Malcolm A. Heinicke


Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
350 South Grand Avenue
50th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3426

Tel: (415) 512-4029


Malcolm Heinicke is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, and he is the Co-Managing Partner of the firm. His practice focuses on employment and complex commercial litigation, particularly in class and collective actions and employee mobility matters. 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.

Mr. Heinicke was selected by the Daily Journal as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in California in 202120202019201820172016201520142013201220112010 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, Bechtel, Conduent, Fidelity Investments, Flexport, GardaWorld, Instacart, Plains All American, See’s Candies, Square, 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 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.

From counseling to litigation, Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys spend most of their time defending employers in high-stakes individual and class action suits involving alleged wage and hour violations, discrimination, wrongful termination, harassment and retaliation.

We also regularly handle trade secret and unfair competition disputes, as well as collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations.

The firm counsels clients to develop sound policies and procedures that avoid potential liabilities and comply with California’s complex –– and at times surprising –– employment laws and decisions.

Our employment practice serves a wide range of companies, with a particular understanding of the financial services, entertainment, utilities, telecommunications and retail sectors.

For more than 55 years, Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys have been partnering with clients on their most important and complex cases and deals.

With offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., we maintain a national and international practice. Our principal areas of practice include litigation, corporate, labor and employment, environmental, real estate, financial restructuring and tax.

Munger Tolles has purposefully maintained a low-leverage environment and eschewed the high-leverage model adopted by many firms. We believe our one-to-one overall partner-to-associate ratio instills a work ethic that results in a cost-effective approach for our clients. In every representation, our 200 lawyers are expected to make a difference in developing and implementing strategies to obtain the best results for the client.

In a survey conducted by The American Lawyer, clients said they called on Munger Tolles in “precedent-setting cases that require a creative mind.” Where resources are needed, the survey noted that we are able to deploy an “army of trial lawyers capable of waging war.”

We are involved in some of the most high-profile legal cases in the country and count among our clients Bank of America, Transocean, Edison International, Verizon, Rambus, Oaktree Capital Management, KB Home, LG Display, Yucaipa Cos. and Berkshire Hathaway. Descriptions of these and other representations can be found on our Practice and Industries pages.

Munger Tolles has been consistently ranked on The American Lawyer’s A-List since its inception in 2004, including seven years in the top spot. This annual ranking of the nation’s elite law firms ranks on the basis of financial strength, diversity, pro bono work and attorney satisfaction. We believe our core values and one-to-one approach are responsible for our success in these four areas, as well as in delivering consistent results to our clients.

“Malcolm Heinicke has notable expertise in large-scale wage and hour matters, including class and collective actions. He also acts on trade secret and misclassification disputes.”
Chambers & Partners