Malcolm Heinicke Named BASF President

Munger, Tolles & Olson attorney Malcolm A. Heinicke was inaugurated as the 105th President of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) on Dec. 14, 2017.

“BASF plays an indispensable role in the San Francisco community by uniting the legal community for collaboration, mentorship and public service,” Mr. Heinicke said. “I am committed to advancing BASF’s efforts to confront attacks on the rule of law, provide equal access to justice, and promote the professional well-being of those who make the system work, our lawyers.”

Mr. Heinicke has been active in BASF for 20 years. Prior to being named as an officer in line to be the association’s 105th President, he served as a member of the BASF Board of Directors, and before that, as a member of the Board of Directors of what is now the Justice & Diversity Center. Mr. Heinicke also served previously as president of the BASF Barristers Club and chair of the Labor and Employment section of the Barristers Club.

“Malcolm is a person of great passion for all of his pursuits – whether it be solving the toughest legal problem, addressing citywide transportation issues or promoting access to justice,” said Munger, Tolles & Olson Co-Managing Partner Brad D. Brian. “We congratulate Malcolm on his election as BASF president and know that he will maintain BASF’s leadership as a beacon of justice and order in society.”

BASF’s installation ceremony also featured a speech by Munger, Tolles & Olson litigator Adam I. Kaplan, who served as 2017 BASF Barristers Club president. During his farewell speech, Mr. Kaplan recognized key programs launched by the Barristers Club, including a Practical Skills Initiative focused on public speaking and other competencies critical to the practice of law. In addition to Mr. Kaplan, several Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys are active leaders in BASF.

Mr. Heinicke focuses his practice on employment and complex commercial litigation, particularly in class and collective actions and employee mobility matters. He is active in the San Francisco community, serving via mayoral appointments (from both Mayor Gavin Newson and Mayor Edwin Lee) as the Vice-Chair the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the city agency that oversees public transportation, traffic and parking in San Francisco. Mr. Heinicke served previously as a Taxicab Commissioner and chair of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Mr. Heinicke is also on the Board of Directors of the Say Hey Foundation, which was founded by his longtime friend and client Willie Mays, and which is dedicated to helping children’s causes.

Mr. Heinicke obtained a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an A.B., with honors, from Harvard University. After law school, he clerked for Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.