Bar and Court Admissions
- State Court: California
- U.S. District Court: Northern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit
- University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2009
- Middlebury College, B.A., cum laude, 2003
Heather T. Rankie
Heather’s practice is devoted to complex civil litigation, with a focus on antitrust, unfair competition, and other complex litigation. In the antitrust area, she has represented consumers or businesses in actions involving price fixing, price discrimination, and product tying. Through this, Heather has gained experience in all phases of pre-trial litigation including: pre-complaint investigation, pleading, factual discovery (including electronic discovery), motion practice, settlement, and appellate advocacy. She brings a steadfast commitment to achieving the best result for each client, and attention to the details vital to successful resolutions of high-stakes matters.
Prior to joining Zelle, Heather attended the University of Washington School of Law where she served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology. She also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable John C. Coughenour, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.
TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California) — lead counsel team in multidistrict litigation on behalf of nationwide class of indirect purchasers involving claims of price fixing in the TFT-LCD panel market, resulting in a record-breaking $1.1 billion in all-cash settlements with ten defendants
Lithium Ion Batteries Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California) — liaison counsel team in multidistrict litigation on behalf of nationwide class of direct purchasers involving claims of price fixing in the lithium ion battery market
Credit/Debit Card Tying Cases (California Superior Court, San Francisco) — lead counsel team in coordinated class action lawsuit on behalf of California consumers involving antitrust and unfair competition claims arising from the defendants' rules regarding acceptance of their credit and debit cards
Transpacific Air Passenger Antitrust Litigation (U.S. District Court, Northern District of California) — litigation team in multidistrict litigation on behalf of a nationwide putative class involving claims of price fixing in the transpacific air passenger market
Publications & Presentations
"Incentive Award Guidance From Recent Class Actions," Competition Law360, September 6, 2013, co-author
“Indirect-Purchaser Actions,” California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, 2012 edition, chapter co-author
"Why Class Counsel Should Obtain Discovery From Objectors," Competition Law360, November 6, 2012, co-author
- Executive Committee Member, Antitrust and Business Regulation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco
- Member, American Bar Association
Pro Bono Activities
- Heather has served as a mentor with Upwardly Global, an organization serving immigrant, refugee, and asylee lawyers and other professionals seeking employment in the Bay Area. She has also represented plaintiffs in pro bono litigation to secure rights for low-wage workers’ and for disabled youth.