UCLA James Heaps Sexual Abuse Investigation


Girard Sharp lawyers are investigating potential claims on behalf of women who were treated by UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Heaps.

Heaps is charged with sexual battery and exploitation of patients while working as a staff gynecologist at UCLA—a position he held for almost thirty years.

Were you a patient of Dr. James Heaps? Do you believe you may have been a victim of sexual assault? If so, you may have a claim for relief. Protect your rights by speaking with a Girard Sharp attorney at (415) 981-4800 or submit your information below.

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On Monday, June 10, charges against Heaps for sexual battery of two patients in 2017 and 2018 became public after he surrendered to law enforcement. Dr. Heaps pleaded not guilty. While Dr. Heaps retired in 2018, UCLA’s investigation has unearthed complaints from students in 2014 and 2015.

UCLA has issued a public apology, stating “We are deeply sorry for this . . . we know we could have done better” and “we need to hear from other possible patients.”

If you were a patient of Dr. James Heaps and believe you may have been the victim of sexual assault, you may have a claim for relief. Girard Sharp has substantial experience in class action and other complex litigation on behalf of sexual abuse survivors. Girard Sharp lawyers currently serve as members of the leadership team in the USC litigation arising out of allegations that Dr. George Tyndall—a gynecologist at USC—sexually abused his patients. USC agreed to resolve the Tyndall case for $215 million. Protect your rights by calling a Girard Sharp attorney (415-981-4800) or submitting your information above.

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