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Heidi Holmquist Wells

Personal injury Attorney at Eureka, CA

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Heidi Sarah Holmquist

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Heidi

Learn Heidi’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Heidi Holmquist Wells is currently a partner in The Zwerdling Law Firm, where she has years of experience representing clients who have been injured due to the negligence of others.

    6 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Heidi Holmquist Wells has been defending the citizens of Humboldt County against criminal charges since 2010. She has successfully represented clients in every type of case, from DUIs to murder.

    13 years

Heidi Holmquist Wells is a partner at The Zwerdling Law Firm, LLP in Eureka, California, with a focus on personal injury litigation. Since entering private practice in 2017, she has achieved life-changing results for clients from all walks of life who have experienced injuries due to the negligence of others. 

Ms. Wells came to Humboldt in 2010 after graduating from The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law where she focused on trial advocacy and competed on the Mock Trial Team. While still in law school, she interned for the Yolo County Public Defender's Office representing indigent clients. There, she completed several trials, and after passing the bar at the age of 25, she moved to Humboldt County to take a job as a Deputy Public Defender. 

Ms. Wells served her community as Humboldt County Deputy Public Defender for over seven years, litigating every kind of criminal case and achieving "NOT GUILTY" verdicts in not just one, but two murder trials. In 2017, she was named a "Top 40 under 40" Lawyer in the area of criminal defense by The National Trial Lawyers. Her vast trial experience and partnership with locally renowned personal injury attorney Zachary Zwerdling have prepared her for the complex legal work required to get the best result for her clients who have been wrongfully injured. 

Ms. Wells is dedicated to her clients, knowledgeable in her areas of practice, and understands that every case comes down to a person and their story. She strives to make difficult situations easier and enjoys finding creative solutions to some of life’s biggest problems.

When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, dogs, and horses in the breathtaking nature of Humboldt County.

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The Zwerdling Law Firm is open and operating. We offer virtual consultations as well as in-person meetings with COVID-19 protocols in place. We are here for your legal needs during these unprecedented times.

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Posted by Sarah | June 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heidi is a brilliant attorney.
I was in a traumatic car accident in 2020, and hired Heidi as my attorney. She never let me down. She was communicative throughout every step of the process - my emails and phone calls were always answered, my concerns and questions were always addressed. After the accident, I was scared and alone, but Heidi was in my corner and fought for me. She was knowledgeable about the process of my case. She was professional in her actions. She had experience where I felt lost. She advocated for me when I could not advocate for myself, and that is the mark of not only a brilliant attorney, but a genuinely good person as well. Heidi, you will always have my respect and gratitude.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2022
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Best lawyer in the county
Heidi is such an incredible attorney. She is effective, professional, and the best part about her is that she clearly explains the legal process and what to expect so her clients are not stressed out. too often lawyers take advantage of their clients retainers and do the very minimum, leaving clients confused, but not Heidi, she goes above and beyond to be totally clear and keep you involved in her process. I hired Heidi when my last lawyer left me in the dark and very confused about my case and it was the best thing I could have done, instead of settling for something I was not guilty of , Heidi got the case dismissed. I highly suggest hiring Heidi for any of your legal needs.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Hire Heidi Holmquist Wells
Heidi is an outstanding attorney. She is exceedingly smart, insightful, and extremely creative. She goes above and beyond her call of duty for each and everyone of her clients, no matter the size of the case. Her dedication to her craft and results she achieves make her truly stand out in the crowd. She is a force of nature.
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Posted by Mehwish | October 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Heidi!
Heidi- I love you. Thank you for being such a great listener and support for Andrew and I over the last 2 years. I feel so lucky to have found someone so kind and caring to help guide us through this period of our lives. You see your clients at their worst and still manage to do you job extremely well with a smile, a laugh, and if needed a shoulder to cry on. We couldn't have done this without you. You rock! :)
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Posted by Pamlyn | October 27, 2020
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Working with the disenfranchised or those with Mental Illness
My review is about working with Heidi on issues that impact our County. I worked for DHHS-Mental Health branch for 20 years, then went to work at a Police Department. We needed to form a team that would be setting up services and working to reduce the negative stigma and discrimination between Law Enforcement and the Mental Health system. The overall goal was fewer deaths, incarcerations and more understanding for those with Mental Illnesses. Heidi was asked to be part of the (CIT) Crisis Intervention Team. Most Attorneys would say no to such a task. But Heidi said she would love to be part of reducing fear of Mental Illness and building bridges. Heidi had worked for those with Mental Health related issues on conservatorships in the past and she worked with Law Enforcement on her current cases. Who better than someone who understood the issues from all sides. I found Heidi to be helpful, non judgmental and willing to research for facts. Heidi also believed in growth and the ability of people to change. (all people) Heidi turned out to be an advocate for collaboration between Mental Health and Law Enforcement. The outcome of her work has continued to be beneficial to our community. Some of the positive outcomes from her dedication and work are, Police Officers working with Mental Health staff to come up with a plan to reduce stigma. Mental Health staff viewing Officers as partners who help. Last, I have talked to many clients who had Heidi as an Attorney. They all said the same thing. Heidi treated them with dignity and respect. Isn't that how we all want to be treated? Thank you Heidi!
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2018
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A relatable, good-sense person developing rapidly into a specialist.
Heidi was outstanding for guidance and subject matter feedback. I expressed my concerns, and she helped me focus on those which we would have the best chance of influencing to my benefit, and those which we would best leave unaddressed, to avoid opening up new arguments against me. We generated a package of information which we were able to provide and successfully preempt problems before they turned into severe consequences.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • The Zwerdling Law Firm, LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Humboldt County Public Defenders Office
  • 2010 - 2017
  • Criminal Defense Intern
  • Yolo County Public Defender's Office
  • 2008 - 2009


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of California - Davis
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • People v. Jason Arreaga
  • Acquittal
  • People v. Joseph Miller
  • Aquittal


  • Humboldt County Teen Court
  • Attorney Mentor Volunteer
  • 2018 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Humboldt County Crisis Intervention Team
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Humboldt County Attorney's Association
  • Co-President
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 CA Personal Injury Attorney Under 40
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2023
  • Best Law Firm
  • North Coast Journal
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018


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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Heidi
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Heidi is a top notch, hard working attorney. She fights for her clients and knows her way around a Courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly recommend Heidi Wells for clients seeking competent and confident criminal defense. Heidi has excellent instincts for justice and fairness and works very hard for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Heidi is a brilliant lawyer, not only in criminal defense but in client relations, co-worker interactions and knowlege of the law. She has terrific instincts, is not intimidated by big cases and can be enormously intimidating to opposing counsel simply by her knowledge and presence."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Heidi is an exceptional attorney. She has years of jury trial experience. Now that she is with this office I have had a chance to watch her on a regular basis handling complex cases with great skill and judgment. She is highly principled and dedicated to serving her clients both in personal injury and criminal defense matters. She very much deserves a 5 star rating from AVVO"
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