Education

  • U.S. Naval Academy (1997)
  • American University Washington College of Law, J.D. (2005)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

Astor Heaven

Partner
aheaven@crowell.com
+1.202.624.2599
Chosen as a "Rising Star"
by Super Lawyers Magazine
(2014-2016) and as a
"Super Lawyer" (2017-2019).

Astor Heaven is a trial lawyer in Crowell & Moring's Litigation Group. Astor litigates, arbitrates, and tries trade secret and complex commercial disputes for defense, government contracting, and technology clients, including some of the country’s largest defense industry entities. He has prosecuted and defended requests for emergency relief (including TROs and preliminary injunctions) and has litigated and arbitrated disputes related to teaming agreements, technology transfers, leases, military sales, and various other trade secret and commercial issues. Astor also has substantial experience litigating antitrust matters. A U.S. Naval Academy graduate and former U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Astor’s military background factors in his case work, bringing a unique perspective and discipline to client matters, whether as lead attorney or contributing to a team’s overall success.

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 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.



Affiliations

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



Representative Matters

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 government contractor in litigation involving the breach of a lease agreement.
  • Representing a defense contractor in an international arbitration regarding an offset transaction associated with a foreign military sale transaction.
  • Representing a defense contractor in litigation regarding an offset transaction associated with a foreign military sale transaction.
  • Representing a government contractor in AAA arbitration pertaining to the breach of 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.
Antitrust
  • 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.


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Firm News & Announcements

January 12, 2022 Crowell & Moring Releases Litigation Forecast 2022: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year
May 13, 2021 The National Black Lawyers Selects Crowell & Moring Lawyers as Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40 Members
January 4, 2021 Crowell & Moring Elects Nine New Partners and Promotes 18 to Counsel Positions
November 25, 2019 Harlem Park Residents Sue Baltimore Police, Former Commissioner, Over Drastic, Multi-Day Lockdown
September 20, 2019 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
October 15, 2018 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
October 31, 2017 Super Lawyers Recognizes 79 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
November 30, 2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 71 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
May 5, 2016 Crowell & Moring Announces 2016 Legal Counsel on Legal Diversity Fellow and Pathfinders
October 27, 2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
January 22, 2015 Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group Featured in Global Competition Review's 15th Edition "GCR 100"
September 30, 2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
January 17, 2013 Crowell & Moring Elects Seven New Partners and Promotes Twelve Attorneys to Senior Counsel and Counsel Positions
March 30, 2012 Crowell & Moring's Astor Heaven Named 2012 LCLD Fellow