Bryan H. Heckenlively is a litigator in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on privacy and data security matters and class actions.
- Lead trial counsel for The Regents of the University of California in winning a jury verdict in favor of UCLA Health System, which was accused of negligently releasing the plaintiff’s medical records in violation of California’s Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. After a one-week trial, a Los Angeles jury rejected the plaintiff’s claim for more than $1.25 million in damages.
- A government contractor in obtaining a complete defense victory against a certified class alleging breach-of-contract claims after a nearly three-month arbitration hearing.
- HTC in multi-district litigation challenging the installation and use of data collection software on mobile devices as violating the Wiretap Act, Stored Communications Act, and federal and state consumer protection laws.
- HTC in putative class actions involving the Evo 4G smartphone and the Google Phone, alleging unfair competition, false advertising and warranty claims.
- ESPN and Disney Interactive in putative class actions asserting claims under the Video Privacy Protection Act.
Mr. Heckenlively also has experience handling appellate matters in state and federal court. Among other matters, he has argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on behalf of a native of Guatemala appealing a final order of removal. In other pro bono appeals, he has prepared amicus curiae briefs for non-profit legal organizations concerned about the standard for recovering attorney’s fees in civil rights cases and public health organizations opposing a Florida law preventing physicians from discussing firearm safety with their patients. .
Mr. Heckenlively serves on the board of directors for the Bay Area Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Leadership Council for the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Advisory Board of the East Bay Community Law Center. He also teaches a trial advocacy course and coaches mock trial teams as a Lecturer at Berkeley Law.
Before joining Munger Tolles, Mr. Heckenlively served as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.