Munger, Tolles & Olson partners Malcolm A. Heinicke and Terry E. Sanchez were named among the Daily Journal‘s Top Labor and Employment Lawyers in California. This is the sixth consecutive ranking for Mr. Heinicke and the fifth year in a row that Mr. Sanchez has been recognized. The list was published July 16, 2014.
Mr. Heinicke was recognized in part for his success in obtaining a rare non-compete injunction for Guardsmark LLC in a trade secrets lawsuit against a former manager who had launched a competing company while still employed with Guardsmark and attempted to take over one of its largest accounts. Using a novel approach, Mr. Heinicke obtained a permanent injunction against the competing company, won back the contract for Guardsmark, and secured payment of attorney fees by the defendant. The Daily Journal highlighted Mr. Heinicke’s accomplishment, noting the difficulty of obtaining a non-compete injunction in California.
The Daily Journal spotlighted Mr. Sanchez’s representations of Amgen USA and Wells Fargo Bank. The publication recognized Mr. Sanchez’s successful defense of Amgen against a whistleblower in a wrongful discharge lawsuit, noting that he was brought in to try the case in December 2013 after five years of active discovery and litigation on both sides and brought it to a favorable settlement in April 2014. The story also featured Mr. Sanchez’s success, along with Mr. Heinicke, in obtaining dismissals of collective and class action lawsuits against Wells Fargo Bank NA alleging the company pressured loan underwriters to work off the clock and failed to compensate them for their time – a case that ultimately settled on an individual basis in February 2014.
Mr. Heinicke focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, particularly employment and false advertising class actions and employee mobility (trade secret) matters.
Mr. Sanchez’s practice includes employment litigation defense, including defending wrongful discharge, discrimination and sexual harassment actions.