Sean Tamura-Sato

Sean Tamura-Sato

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Minami Tamaki LLP
 | 360 Post Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-788-9000
Fax: 415-398-3887
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Consumer Law (10%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Civil Rights (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Lawyer representing clients in complex business disputes, with an emphasis on employment law, business torts, and class actions. Successfully tried cases as first chair in federal court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Advises entrepreneurs, executives, and startup founders in matters involving employment contracts, executive compensation, shareholder & partnership disputes, trade secrets, media & technology, severance agreements, and strategic business decisions.

    Substantial experience representing low-wage and immigrant workers in individual and collective actions to combat worker exploitation and wage theft.

    Litigates antitrust and consumer class actions on behalf of clients in high-stakes matters across the country.

    Licensed in California and Hawai'i (inactive).

    About Sean Tamura-Sato

    Admitted: 2007, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Listed in San Francisco Magazine on Top Attorneys in Northern California Rising Stars, published August 2018., Top Attorneys In Northern California Rising Stars, Top Attorneys , 2018
    • In 2018, Mr. Tamura was selected for inclusion in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers list, which honors leading attorneys nationwide who have dedicated their practice to representing workers. , 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers , Lawdragon , 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Legal Aid at Work - Board of Directors, 2019
    • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area - Board of Directors, 2019

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Legal Aid at Work - Workers' Rights Clinic, 2019
    • Korean American Bar Association of Northern California - Legal Clinic Volunteer, 2018
    • Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus:  Workers' Rights Clinic Volunteer Supervising Attorney, 2018


    • Counsel for Plaintiffs in VW "Clean Diesel" class action, $15 billiion settlement reached, 2016
    • Second-chaired four week trial in complex breach of contract matter, achieved full defense verdict for one client, 2014
    • Counsel for Plaintiffs in Transpacific Airlines antitrust litigation.  $75 million in proposed settlements to date.  Matter ongoing., 2019
    • Represented immigrant restaurant workers in action alleging minimum wage, overtime, meal period, and rest period violations.  Confidential settlement reached, 2018
    • Member of pre-trial team and lead associate for Court-appointed Liaison Counsel in TFT-LCD Antitrust Litigation, largest class action on behalf of consumers in antitrust history (Northern District of California), 2014
    • Counsel for Plaintiffs in Domestic Airlines Antitrust Litigation. $60 million in proposed settlements to date. Ongoing.  , 2019
    • Represented plaintiffs in Capacitors antitrust litigation.  $80 million in proposed settlements.  Matter ongoing, 2019
    • First chair attorney representing co-owner in automobile dealership in breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claim, matter settled confidentially during trial, 2017
    • Second-chair on two trial teams in litigation on behalf of minor against public entity alleging dangerous condition of public property, settlement reached during second trial, 2014
    • Counsel for Plaintiffs in O'Bannon v. NCAA - amateur athlete name and likeness litigation.  Plaintiffs prevailed at trial, 2015
    • Obtained unanimous verdict on behalf of plaintiff employee alleging wrongful termination in violation of public policy in federal court in Northern District of California.  $40,000 verdict obtained., 2015

    Representative Clients:

    • Defended hair salon employer against claims of labor violations, 2017
    • Defended advertising executive in trade secret litigation brought by international marketing firm (San Francisco Superior Court) , 2015
    • Counseled individual employees in addressing workplace issues and advising them of their legal rights, 2018
    • Member of litigation team representing high school student group in action challenging Educational Testing Service’s rules for Advanced Placement testing (Northern District of California), 2014
    • Drafted and revised human resources presentations regarding disability accommodation for corporate employers , 2014
    • Defended individual against claims of wiretapping in violation of California Penal Code, 2017
    • Advised college professors in addressing tenure issues with colleges and universities, 2018
    • Member of team overseeing consent decree in Abercrombie & Fitch employment matter, landmark class action co-counseled with EEOC , 2013
    • Represented whistleblower in civil and criminal antitrust cases involving price fixing of consumer goods , 2015
    • Representing former professional football players in NFL Concussion Settlement, 2019
    • Negotiated employment contracts and severance agreements for executive-level employees, 2018
    • Member of litigation teams in nationwide antitrust class actions involving consumer electronic components, international air travel and shipping services, and food & beverages in federal courts resulting in recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars for U.S. consumers, 2018
    • Member of litigation team in nationwide class action seeking injunctive relief to reform concussion protocols for FIFA, U.S. Soccer Federation, AYSO, and other U.S. soccer organizations , 2015
    • Advised technology, education, and consulting companies on workplace policies/practices and handling personnel decisions. Provided assessment of potential exposure for claims, 2016
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    Office Location for Sean Tamura-Sato

    360 Post Street
    8th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94108

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    Last Updated: 4/6/2020

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