You want your attorney to make things happen for you. Mark Hiepler, of Hiepler & Hiepler, does. The National Law Review named Mark Hiepler as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. More recently, he was selected for membership in the international Academy of Trial Lawyers—an honor reserved for only 500 attorneys in the united States.
Hiepler & Hiepler’s primary focus is on individuals who were catastrophically injured, or suﬀered the wrongful death of a family member, or were wrongfully denied insurance benefits. With Hiepler & Hiepler, clients feel the empathy of an attorney who has been where they are—fighting for a loved one’s life and battling an insurance company at the same time. In a modern day David vs. Goliath battle, Mark took on the HMO that refused to pay for a life-saving procedure for his sister after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Mark won a record-setting $89.3 million verdict in Riverside County and changed the way health insurers do business throughout the United States.
Mark’s sister’s case and other noteworthy results in cases involving auto, bicycle, truck, and train collisions, to cases involving preventable infant blindness, have garnered national attention. Hiepler & Hiepler’s cases have been featured on shows and publications such as 20/20, Nightline, The Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes, whose correspondent Morley Safer deemed Mark “the nemesis of the HMO industry.” Mark’s closing argument in his sister’s case was included in the book Greatest Closing Arguments Protecting Civil Liberties.
Hiepler & Hiepler serves clients throughout California, taking on the big cases, and the big causes, helping to right the wrongs that resulted in serious injuries, wrongful deaths and insurance company denials. Hiepler & Hiepler has a national reputation while being highly selective and taking a personal interest in each and every individual it represents. Opposing lawyers respect this. “We are honored that many referrals are from defense attorneys we’ve been up against,” says Hiepler.
Mark and his team of highly skilled attorneys recently resolved a Los Angeles based products liability case for $23 milliion as well as a traumatic brain injury case involving a truck accident for $9.1 million.
Hiepler & Hiepler served on the steering committee for all plaintiﬀs bringing actions arising out of the horrific train crash in Chatsworth, California, caused when the engineer of a passenger train was text-messaging and ran through a red signal. As a result of the two-and-a-half year eﬀ ort, $200 million was recovered.
Clients are impressed that Hiepler & Hiepler’s services exceed their expectations. Among those the firm represented in connection with the Chatsworth disaster was a teenage girl whose father was killed. She was invited to testify at a Congressional hearing as part of a delegation Hiepler took to washington, D.C. and she explained how important it was that those responsible for the crash be held fully accountable for all of the harm they caused. Following her testimony, all attending applauded her, a gesture rarely oﬀered in this setting. “We’re trying to change things to improve train safety at the highest levels of our government,” Hiepler says. “We’re passionate about creating positive change, and clients feel good about that.”
Hiepler’s clients’ tragedies often contribute to making a lasting diﬀerence for others. “Families really love being part of a cause that’s bigger than themselves,” he says. “With that, their loved ones are not forgotten and purpose can be found.” Recently, an 18-year-old whom Hiepler represented 11 years ago regarding the death of his father sought out Hiepler for college advice. “There is more beyond just winning the case,” Hiepler says. “One of the biggest joys of this practice is long-term relationships with the individuals we are honored to help.”