Meet the team behind the experience

John Heisner

Senior Partner

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With extensive experience in all phases of complex litigation relating to business, trusts and estates, government regulations, real estate and intellectual property, John represents a broad spectrum of clients in a variety of matters, including non-profit foundations, individuals and family-owned businesses. His trust and litigation expertise includes estate planning, asset protection, trust administration and complex trials.  Throughout his career he has conducted more than 100 jury trials and numerous additional court trials.

An active member of the legal community, John has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the California Superior Courts and as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law.


  • J. D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • B. S., General Social Sciences, University of Oregon


  • State Bar of California, 2007
  • District of Columbia, 2009
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California

Membership and Affiliations

  • Jude Hospital Foundation, San Diego Chapter Board of Directors, Member
  • San Diego Military Defense Advisory Board, Member
  • San Diego Residential Housing Advisory Board, Member
  • California Masonic Foundation, Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • California Scottish Rite Foundation, Vice President
  • San Diego Unified School District’s “Raising a Reader” Program

Awards and Recognitions

  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
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Rafael Bonilla


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Rafael is a partner at Heisner, APC and focuses his practice on trust disputes, probate litigation, conservatorships, and estate planning. Beginning his career in complex civil litigation matters, Rafael’s strong litigation experience brings the necessary advocacy skills to resolve disputes. Rafael concentrates his practice mostly on trust and estate controversies and meeting his clients’ estate planning needs.

With respect to estate plans, Rafael focuses on assisting individuals and families with estate and business succession planning and understanding the unique needs of his clients. He also advises clients on how to avoid common pitfalls that lead to trust disputes between family members.

Rafael previously served as an extern with the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, for the Hon. Joseph Rodriguez and served as a judicial law clerk for the Superior Court of New Jersey for the Hon. Mitchel E. Ostrer.


  • J. D., Rutgers Law School
  • B. A., American Literature, Specialization in Accounting, University of California, Los Angeles


  • State Bar of California

Membership and Affiliations

  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member of Sections on Estate Planning, Trust, Probate Law
  • American Inn of Court, Hon. J. Clifford Wallace Chapter, Member
  • American Business Trial Lawyers, Member of the Leadership Development Committee (2017 – 2019)
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers, Member
  • La Jolla Bar Association, Member
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego, Member
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