Donn Taketa

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Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Westlake Village, CA

Taketa Villasenor LLP
 | 2629 Townsgate Road, Suite 250
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Phone: 818-851-7087
Fax: 818-889-4497
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (60%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Utilities (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Donn Taketa is a partner at Taketa | Villasenor LLP in Westlake Village, California. Mr. Taketa practices employment law, handling cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment and more. He represents employees and employers throughout Ventura County and the Los Angeles metropolitan area in both individual and class action lawsuits.

    Admitted to practice law since 1987, Mr. Taketa has been involved in many significant cases over the course of his career. In 2009, he obtained an $8.5 million court-approved class action settlement in a case involving an employer who failed to pay construction workers for time worked including administrative, setup and travel. The class was made up of more than 3,000 commercial construction installers located in Northern, Central and Southern California.

    Mr. Taketa practices in both state and federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles and later graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an Associate and Articles Editor of U.Penn Law Review. Following law school, Mr. Taketa served in a variety of legal roles, including working as counsel in the area of corporate litigation for large private corporations. He also handled commercial litigation matters for a private New York-based firm.

    Mr. Taketa is involved in several local organizations including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Ventura County Bar Association and The State Bar of California. He also belongs to the national organizations the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 20%Real Estate: Business
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Utilities
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Landlord/Tenant, Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2004

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    About Donn Taketa

    Admitted: 1987, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
    • Strathmore's Who's Who
    • Southern California's Super Lawyers, 2004
    • Certificate of Appreciation, Ventura County Superior Court, 2002
    • Leadership in Occupation, Strathmore's Who Who, 2004

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Member Minority Counsel Program by American Bar Association
    • Certified Minority Counsel by California Public Utilities Commission

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Association for Justice
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
    • American Bar Association
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • Ventura County Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
    • Consumer Attorneys of California
    • State Bar of California
    • California, 1987
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
    • Ventura County Asian American Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Associate Editor and Articles Editor


    • Barham, et al. v. SCE, 74 Cal.App.4th 744 (1999) (published opinion affirming GTE's inverse condemnation recovery against Edison for damage caused by an electrical fire)., 1999
    • Gomez, Rodriguez v. Mi Pueblo San Jose, Inc.  Represented over 1,000 supermarket workers who received a $650,000 settlement in claims involving alleged unlawful paycheck deductions., 2009
    • Beale, et al. v. GTE California Inc., 999 F. Supp. 1312 (CD Cal. 1996) (granting defense summary judgment motion dismissing employment class action claims)., 1996
    • Gutierrez, et al. v. Schmid Insulation Contractors.  Worked as co-counsel with the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, and the Feinberg, Jackson firm, to obtain an $ 8.5 million settlement shared with over 1,000 construction workers who alleged they were forced to work off the clock.  , 2009
    • Attia v. GTE California Inc., 2002 WL 2017171 (affirming defense jury verdict dismissing wrongful termination claim and alleged unlawful discrimination)., 2002
    • Rathje v. SCE, Time Warner NY Cable LLC.  After jury trial verdict affirmed on appeal, we recovered almost $4 million dollars in damages, interest, and fees, based on a complaint filed on behalf of a Ventura County family against Southern California Edison Company and Time Warner NY Cable LLC due to an electrical fire. , 2016

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., Cum Laude, Honors: With Departmental Honors, 1984

    Industry Groups

    • Business Litigation
    • Employment
    • Wage And Hour
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    2629 Townsgate Road
    Suite 250
    Westlake Village, CA 91361

    Phone: 818-851-7087

    Fax: 818-889-4497

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