Heining is a senior counsel at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. He joined the agency in Boston in November 2012.
Heining studied for his bachelor's in philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, a liberal arts college in Minnesota. During this time he took a year at Oxford University on exchange. He subsequently earned his master’s degree in philosophy from Ohio State University in 2002, and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2005.
He then spent seven years at Bingham McCutchen, becoming counsel before moving to the SEC.
In August 2015, Heining helped bring the SEC’s foreign bribery case against the Bank of New York Mellon—the first FCPA settlement involving a company’s hiring practices. The bank agreed to pay US$8.3 million in disgorgement, US$1.5 million in prejudgment interest, and a US$5 million penalty to settle charges it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The agency found BNY Mellon gave student internships to family members of foreign government officials affiliated with a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund. The bank bypassed its usual hiring procedures and the interns were unqualified for their positions, the SEC said.