Lisa C. Hamasaki

Lisa Hamasaki California Labor and Employment Law Ogletree Deakins
Office Managing Shareholder
Organization Profile
Professional Biography

Lisa is a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office.  She has devoted her 20+ year career to representing employers in labor and employment law matters throughout California and has extensive experience defending and advising companies with regard to all aspects of California and federal employment law.

Lisa is an experienced litigator who regularly defends employers in state and federal courts, arbitration, and before administrative agencies in matters spanning nearly all facets of California employment law with a particular focus on claims involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, disability accommodation, leave of absence issues, defamation, wrongful termination and wage and hour claims.  She takes a highly strategic and thorough approach to defending clients in litigation and has led the defense of many employment lawsuits across numerous industries.  Her high percentage of summary judgement wins speaks to both her skill and experience.

In addition to her litigation practice, Lisa also devotes a significant part of her practice to advising corporate clients on employment law, managing employee disputes and handling day-to-day employee issues.  She provides practical, business savvy advice and counsel regarding wage and hour issues, leaves of absence, accommodation of disabilities, preparation and implementation of employment policies, advice on employee hiring, discipline and separations, and managing and/or conducting workplace investigations.  Lisa also routinely conducts training for clients on issues including harassment and abusive conduct, managerial skills and responsibilities, and disability accommodation and leaves of absence.  She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and events across the country.

Lisa’s clients value her focus on and awareness of the realities of running a business when defending litigation and advising on workplace issues.  Whether in litigation, advising employers in their dealings with problem employees, or creating company policies, she is an ally and asset to her clients.  Lisa has also been selected for the Northern California Super Lawyers every year since 2012.

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