Munger, Tolles & Olson partners Malcolm A. Heinicke and Terry E. Sanchez were chosen among the Top 75 Labor and Employment Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. This is the fourth consecutive ranking for Mr. Heinicke and the third straight year that Mr. Sanchez has been included. The list was published July 18.
Mr. Heinicke was recognized in part for his work on a precedent-setting case involving 99₵ Only Stores, where the firm secured the dismissal of a representative action seeking penalties for failure to provide seats to retail cashiers. This win was the first order denying class-representative status in this type of case.
“As you see the evolution and expansion of wage-and-hour cases, it’s really important for us representing employers not only to focus on the law but to explain why these policies exist and are beneficial for commerce, customers and employees themselves,” he said.
Mr. Sanchez was spotlighted for his work representing Warner Bros. in Charlie Sheen’s $100 million wrongful termination suit.
“I was surprised that it generated as much media scrutiny in the general media, as opposed to the entertainment media. It really captured people’s interests,” Mr. Sanchez told the newspaper.
The Daily Journal also noted his work on behalf of Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo in defeating so-called “forced patronage” putative class actions. He co-led the effort to defeat these claims on federal conflict preemption grounds, arguing that federal securities law gives employers the discretion to determine the practices and policies under which their employees can trade securities in order to monitor their activities and prevent insider trading.
Based in Munger Tolles’ San Francisco office, Mr. Heinicke’s practice includes complex commercial litigation, particularly employment and false advertising class actions and employee mobility (trade secret) matters.
Located in Munger Tolles’ Los Angeles office, Mr. Sanchez’s practice includes employment litigation defense, including defending wrongful discharge, discrimination and sexual harassment actions.