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  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • American Bar Association


  • New York University School of Law, JD
  • Princeton University, MPA
  • Cornell University, BA
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John E. Heintz


Washington, DC v. +1.202.420.5373 f. +1.202.420.2201

John E. Heintz is a partner in Blank Rome’s policyholder-only insurance recovery practice, formerly the insurance practice of Dickstein Shapiro LLP. He is a veteran in the fields of corporate insurance coverage and complex litigation. With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Heintz has recovered billions of dollars in coverage for his clients. He has handled major cases in every area of insurance coverage, including several that rank among the largest in coverage litigation history. Many of his cases have involved issues of first impression, resulting in landmark trial and appellate rulings for his clients at the state and federal levels. Mr. Heintz’s mastery of the legal issues and his ability to direct large-scale litigation have earned him praise from clients and opponents alike.

He has represented numerous clients in the chemical, petrochemical, petroleum, auto, hotel, and technology industries, in securing coverage for asbestos, lead, public nuisance, environmental contamination, professional liability, class-action employment discrimination, directors and officers liabilities, political risk, and medical product liability claims.

Mr. Heintz also has represented clients in securing coverage for property and business interruption losses arising out of the 9/11 attacks, hurricanes, and other catastrophic events. He has litigated and secured favorable resolutions of insurance coverage disputes and related bankruptcy issues arising in several asbestos-related bankruptcies. He has tried numerous cases and argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits and numerous state appellate courts, U.S. district courts, and state trial courts across the country.

Mr. Heintz has served as a party-appointed arbitrator from time to time in various insurance coverage disputes.

Prior to joining Blank Rome, he was the chair of the insurance coverage practices at three Am Law 200 firms and was a founding partner of an insurance coverage-focused firm in Washington, D.C.

According to Chambers USA, “The ‘very talented and insightful’ John Heintz is well regarded across the insurance market for his significant experience handling a range of complex coverage litigation. Acknowledged as a ‘true leader of the policyholder Bar.’”


Mr. Heintz is a member of the American Bar Association Section on Litigation as well as a charter member of the section’s Insurance Coverage Committee. Mr. Heintz sits on the board of directors for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He is a member of the board of trustees for The Legal Aid Society of Washington. He has also litigated numerous pro bono cases, including matters involving insurance red-lining and FHA-ADA compliance.

He is an avid, lifelong sailor, who has sailed offshore to his favorite cruising grounds in New England, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland.


Mr. Heintz has been widely recognized as a leading lawyer in the insurance coverage area, as noted by his rankings and recognitions listed below. Chambers USA ranks Mr. Heintz as one of the top 13 leading insurance coverage attorneys in the country, stating that “he is known to peers as ‘one of the best lawyers in this field,’” and noting that “he is described as ‘an outstanding performer with an outstanding reputation.’” Mr. Heintz and his co-authors were also selected as Burton Award winners for the 2010 “Distinguished Law Firm Category” for their article “Insurance Coverage for Climate Change Suits: The Battle Has Begun,” which was published in The Environmental Claims Journal in March 2009.

  • 2018, Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, D.C., listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2014–2018, Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2014–2017, Insurance: Policyholder and Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder, listed in Chambers USA
  • 2017, listed in Who’s Who Legal – Insurance & Reinsurance
  • 2014–2017, “Leading Lawyer” in “Insurance: Advice to Policyholders,” listed in Legal 500
  • 2014–2017, listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers
  • 2013–2016, listed in Benchmark Litigation
  • 2015, listed in Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • 2015, listed in Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance
  • 2013, listed in “International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers” by Who’s Who Legal
  • Listed in Expert Guides
  • Listed in Super Lawyers
  • Listed in Lawdragon
  • Listed in Law 360

A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.