Alexandra Heifetz

Managing Associate

San Francisco

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Alexandra Heifetz is a Managing Associate in the Labor & Employment Group and is based in the San Francisco office.

Prior to joining Orrick, Alexandra clerked for the Honorable William B. Shubb in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. Text

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“Judges Are Appointed For Life, Not For Eternity”: SCOTUS Rules That Judge’s Vote in Equal Pay Case Does Not Count Due To Judge’s Passing

In April 2018, an en banc Ninth Circuit held in Rizo v. Yovino that an employer cannot justify a wage differential between male and female employees under the Equal Pay Act by relying on prior salary. Before the Ninth Circuit published its decision, though, Judge Stephen Reinhardt passed away. On February 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Ninth Circuit’s decision, reasoning that the appellate court should not have counted Reinhardt’s vote because he passed away before the decision was issued. Instead, the Ninth Circuit should not have released the opinion. READ MORE