Recent passing of Butte County Superior Court Judge
-Philip Heithecker

A long-time Chico defense attorney and Butte County Superior Court Judge Denny R. Forlund died December 20th, 2014. He was a fighter as a defense attorney, a fighter in law, and a fighter in life. He laid it on the line for the prosecutor or defense attorney and gave our clients a reality check when they needed it. This is a great loss. We will miss him.

Butte County Superior Court's Judge Retirement

Recently, Mr. Washington and Mr. Heithecker were asked to speak at Judge Hermansen's retirement ceremony. Both recalled their experiences and memories of Judge Hermansen and wish him well in retirement.

Rated Top 1% Trial Counsel-2012

Both Mr. Philip Heithecker and Mr. Tahj Gomes have been selected as The Top 1% Trial Counsel for Medical Malpractice-2012 by the Medical Malpractice, the leading independent website dedicated to educating the public about their rights and role in medical malpractice.

Client Comments posted on

The Office of Washington and Heithecker is an outstanding legal firm offering exemplary services and swift contact. Trustworthy and hardworking the legal form is supported by the outstanding and world class maturation skills of their premier secretary Christine.

I have found myself comfortable and well enclosed from unnecessary legal exposure while being a client. Retaining This law firm under the guise Philip H. Heithecker was certainly the best legal choice I made for my person well being and sanity, and for my hair line! I would wish to recommend to anyone to employ the services of the law office of Washington and Heithecker for their legal needs from now on.

May The blessed and holy deity of all creation watch over Philip H. Heithecker and Christine for always; I shall forever be indebted to them for their assistance in saving me from myself and helping me get my life back on track without enduring ultimate judicial consequence.

Barock M.

Summer 2011

Mr. Heithecker successfully mediated a million dollar lawsuit down to a low six figure settlement.

Spring 2011

Mr. Washington is currently a Water Commissioner for the Butte County Department of Water & Resource Conservation.

Fall 2010

Mr. Heithecker and Mr. Gomes successfully tried and defended a medical doctor in a complex medical malpractice case.

Summer 2010

Mr. Washington successfully negotiated a settlement in a crop loss case for a Butte County farmer.

Spring 2010

Mr. Gomes recently appealed a juvenile matter in an important 1st amendment case which resulted in a reversal of the lower court and a published 3DCA opinion.