Sayaka Karitani is an associate in the firm’s Santa Monica office. Her practice encompasses various types of employment litigation, including discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and wage and hour class action lawsuits.  She also advises and counsels employers on personnel policies and procedures, employee handbooks, employee discipline matters, and wage and hour compliance. She has also defended clients in Federal and California courts, as well as before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, California Labor Commissioner, and the National Labor Relations Board.

Named by fellow members of State Bar as Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in Labor and Employment – 2014, 2015, and 2016 and Super Lawyers in Labor and Employment – 2017

Loyola Law School of Los Angeles Moot Court National Team Head Coach 2006-2010

Open Paths Counseling Center Board Member 2010-2012

Cornell Alumni Ambassadors Network Member 2005-present

Tax Breaks for Hiring Expire at Year End: HIRE Act exempts certain payroll taxes (webinar for Workplace HR & Safety), October 2010

“Are Restrictive Covenants Meaningful Protection or Not?,” Corporate Counsel, November 4, 2013 (co-author)
“Tax Breaks for Hiring Expire at Year End: HIRE Act exempts certain payroll taxes,” Workplace HR & Safety, October 26, 2010 (co-author)

“Non-Competes In California?: Only If You Know the Difference Between ‘Announcements’ and ‘Solicitation’,” Weston Benshoof Litigation Newsletter, Winter 2008

“Court Enforces Property Sale Despite Agent Forging Signatures,” Weston Benshoof Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2006

“Lessons From a California Discrimination and Harassment Case,” Workforce Magazine, February 23, 2010

Successfully co-chaired a four-day private arbitration of breach of contract, fraud-in-the-inducement, and promissory estoppel claims on behalf of a mortgage banker employer

Successfully second-chaired a trial of a wrongful termination in violation of public policy and national origin and age discrimination case to a jury in the Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of a community-based elementary school

Obtained several summary judgments involving disability, age, gender and/or race discrimination claims on behalf of defendant employers including a major oil company and a major wireless carrier

Successfully second-chaired a union grievance arbitration involving issues of employment termination in Northern California (a typically pro-union jurisdiction) on behalf of a national trucking company

Successfully defended before the California Labor Commissioner wage and hour claims including alleged missed meal and rest break, waiting time penalties, and overtime claims

Successfully defended a major manufacturing company in a DLSE investigation involving age discrimination and retaliation claims


Loyola Law School - Los Angeles, J.D. 2005

Cornell University, B.A. 1995



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

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals