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Heidi Brauer Ruchala

Heidi Brauer Ruchala


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f: 716.768.2811

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Heidi Brauer Ruchala devotes a substantial portion of her practice to the defense of toxic substance, products liability, personal injury, sports and recreation liability and trucking litigation in both state and federal courts.

Heidi defends numerous corporate clients involved in asbestos, benzene and beryllium and lead paint litigation. She also has extensive experience with asbestos cases venued across New York State, in New York City, and in the Multi-District Litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended multi state product liability actions
  • Resolution of numerous asbestos product liability cases during various phases of trial, arbitration and mediation
  • Coordination of multiple defendants and experts on defense and trial preparation of product liability claims
  • Supervise and coordinate local counsel across country in defense of clients involved in product liability claims involving asbestos and material handling systems
  • Strategic planning of defense of multiple clients in managing mass tort litigation

Practice Areas


  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., cum laude

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of New York

Memberships & Affiliations

  • ARIAS-U.S., Member
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers of Western New York

Civic Activities

  • Western New York P.A.T.H. (People Against Trafficking Humans) Coalition
  • STOP (Stop Trafficking of People)
  • Starpoint School,  PTA
  • TWIGs, Fundraising for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
  • Mock Trial Coach for Buffalo High School

Speaking & Publications


  • Selected by Peer Review for Inclusion in Super Lawyer Directory, 2016, 2017 for Class Action & Mass Torts
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013 Rising Star for Personal Injury Defense: General

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Partner
  • Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP, Associate Attorney