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When confronted with the potential loss of liberty it is important to have a highly skilled attorney who understands the criminal justice system at your side and who has actively and successfully tried cases to verdict in both the state and federal courts. An essential attribute of a highly skilled criminal lawyer is the ability to successfully negotiated fair and reasonable plea agreements or dismissals. Mr. Heller for years has successfully navigated clients through the criminal process and obtained excellent results. There is no substitute for experience and competence.  In high profile cases — no one can handle the news media better Don to prevent high-tech lynchings.

Welcome to Law Offices of Donald H. Heller

Trial Lawyer • Criminal Defense Attorney

Donald H Heller Defense Attorny SacramentoPrior to forming his own law firm in 1977, Donald H. Heller was an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, N.Y. (N.Y. County), the most revered and finest district attorney’s office in the United States. Later Don was Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, California. In his 8 1/2 years as a prosecutor, Don has tried all of the general criminal offenses from grand theft to homicides and in the federal court, Don prosecuted multiple mail, wire and tax fraud offenses that are commonly charged to today, along with bank robberies and a memorable case involving the attempted assassination of President Gerald R. Ford. Since 1977, Don had successfully defended a wide variety of federal fraud cases, as well as currency structuring, money laundering and controlled substances crimes.

Don’s excellent reputation as an aggressive criminal prosecutor followed him into private practice – over the past thirty-five years Don has become one of the most highly regarded criminal and civil trial lawyers in his representation of clients throughout California, New York and other states in complex federal and state criminal and civil cases.

Don is listed in Best Lawyers in America; Super Lawyers of Northern California, Top Lawyers in the Sacramento region and is rated as a preeminent lawyer with the highest AV rating for the “Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards by the distinguished peer review legal directory Martindale Hubbell.

Current Trial Practice

Federal Courts in California

Don has tried to verdict or has successfully settled complex white collar criminal cases in the federal courts of California, New York and Alaska charging such offenses as Mail and Wire Fraud, Insurance Fraud, Bank Fraud, Currency Structuring, Money Laundering, Tax Evasion, Mortgage Fraud, Tax Evasion, Bankruptcy Fraud, Medicare Fraud, Medicaid fraud, False Claims, Money Environmental Crimes, Currency Structuring Transactions and other federal crimes. Mr. Heller has also represented business entities in consumer fraud matters including but not limited to unfair competition and false advertising claims.

California Superior Courts

Don has tried to verdict or has successfully settled complex criminal cases charging crimes such as Homicides, Robbery, Embezzlement, Felony Assault, Burglary, Grand Theft, Insurance Fraud and Medi-Cal fraud in Superior Courts of multiple California counties.

Representation of Healthcare Physicians and Other Health Professionals in Medical Board and Related Administrative Hearings

Peer Review Recognition

For more than twenty-five years Mr. Heller is and has been rated AV (the highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory a trustworthy source for a peer review assessments of a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics based on confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell lists Mr. Heller as one a Preeminent Lawyer in the United States.

Mr. Heller is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of Non-White-Collar Criminal Defense and White-Collar Criminal Defense.

“Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 2 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Best Lawyers annual, advertisement-free publication has been described in The American Lawyer as ‘the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Mr. Heller is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Sacramento Valley Chapter, a distinguished national organization comprised of the most skilled and experienced trial lawyers in the United States. ABOTA is an organization that invites its members to join after an internal nominating process and vote of the local chapter and requires at a minimum twenty trials to verdict in the state and/or federal courts and a proven reputation for competence, civility and ethics.

  • Mr. Heller is listed in Super Lawyers of Northern California in White Collar and Non-White Collar Criminal lawyer.
  • Mr. Heller has been recognized in San Francisco Magazine as one of the best criminal lawyers in Northern California.
  • Mr. Heller has been recognized in the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the Top Lawyers in the Sacramento Region defending criminal cases.

Mr. Heller is one of California’s most highly regarded trial lawyers specializing in the trial of complex criminal cases in the state and federal courts. Mr. Heller has actively and aggressively represented individuals, corporations and other business organizations in state and federal investigations prior to the filing of charges with great success and has defended in the federal and state courts of California and New York hundreds of criminal cases with recognized competence and dedication for more than thirty years.

Mr. Heller has successfully represented defendants in crimes such as mortgage and bank fraud, tax evasion, mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, Medicare, Medi-Cal and Medicaid fraud, federal and California false claims cases, money laundering, insurance fraud, environmental crimes, grand theft, forgery, murder and vehicular manslaughter cases. Mr. Heller has also represented business entities in consumer fraud matters including but not limited to unfair competition and false advertising claims.

Mr. Heller currently accepts criminal cases in the state and all of the federal courts of California and in the federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Mr. Heller represents clients in criminal appeals in the state and federal courts in California.


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