Preparatory Education: University of California, Irvine (B.A. cum laude, 1978)
Legal Education: Loyola-Marymount University (J.D., 1981) - Jessup International Moot Court Honors Team (1979 to 1980); Chief Justice, Jessup International Moot Court Honors Team (National Finalists 1981)
Bar Admissions: California (1982); Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, United States District Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States Supreme Court
Memberships: State Bar of California (Litigation Section); American Bar Association; San Luis Obispo County Bar Association; Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California; and California Coast Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (President 2014)
Background: Born in San Diego, California. Mr. Hieatt is experienced in medical malpractice, insurance defense, personal injury, real estate, public entity defense and all phases of civil litigation. Mr. Hieatt lectures as part of the Cuesta College and Allan Hancock College Nursing Programs and provides in-service training for nurses and health care professionals at local hospitals on all medical/legal topics ranging from advance directives and medical documentation to appropriately channeling criticism and EMTALA. He also lectures on sexual harassment awareness, recognition, and avoidance at the Allan Hancock Law Enforcement Academy.