CalChamber Legal Affairs Staff: Heather Wallace
Vice President, Legal Affairs
Heather Wallace was promoted to vice president of legal affairs, effective October 1, 2021. She joined the CalChamber in November 2011 as associate general counsel and is a seasoned litigator with experience on employment law, health care, intellectual property and more.
Wallace came to the CalChamber from the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB), where she was senior staff counsel, providing legal advice on the Healthy Families Program, the Pre- Existing Condition Insurance Plan and the Major Risk Medical Insurance Program.
For four years, she offered legal counsel in various capacities to EdFund, a non-profit organization providing student loan guarantee services to students seeking higher education. EdFund, based in Rancho Cordova, was succeeded by ECMC in December 2010, continuing to provide information on education finance and student loan services.
Wallace’s responsibilities at EdFund/ ECMC included intellectual property, employment law, contract negotiations, bond-related issues, regulatory analysis, security, privacy, retirement plans and medical benefits, state business filings and records retention.
Before joining EdFund, Wallace was in private practice. She litigated commercial and intellectual property matters for a Sacramento firm. She also represented technology companies on intellectual property cases for a Cupertino firm, in addition to litigating antitrust and contract disputes.
Wallace holds a B.A. in history from the University of New Orleans. She earned honors in legal research and writing, and civil procedure while attending Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington. She received her J.D. with honors from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was technical editor of the Computer and High Technology Law Journal.
The Legal Affairs Department reviews and participates in court cases having a broad impact on California’s economy and business climate.