12800 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703
Irvine, CA 92618
Brigham Cheney is a partner in the firm's Cerritos and Irvine offices. Mr. Cheney represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employee class action lawsuits; traditional labor law; discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination litigation; breach of contract claims; trade secret matters; and executive employment agreements. His wide range of litigation experience encompasses all phases of law and motion practice, discovery, mediation, arbitration, and trial.
Mr. Cheney has unique experience in wage-and-hour class action law, having successfully tried two such class actions. He has also obtained denials of class certification and dismissals of class and representative claims in numerous complex actions alleging a variety of wage-and-hour claims at both the trial and appellate court levels. In addition, he has obtained victories for his clients in claims under the California Private Attorney General Act and various “living wage” and “worker retention” laws.
Mr. Cheney’s traditional labor practice includes representing employers in collective bargaining negotiations, critical work stoppage scenarios, organization campaigns, cutting-edge employment policy development, grievance arbitrations, contract administration, business transactions, jurisdictional disputes, technology implementation, and litigation of unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.
In connection with his practice, Mr. Cheney has gained extensive experience in the international shipping industry, representing international container shipping lines, marine terminal operators, and major transportation and logistics companies with operations throughout the United States and worldwide. Mr. Cheney’s work has provided him with a multi-layered understanding of his transportation-related clients’ business operations and needs, enabling him to provide counsel on diverse issues involving government regulation, e-commerce, customer and vendor relationships, independent contractor classification, intermodal operations, technology processes and implementation, labor relations, and policy development.
Mr. Cheney also has broad experience representing companies in a variety of other industries, including telecommunications, life sciences, warehousing, food manufacturing and services, insurance, and others. He speaks fluent German.
Mr. Cheney earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in European studies and German from Brigham Young University. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School.
American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Practice and Procedures under the NLRA
Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association
Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Division
J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Orange County Chapter
Awards and Recognitions
Mr. Cheney was selected by Southern California Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the field of Employment & Labor Law for eight years (2009-2011 and 2013-2017). Rising Stars are exceptional Southern California attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for ten years or less. They are selected based on peer evaluations and independent research regarding the attorneys’ professional achievements. Only 2.5 percent of attorneys are recognized as Rising Stars.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Cheney speaks regularly to management and human resource groups regarding a variety of employment law topics, including wage and hour compliance, employment discrimination and harassment prevention, health care legislation, disability and accessibility issues, and traditional labor law. He has given presentations at the annual conferences of OC LERA (Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association) and PIHRA (Professionals in Human Resources Association).
In addition, Mr. Cheney has published numerous articles concerning cutting-edge labor and employment law issues, including the May 2017 cover article for the official journal of the State Bar of California Labor and Employment Law Section.
Representative articles and speaking engagements include:
Mr. Cheney has done a great deal of pro bono work. He represented the Hailey Mayz Foundation, a nonprofit pediatric therapy clinic, for employment-related legal issues. He has also worked on adoption and guardianship cases through the Public Law Center, an Orange County organization that provides pro bono legal services to low-income and vulnerable residents. In addition, he has assisted numerous small businesses with various employment law transactions on a pro bono basis, with a particular focus on businesses operated by immigrant and first-generation American owners.