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     In or around 1985, Heidi moved to San Francisco and never left.  At various times, she has lived in the Haight Ashbury, Western Addition, Noe Valley and Treasure Island; and, she has been a Duboce Triangle resident since 2001.  


     Prior to going into private law practice, Heidi served in executive positions in local and regional government, chiefly focused on transportation policy and regulation, civil rights and public safety. Among her extracurricular activities, she swims and bikes, is an accomplished vegan cook, an amateur oil painter, and has been known to appear in live theater.  On Sundays, she looks forward to reading the New York Times in its print edition.     


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 70%
    8 years
  2. Government: 25%
    19 years
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 5%
    8 years



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    I endorse this lawyer. Heidi Machen is a great lawyer. She is smart, savvy, cares about her clients and knows how to either engage with or streamline the legal process if necessary. She is a champion for the underdog and I recommend her.


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Machen Law

345 Franklin St Ste 204
San Francisco, CA, 94102


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Competent ToastmasterToastmasters2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMachen Law Firm2009 - Present
Executive DirectorCity and County of San Francisco2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember - Women's Caucus2013 - Present
S.F. City Democratic ClubExecutive Officer2000 - Present
Business Networking InternationalTreasurer2011 - 2012
Networking Events for Women AttorneysMember2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dept. of Social Services v. Gutierrez and AlvaradoJudge ruled in favor of one licensee, allowing her to maintain her license. Judge revoked other licensee but allowed her to continue serving clients in other facilities.
Muraira v. Music School100% favorable judgment for client
Myres v. SF Housing AuthorityJury awarded Plaintiff's verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Recorder NewspaperFrom Home Office to Office Home2011
California Lawyer MagazineTaxiing Onward2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
San Francisco State UniversityArtBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MCLE panel presentationOnline Legal Research2012