Mr. Heinicke was a summer associate at the firm, and joined the firm as a lawyer out of his clerkship in November 1998. He was elected to the partnership in December 2003. His practice focuses on employment and complex commercial litigation, particularly in class and collective actions and employee mobility matters.
Mr. Heinicke was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in California in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 (click dates to view articles). He has also been recognized for his legal work by Chambers USA.
Mr. Heinicke handles litigation and counseling matters for a wide variety of leading national and California clients, including 99¢ Only Stores, AmeriGas, Bechtel, Fidelity Investments, Flexport, GardaWorld, Plains All American, Square, TIBCO Software, Wells Fargo, Yelp and York Risk Services. Mr. Heinicke has trial, arbitration and appellate experience.
Mr. Heinicke served as the 105th president of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Prior to serving in this role, he served on the board of directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco and on the board of directors of its legal services and diversity program. He is a past president of the Barristers Club of the San Francisco Bar Association and past chair of the Labor and Employment section of the Barristers Club.
Mr. Heinicke serves via mayoral appointment (first from Mayor Gavin Newsom and then from Mayor Edwin Lee) as the Chair of the board of directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the city agency that oversees public transportation, traffic and parking in San Francisco. Mr. Heinicke received this appointment after serving as a Taxicab Commissioner. Mr. Heinicke previously served via appointment by former Mayor Willie Brown as chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the body charged with overseeing and enforcing the City’s anti-discrimination laws and policies, as well as its preferential contracting programs.
In addition, Mr. Heinicke serves on the board of the Say Hey Foundation, the charity founded and headed by baseball legend Willie Mays, which is dedicated to helping children’s causes.
Mr. Heinicke is a native Californian. He, his wife Meg and their children Charlotte, Alexander and Greta live in San Francisco. In his spare time, Mr. Heinicke plays baseball, golfs and enjoys coaching youth sports, local politics, public transit and California history.