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About Ward

  Our firm dedicates itself to giving the best representation we can to clients who need counsel, help settling a case, assistance with negotiating severance, and/or expertise with litigating their employment issues. During my 27 years of practice, I have had the pleasure of helping fine, deserving people resolve their legal disputes.

  I help both employees and employers. I appear at government agency hearings: EDD (unemployment), Labor Commissioner (DLSE), Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), etc. 


   “Ward Heinrichs was very effective in helping me resolve my labor issues with my company. He advised me on settlements and we received the desired outcome very quickly. He also ran through various options on his fees and let me chose the one that worked for me. He is a pleasant and professional attorney and I recommend him highly.”     L R. San Diego, CA

  I also litigate in both state and federal courts. I have represented many lead plaintiffs in class action litigation when an employer’s conduct has harmed many employees. I also file suit for deserving employees who only have their own legitimate employment claims. I give advice to employers who need help meeting their employment obligations and keeping out of trouble. If necessary, I litigate for employers and represent them before government agencies.

  Before enrolling in law school in 1988, I served my country as a United State Marine Corps artillery officer. Before joining the Marines, I grew up in Indiana and attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville Indiana.

  I invite you to call our office to set-up a consultation with one of our attorneys.

  I thank you in advance for considering our firm. We hope to be able to work with you in the near future.

S. Ward Heinrichs, Esq.
Call Ward today at: 858-292-0792
858-408-7543 (fax)

 “Mr. Heinrichs is truly the most caring attorney I have ever met. After calling for an initial consult and leaving a message, my call was returned with in 30 minutes. He listened to me with out making me feel like a dollar sign and agreed to take on my case. I never had a problem communicating with him. He explained the process and informed me of every next step. I always knew what to expect and what time frame I was looking at. He worked hard on my case and I was happy with the outcome.” Amy L. Lakeside, CA

“Ward Heinrich is professional and approachable. His work ethic and follow-through are excellent. I found Ward a pleasure to work with and could rely on him to provide sound, well researched legal advice.” Dorothy Sorensen, SPHR/GPHR Crown HR Solutions

Let Ward Heinrichs be your Employment law Representative

  A good local attorney has a network of local sources. Ward Heinrichs works and lives in San Diego. He knows many of the judges in both the courts and the county administrative offices. He knows local legal customs. He has a local referral network for cases he does not handle and for other professional services. He uses his local knowledge and connections to benefit his clients. Give him a call to judge for yourself. The initial phone consultation is free.

  Unlike Employee cases, most employer cases must proceed on an hourly fee arrangement, but that is not always the case. If another fee arrangement is possible, Mr. Heinrichs will discuss that with you.

Bar Admissions

California, 1992
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2010
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2010
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1992
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1994

University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California
J.D. – 1991
University of San Diego, San Diego, California
M.B.A. – 1991
Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana
B.A. – 1983
Honors: Dean’s List
Major: Philosophy

Professional Associations and Memberships
California Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
California State Bar

Past Employment Positions

Puglia & Heinrichs, Partner, 1996 – 2000
United States Marine Corps, Lieutenant, 1983 – 1987

Kappa Sigma

Call Ward today at: 858-292-0792

S. Ward Heinrichs, Esq.
Employment Law Office of Ward Heinrichs
4565 Ruffner Street, Suite 207
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 408-7543 (fax)

“My name is Jeffrey Walters and I was the lead class representative in a case against Pacific Eagle International Security, Inc., a company that provided armed security guard services for the U.S. Navy. During our case, Ward Heinrichs always responded to my phone calls and many e-mails regarding the many problems we all faced with this case. We worked closely together to prove that California wage law applied to Pacific Eagle, even though the class of security guards worked on property controlled by the Navy. Pacific Eagle believed that only federal wage law applied to it. Without Mr. Heinrichs’ unwavering persistence and total command of the difficult issues in the case, we probably would never have received the money Pacific Eagle owed us. Mr. Heinrichs presented the case through facts obtained through vigorous research. After two years of litigation, Pacific Eagle finally agreed to pay $900,000.00 to settle the class action for unpaid wages, un-reimbursed expenses, penalties, etc. I received $15,000.00 for being one of the class representatives in addition to my share of the money that Pacific Eagle owed me and my fellow security guards. I am very grateful for the hard work and commitment.”        Jeffrey Walters


“Ward Heinrichs is professional and knows employment law. He is personable, always answers his phone and was available anytime I called. As a person in transition for the very first time in 25 years, he has helped me move forward without any regrets. I would recommend Mr. Heinrichs for any employment related dispute.”
JFM Temecula, Ca.


Employment Law Office of WARD HEINRICHS

4565 Ruffner St. Suite 207 San Diego 92111


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