Sander van der Heide

Sacramento Office
(916) 361-0991
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Toughest Job? Hands-down, being a parent.

If I Wasn't A Lawyer, I'd Be: A puzzle master.

Favorite Quote? "Be good, do good, and learn a lot."

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About Sander

Sander van der Heide represents employers of all sizes in a broad range of employment law matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and other labor and employment-related claims. In particular, he focuses on complex, high-stakes wage and hour and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) litigation.  

As an experienced trial counsel, he has successfully represented clients through trial and appeals. His trial experience informs his practical, pragmatic, and strategic counsel to clients.  He has represented employers before the state and federal courts in California, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Department of Labor, the United States Equal Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.   

In addition to litigation, van der Heide also provides preventative advice and counsel on best employment practices.  He counsels clients on employment policies, procedures, and practices to mitigate litigation risk and ensure compliance with ever-changing California employment laws.

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University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009

  • Witkin Award: Top Student in Trial Advocacy I
  • CALI Award: Top Student in Civil Litigation Concentration Seminar
  • Hastings Comm. & Ent. L.J.: 2L Member, 3L Articles Editor

Saint Mary's College of California, B.A., summa cum laude, Major: Politics, Double Minor: History and Justice & Community, 2006

Written Opinions

Van v. Language Line Services, Inc. (April 30, 2018) 733 Fed.Appx. 349

Van v. Language Line Solutions (Jan. 24, 2017) 8 Cal.App.5th 73


"California Fair Pay Act And Related Requirements – What California Employers Should Know," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, April 2023

"Setting Sail for PAGA Litigation After Viking River," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar, July 2022

"Trouble in Paradise? Challenges to the PAGA Paradigm and What They Mean for California Employers," Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar, April 2022

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Listed, Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch, Litigation - Labor and Employment Law, Sacramento, 2023


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