Photograph of Astor Heaven
Chosen as a "Rising Star"
by Super Lawyers Magazine
(2014-2016) and as a
"Super Lawyer" (2017-2019).

Astor Heaven

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2599
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004

Astor Heaven is a trial lawyer in Crowell & Moring's Litigation group who has tried cases and handled numerous complex litigations in state and federal courts around the country as well as in various arbitral bodies.  Astor’s practice focuses on trade secrets and complex commercial litigation, where he has prosecuted and defended requests for emergency relief (including TROs and Preliminary Injunctions); litigated issues related to teaming agreements, technology transfers, and various other trade secret and commercial issues; and represented some of the country’s largest defense, technology, and health care clients.  Astor has also litigated antitrust and intellectual property cases in a variety of industries.

Although an experienced trial lawyer and litigator, Astor also focuses on keeping his clients out of court by counseling them on trade secrets related matters, including conducting audits, managing risk, and performing other assessments of trade secret strength and protection.  A frequent speaker, Astor has presented regarding trade secret issues at AIPLA, PLI and other conferences.  And he serves as a panelist for the Sedona Conference Working Group on Trade Secret Issues.  Astor’s military background also factors in his case work.  As a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former Surface Warfare Officer, Astor brings a unique perspective and discipline to client matters, whether as lead attorney or contributing to a team’s overall success. 

Some of his recent matters include:

Trade Secrets

  • Representing Lenovo in a trade secrets misappropriation matter pertaining to software code used on a community website.
  • Representing a defense contractor in a trade secret misappropriation matter pertaining to the design and testing of certain U.S. Navy ships. 
  • Representing a probiotics manufacturer in a matter involving claims of trade secret misappropriation, false advertising, and breach of contract. 
  • Representing plaintiff E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in a trade secret misappropriation matter regarding its Kevlar® technology. 

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Representing a defense contractor in a dispute regarding an offset transaction associated with the sale of equipment to a foreign nation.
  • Representing a government contractor in a breach of contract pertaining to a non-solicitation agreement.
  • Representing a defense contractor in an international arbitration pertaining to a commercial dispute with a subcontractor.
  • Representing a device manufacturer as a plaintiff in a copyright infringement lawsuit regarding an automotive performance programmer.


  • Representing corporate clients in actions to recover damages resulting from a price-fixing conspiracy regarding Cathode Ray Tubes. 
  • Representing corporate clients in actions to recover damages resulting from a price-fixing cartel regarding LCD panels. 
  • Representing Humana in litigation against the U.S. Department of Justice in the DOJ’s attempt to enjoin the acquisition of the company by Aetna. 
  • Representing a major U.S. airline in defense of Sherman Act Section 1 and Section 2 claims brought by the U.S. Department of Justice regarding slots at Newark Liberty International Airport. 
  • Representing AT&T in defense of a nationwide antitrust class action relating to the iPhone. 

Astor also maintains an active pro bono practice. He partners with the Montgomery County, Maryland Office of the Public Defender and through the partnership has successfully represented criminal defendants on a range of matters, including through trial. Astor has also successfully represented domestic violence victims in U-Visa and T-Visa proceedings.  He is very active in the community. Astor currently serves as a trustee for the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Athletic and Scholarship Program. He is also a Board Member for three separate organizations – Bethesda Soccer Club, Generation Hope and Neighborhood Legal Services Program.

Astor graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997, where he was a two-year letter winner on the football team. After serving in the Navy, he went to American University Washington College of Law. 


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Maryland, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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Sep.30.2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jan.17.2013 Crowell & Moring Elects Seven New Partners and Promotes Twelve Attorneys to Senior Counsel and Counsel Positions
Mar.30.2012 Crowell & Moring's Astor Heaven Named 2012 LCLD Fellow