He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1963. and became an attorney for the US Department of Justice during the Kennedy Administration rising to become Chief Assistant United States Attorney. In 1968, after the death of his father he took over his family's Connecticut-based real estate firm, Heyman Properties. He founded the Washington-based Partnership for Public Service, the Heyman Fellowship Program and The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where Professor Eric J. Pan is Director. He is married to Ronnie Feuerstein Heyman, and they have four children
During the 80s he was a corporate raider, using debt provided by the investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert. Successful targets of his raids were the GAF Materials Corporation and International Specialty Products. He also made large sums of money in failed take-overs of Borg-Warner and Union Carbide. He has recently been involved in takeover attempts on Dexter, the London Stock Exchange, and Hercules Corporation.
He achieved notoriety in Australia during the QANTAS takeover when his Hedge Fund, Heyman Investment Associates declined to accept Airline Partners Australia's offer for his share, and after the failure of the offer subsequently accepted for over half his holding, although this was unsuccessful. As his total holding was said to be 10% of QANTAS's shares, he had at risk over a billion dollars (Australian) in shares, and was possibly in violation of QANTAS foreign shareholding rules.
Uspto Commissioner for Patents Named Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal Finalist Finalists Eligible for Eight Service to America Medals, Including Federal Employee of the Year
May 06, 2013; WASHINGTON -- The following information was released by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): The U.S....
United States Patent and Trademark Office Commissioner for Patents Named Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal Finalist
May 07, 2013; WASHINGTON, May 6 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Patent & Trademark Office issued the following press release:The U.S....