Richard Heideman

Richard D. Heideman is a tireless fighter on behalf of the State of Israel and an advocate for victims of terrorism around the world whose human and individual rights have been violated.

Founder of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Heideman Nudelman & Kalik PC, he is licensed to practice before the US Supreme Court and numerous federal and state courts. Heideman serves as lead trial counsel on behalf of American victims of terrorism in claims brought against Libya, Syria, Iran and other organizations and financial institutions accused of providing material support for terrorism. In the past few years, the firm’s clients have been awarded Judgments against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the amounts of $1.27 billion and $813 million; and against Syria in the amounts of $601 million, $51 million and most recently a landmark Judgment of $3.58 billion.

A noted public speaker, Heideman has appeared on CNN’s “Burden of Proof,” “Fox Morning News,” CNBC and as legal analyst for WUSA-9, the CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, DC, Reuters and other news organizations, providing commentary and analysis on various civil and criminal matters. He has taught seminars at the Potomac Institute, lectured at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Center for Arab Studies, at the International Law Society of the George Washington University Law School and at the Israel Bar Association, as well as on contemporary topics of interest throughout the world. Heideman is also former President of the George Washington University Alumni Association.

Heideman twice was elected as President of B’nai B’rith International and since 2002 has continued to serve the organization as Honorary President. In 1985, Heideman was an NGO delegate to the United Nations World Conference on Women; in 2001 as Head of Delegation to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa; in 2009 as Head of Delegation to United Nations Durban Review Conference; and in 2011 as Chairman of the UN Durban 10-year Assessment. Heideman has participated in meetings at The White House, the Department of State and with numerous heads of state, prime ministers, foreign ministers and ambassadors around the globe.

Currently Heideman is the Chair of The Herzliya Conference International Advisory Board, Chairman of the Jerusalem based Student Conference on International Law and the Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington Lawyers Committee. He has at various times served on the Boards of the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Agency for Israel, World Zionist Organization, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the World Jewish Congress, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and as a Trustee of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem. As a young person he served as the founding chair of the ground-breaking Kallah international leadership training conference and subsequently served as the international President (Grand Aleph Godol) of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization after which he graduated from the University of Michigan (BA, 1969), the National Law Center at George Washington University (JD, 1972) and studied at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law in the Law and Policy Institute Abroad, concentrating in Legal Aspects of the Middle East Conflict.

In 2001, Heideman received the distinguished Merito de Mayo decoration by then President Duhalde of Argentina, having received the Heritage Award from State of Israel Bonds in 1988 and the Sam Beber Distinguished Alumnus Award from the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization in 1999. In 2005 he received the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

Heideman lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Hon. Phyllis Greenberg Heideman, a former Presidential Appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. They have three daughters, Stefanie Jo Heideman, Dr. Elana Yael Heideman, and Ariana Michal Heideman, as well as three grandsons, Max, Eytam and Noam.
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