Eric Hayden

Eric Hayden is an associate at Hueston Hennigan LLP, where he specializes in complex civil litigation in state court, federal court, and arbitration. Mr. Hayden has represented public entities, large and small private companies, nonprofit organizations, and individuals. His litigation experience includes commercial and contract disputes, unfair competition, intellectual property (including trade secrets), fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, class actions, employment (including wage and hour), First Amendment and anti-SLAPP issues, privacy, section 1983 claims, the False Claims Act, and complex federal jurisdiction.

Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan LLP, Mr. Hayden was a litigation associate at Irell & Manella LLP in Newport Beach.


  • Obtained dismissal of trade secrets claims and related causes of action brought against a multinational pharmaceutical company by a competitor.
  • Defeated claims for class certification in wage and hour matters in both federal court and arbitration on behalf of multiple clients.
  • Successfully opposed multiple anti-SLAPP motions on behalf of clients, and extensively advised and litigated First Amendment issues.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of False Claims Act claims alleged to be worth tens of millions of dollars in action brought against a public entity.
  • Secured temporary followed by permanent injunctive relief on behalf of employees, faculty, and administrators who were victims of harassment and threats.
  • Represented public entities in 1983 claims, including obtaining dismissal with prejudice on standing and abstention grounds, that was affirmed on appeal by the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Obtained injunctive relief and stipulated judgment on behalf of employer for breaches of confidentiality agreement and theft of trade secrets by former employees.
  • Advised on employer policies, including non-solicitation and non-competition, termination and hiring, accommodation, harassment, leave provisions, and other wage and hour issues.
  • Successfully compelled arbitration in matters disputing enforceability of arbitration clauses.
  • Currently representing a staffing company in a case against an ousted CEO involving claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and non-compete covenants.

Eric Hayden

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The University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 2007) with Honors; Member, The University of Chicago Law Review

Loyola Marymount University, (B.A., Political Science, 2004) summa cum laude; Alpha Sigma Nu; Pi Sigma Alpha


State of California 2007

United States District Court Central District of California 2008

United States District Court Eastern District of California 2010

Untied States District Court South District of California 2010

United States District Court Northern District of California 2012