John Heisse
Class of 1980

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

San Francisco, CA

Guiding global developers, builders, owners and designers through every phase of complex public and private construction, John has successfully represented clients regarding major transportation, energy, hospitality, professional sports, housing and health care projects around the world. He draws on his engineering background and deep legal experience to counsel clients on project planning, contracting, contract and delivery issues, and to resolve disputes through negotiation, arbitration, and litigation.

John Heisse leads Pillsbury’s Construction Counseling & Dispute Resolution team in California and formerly served as the team’s national chair.

Previous Experience

Partner & Co-Chair of Construction, Howrey

Partner, Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner

UC Hastings Activities

Senior Editor, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly


Construction – California, Chambers USA (2004-18)

Construction – Nationwide, Chambers USA (2017-18)

Construction Law, Litigation, Best Lawyers in America (10+ years)

Construction – Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 U.S. (2007-16)