is married to Doug Heiken, and they have a daughter, Emmaline. She likes to hike with her husband and her dog, Ernie, fabricate jewelry in her home studio, paint, knit, and watch Duck basketball and football.

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Merits

  • Co-Chair, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Publications Committee
  • Member, American Association of Justice (AAJ)
  • Guardian Member, Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Lane County Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Professional Responsibility Local Committee
  • Member, Scribes, an association of legal editors and writers

Published articles

  • Editor, Oregon Torts CLE, Oregon State Bar Publication (1996 to present)
  • Co-Author, “Characters Who Shaped Our Character,” OTLA Trial Lawyer, Summer 2017
  • “Landslide,” OTLA Trial Lawyer, Winter 2016 Editorial Board, 1 and 2 TORTS (OSB Legal Pubs, 2006, 2012)
  • Co-Author, “Wrongful Death and Survival of Personal Injury Actions,” 2 TORTS (OSB Legal Pubs, 2012)
  • Co-Author, “Medical Malpractice,” Chapter 11, 1 TORTS (OSB Legal Pubs, 2006)
  • “The Law and Pleasure Boating,” OTLA Trial Lawyer, Winter 2005
  • “Nursing Homes and Unsafe Premises,” OTLA Trial Lawyer, Spring 2003