Were You A Patient
of UCLA OB/GYN
Dr. James Heaps?

If you were a patient of Dr. James Heaps, you may have been subject to inappropriate or medically unnecessary conduct and entitled to compensation.

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What happened at UCLA?

Dr. James Heaps, a physician formerly employed by UCLA, has been charged with sexual battery in connection with his medical practice and has surrendered to law enforcement. Dr. Heaps was an obstetrician-gynecologist who worked on a part-time basis at the UCLA student health center from approximately 1983 to 2010, held medical staff privileges at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from 1988 to 2018, and practiced at 100 Medical Center Drive in Westwood from the 1990’s until mid-2018.

Heaps, 62, was charged May 22, 2019 with two counts of sexual battery of fraud and one count of sexual exploitation of a patient, said Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. These charges relate to care he provided to two patients in 2017 and 2018 at UCLA Health.icient evidence’ that Dr. Heaps’ conduct violated University of California Policy on Sexual Assault and Harassment

Timeline

You are not alone. 

Others have experienced mistreatment at the hands of Dr. Heaps and we are currently representing several other victims.

-As alleged in our lawsuits-

2017

JUNE: Dr. Heaps touches patient in an inappropriate and sexual manner during an IUD removal procedure.

2014

Dr. Heaps investigated by the California Medical Board for complaints of misconduct and abuse.

Dr. Heaps medical practice acquired by UCLA.

2015

JANUARY: Yelp review posted by a former UCLA student alleges that Dr. Heaps had sexually harassed her.

AUGUST: Dr. Heaps named one of the 35 highest-paid University of California employees.

2019

MAY 9: The Kavinoky Law firm secures its first UCLA client the ONLY UCLA settlement to date for $2.25M.

JUNE 10: UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block announces “distressing information” about Dr. Heaps’ sexual battery charge.

2018

JUNE: UCLA School of Medicine announces “with mixed emotions” that Dr. Heaps has “retired”.

OCTOBER: “Violating” review posted by Vitals.com user.

JUNE 11: UCLA acknowledges to its patients that Heaps charges are “very disturbing”.

JUNE 12: The Kavinoky Law Firm files 1st UCLA lawsuit.

JUNE 13: The Kavinoky Law Firm files 2nd UCLA lawsuit.

OCTOBER 17: The Kavinoky Law Firm files 20th UCLA lawsuit.

NOVEMBER 13: UCLA Title IX investigative review finds “sufficient evidence” that Dr. Heaps violated the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment sections of the University of California Policy on Sexual Violence.

NOVEMBER 27: Kavinoky Law Firm files new suit on behalf of five patients of Dr. Heaps.

“I’m here to redeem my self-esteem and go on with my life and try and get past him.”

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How Do I Know If This Affected Me?

If you were a patient between 1983 - 2014 at the UCLA Student Health Center, a patient between 1988 - 2018 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, or a patient of Dr. Heaps at his medical office in Westwood you may have been subject to inappropriate behavior.

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Ms. McGrath was part of the legal team which recently prevailed at trial, winning a $140 Million verdict for client Hulk Hogan in his invasion of privacy case against Gawker Media LLC and two of its editors. The verdict was one of the largest in the United States in 2016.

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Darren received an “AV Preeminent Rating” by Martindale-Hubbell (a peer review ranking that signals the highest level of professional excellence and ethics); a perfect 10.0 Rating by Avvo.com (an independent attorney ranking site), and many other accolades.  

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Breaking News

New UCLA Title IX investigation finds ‘sufficient evidence’ that Dr. Heaps’ conduct violated University of California Policy on Sexual Assault and Harassment

  • ‘Patient A’ represented by McGrath Kavinoky
  • Report notes prior complaints against Dr. Heaps, including previously undisclosed medical board investigation between 1997-2000
  • Read full report here

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