DAVID N. HEAP

David N. Heap

David helps businesses and other clients with matters related to executive compensation and employee benefits law, including defined benefit, 401(k), 403(b), 457, ESOPs, SERPs, cafeteria, stock-related and medical plans. He is also a frequent speaker on employee benefit and executive compensation issues.

Outside of the office, David is an amateur actor who performs with a variety of theater groups throughout Phoenix. He is also a board member of the Arizona Opera. David is an avid reader of the humanities, philosophy and social science, and frequently attends and sometimes makes presentations at conferences about these topics. He and his late wife proudly raised four children and have two grandchildren.

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • B.S., cum laude, Mathematics, Brigham Young University
  • Executive Editor, Brigham Young University Law Review
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Malcolm Richard Wilkey, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1979-1980

Areas of Practice

Our business and finance attorneys represent national, regional and local clients participating in significant transactions.

Our attorneys practicing in the employment and labor relations area advise and defend management in virtually all aspects of the employment relationship.

We have an extensive practice counseling employers on all aspects of employee benefits.

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Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1995-2021
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyers for Business, 2019-2020
  • Selected, as One of the Nation's Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, Top 10 for ERISA, Human Resources Executive and Lawdragon, 2010
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2009
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated (the highest rating available), by Martindale-Hubbell

Articles And Presentations

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Opera
  • Past President, Western Pensions and Benefits Conference - Phoenix Chapter
  • Former Member, Joint Annual Program Planning Committee, Western Benefits Conference (combined meeting of American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries and Western Pension and Benefits Conference); Co-Chair of committee 2007, 2010-2012
  • Former Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court

ADMISSIONS

  • Arizona
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court