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Cerritos
12800 Center Court Drive
Suite 300
Cerritos, CA 90703

562-653-3200
562-653-3333 fax

Irvine
20 Pacifica
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92618

949-453-4260
949-453-4262 fax

Education

  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School
  • B.A., Brigham Young University, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • 2005, California

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, Practice and Procedures under the NLRA
  • Member, Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Division
  • Member, J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Orange County Chapter

Brigham M. Cheney

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Practice Areas

Brigham 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, and executive employment agreements.  He has a wide range of litigation experience, including 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, in addition to successfully litigating numerous, complex, class actions alleging a variety of wage-and-hour claims at both trial and appellate levels. He also has experience defending employers against claims under “living wage” ordinances.

Mr. Cheney’s traditional labor practice includes representing employers in collective bargaining negotiations, critical work stoppage scenarios, grievance arbitrations, contract administration, business transactions, 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, medical devices, warehousing, food manufacturing and services, insurance, and others.

Mr. Cheney speaks German.

Mr. Cheney has been selected by Southern California Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the field of Employment & Labor Law for six of the last seven years (2009-2011 and 2013-2015).

Education
Brigham Cheney earned a double bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in European studies and German from Brigham Young University, and his Juris Doctor from The University of Chicago Law School.  

Representative Matters

  • Successful jury and bench trials of wage-and-hour class actions alleging off-the-clock work, failure to pay overtime, and failure to provide meal and rest breaks.
  • Successful complete defense judgment after a year-long bench trial of a wage-and-hour class action alleging millions of dollars in damages for off-the-clock work and failure to pay overtime.
  • Defeated class certification in numerous wage-and-hour class actions alleging exempt misclassification, off-the-clock work, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, pay stub violations, and failure to reimburse.
  • Successful defense of warehousing and logistics companies in employment-related claims under the Los Angeles Living Wage Ordinance and other wage-and-hour laws regulating the logistics and warehouse industry
  • Negotiated for the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Employers’ Association (formed by 14 of the largest container shipping companies and terminal operators in the world) in its collective bargaining negotiations with the ILWU, resulting in a favorable contract after a seven-day strike that shut down the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
  • Successful defense of employer in discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit, in which the employer successfully obtained a judgment against the plaintiff on the employer’s counterclaim for nearly $150,000 in damages for violation of California’s Invasion of Privacy Act.
  • Obtained complete defense awards in the arbitration of claims alleging discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
  • Favorable mediation and/or settlement of numerous class and individual employment lawsuits alleging wage-and-hour claims, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination.

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.

  • “Making Sense of Uncertainty in the Wake of Noel Canning”; ABA Labor and Employment Law FLASH ( August 2013)
  • “Are Your Standard Employment Policies Safe from NLRB Scrutiny?”; O.C. Business Journal (March 18, 2013)
  • “Recent Developments in Traditional Labor Law”; Practicing Law Institute (January 2013)
  • “Cal-WARN’s Many Pitfalls”; The Recorder (Sept. 12, 2012)

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