Derek Ishikawa is an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He represents and counsels employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, as well as trade secret, breach of contract and employment-related tort claims. Derek represents employers from a wide variety of industries, including hospitality, food and beverage, banking and finance, retail, higher education and information technology. Derek also represents employers before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. He also regularly counsels colleges and universities on employment matters, as well as student affairs, risk-management, and compliance issues, including Title IX.

Prior to joining Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, Derek defended consumer and wage-and-hour class action litigation at a mid-size international firm.

2016-2019: Named by fellow members of State Bar as Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in Labor and Employment

Board of Governors, Asian Pacific American Bar Association for Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Japanese American Bar Association

Public Counsel, Immigrants’ Rights Project (obtained asylum for Syrian couple)

National Association of College and University Attorneys (member)

The Journal of College and University Law, Editorial Board Member

Won unanimous defense jury verdict in Los Angeles Superior Court in age- and disability-discrimination lawsuit

Won bench trial verdict in Los Angeles Superior Court in breach-of-contract lawsuit

Won unanimous award on behalf of employer against two former employees in trade secret misappropriation/breach of contract action before FINRA arbitration panel

Successfully obtained dismissal of putative class claims in state court following successful motion to compel class representative to arbitration on individual basis

On behalf of a university, obtained summary adjudication of former worker’s claims of disability-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and defamation


J.D., M.P.P., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2009; Co-Chief Managing Editor, Asian Pacific American Law Journal

M.Sc., London School of Economics, 2005

B.A., Pomona College, 2001


Judicial Extern to the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California



U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit