Douglas A. HedenkampDouglas A. Hedenkamp

Mr. Hedenkamp is a partner at Connor, Fletcher & Hedenkamp LLP. Since he joined the firm as an associate in 2003, his practice has focused on complex business and real estate litigation for clients including Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, public entities, and individuals.

Mr. Hedenkamp and the firm handle all types of business litigation matters, including fraud, breach of contract, trademark and trade secret infringement, real estate development, land use and environmental matters, property rights, wrongful termination, unfair competition, antitrust, and other business law issues.

Representative matters:

  • Prosecution of fraud claims on behalf of subsidiaries of a large California-based utility company over the failed sale of a $1.2 billion liquefied natural gas power plant located in Puerto Rico. Mr. Hedenkamp assisted in obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement in favor of the firm’s clients;
  • Prosecution of claims on behalf of the successor-in-interest of a master developer against a merchant builder in a master planned community. Mr. Hedenkamp assisted the client in obtaining a favorable settlement, in which the defendant acknowledged the successor’s rights under the development declaration, agreed to monthly payment of maintenance obligations, and conceded the enforceability of a prohibition on the unauthorized bulk sale of unimproved lots within the development;
  • Representation of the owner of a former landfill site in negotiations with a redevelopment agency over state and federal environmental remediation requirements;
  • Successful defense of a series of mortgage crisis related claims against a major homebuilder, all of which resulted in the dismissal of the claims at the pleading stage;
  • Defense of a school district in a dispute over a contractor’s exclusion from bidding for a public contract. The firm undertook the case after the Court of Appeal reversed a judgment in the school district’s favor, and was able to convince the trial court to allow a new public hearing on the bidder’s qualifications and trustworthiness, which resulted in a voluntary dismissal;
  • Prosecution of a wrongful termination claim that resulted in a multi-million dollar judgment in favor of the firm’s client after a three and one-half month jury trial. Mr. Hedenkamp’s involvement included the successful defense of the jury’s verdict on appeal;
  • Prosecution of claims on behalf of a large developer and landowner to enforce a restrictive land-use covenant which barred the development of a residential townhome project. Mr. Hedenkamp’s involvement included the successful appeal of two adverse preliminary rulings, which enabled the client to obtain an advantageous settlement of the dispute; and
  • Mr. Hedenkamp has also been involved in the successful prosecution of numerous CEQA actions, actions arising from partnership/joint venture disputes, and attorney malpractice actions.

Background and Education:

Mr. Hedenkamp was born in San Diego, California in 1975. He received his B.A. degree in Rhetoric in 1998 from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2001, Mr. Hedenkamp received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Mr. Hedenkamp has served as the Chair of the Business Litigation Section of the Orange County Bar Association, and since 2011, has prepared and presented the Section’s annual update on new cases, statutes, and rules of court.

Mr. Hedenkamp has also authored articles on Copyrights and Anti-SLAPP motions, including “Free Mickey: Copyright Notice, Derivative Works and the Copyright Act of 1909,” which was published in the Spring, 2003 edition of the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. Mr. Hedenkamp’s analysis of the validity of Disney’s copyright in Mickey Mouse was later featured in a front page article in the Los Angeles Times on August 22, 2008, entitled “Disney’s rights to Mickey Mouse may be wrong.”

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