Supreeta Sampath

Top rated employment litigation attorney in San Francisco, California

The Sampath Law Firm
Supreeta Sampath
The Sampath Law Firm

Practice Areas: Employment litigation, Employment & labor; view more

Licensed in California since: 2004

Education: Northeastern University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

The Sampath Law Firm

351 California St
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104 Visit website


Supreeta Sampath is the principal of The Sampath Law Firm based in San Francisco, California. She practices in the field of employment law, exclusively representing employees in cases involving:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Wrongful termination
  • Employment or severance agreements
  • Protected medical leave violations

Admitted to practice in 2004, Ms. Sampath is authorized to appear before the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th circuit and the U.S. District Courts for Southern, Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California.

Practicing law for almost two decades now, Ms. Sampath initially worked as the director of the Legal Aid Association of California. During this tenure, she worked alongside nonprofit organizations and other legal associations to ensure that common people can access the provisions of law. She has since served as an interim staff attorney and in multiple positions of responsibility at various firms across California.

Through her legal career, Ms. Sampath has gained experience as a resolute litigator and strategic mediator who puts her clients’ priorities before anything else. She was on the Executive Board of the California Employment Lawyers Association and the president of the Foundation for Advocacy, Inclusion and Resources. She currently serves on the board of directors at Legal Aid at Work. She is actively involved in community work and volunteering and firmly believes in contributing to society. 

Ms. Sampath completed her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from Northeastern University - School of Law, Boston, with a doctorate in jurisprudence. Soon after, she interned for the Honorable Judge, Thelton E. Henderson at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and served as a clerk at The Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Center in San Francisco. 

Committed to protecting the rights of employees, Ms. Sampath dedicates her efforts to seeking justice for those who are wronged. She understands the pain and stress that a person goes through when they are ill-treated at the workplace or unjustly denied access to livelihood. She is rated 10/10 on Avvo and was named a Rising Star in the field of labor and employment by the Los Angeles Lawyers Magazine from 2011 to 2013 through peer review.

Practice areas

Employment litigation: plaintiff, Employment & labor: employee

Focus areas

Employment discrimination, Wrongful termination, Retaliation, Employment law - employee, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment

  • 90% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Employment & labor: employee

First Admitted: 2004, California

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California
  • State Bar of California, Pathways to Justice Planning Committee (2004-2005)
  • State Bar Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (2003-2005)
  • LACBA Labor and Employment Law Section Membership Committee (2007-2013)
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Member (2007-2013)
  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (2002-2005; 2014-present)
  • SABA-SC, Public Interest Foundation, Board Member (2009-2010)
  • SABA-SC, Board Member (2011-2012)
  • South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC), Member (2005-2013)
  • Foundation for Advocacy Inclusion and Resources (2009-present), Past Vice-President (2014-2016); Past President (2016-2018) 
  • CELA Member (2006-present)
  • CELA Education Committee (2020-)
  • CELA Diversity Committee, Past Co-Chair (2011- present)
  • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Board Member (2012-2018)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • California Court of Appeals
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section) South Asian Bar Association - Southern Ca. California Employment Lawyers Association
  • Salinda v. DIRECTV LLC (BC 475499; Los Angeles Superior Court)
  • Wason v. AIG, 2010 WL 1881067 (S.D. Cal.)(2010)
  • Selected by Los Angeles Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in the field of Labor and Employment, 2011-2013
  • Super Lawyer in Southern (2014) and Northern California (2015-2022)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Asian Law Caucus, Employment Rights Clinic, Volunteer (2003-2004)
  • Legal Aid At Work, Worker's Right Clinic, Volunteer (1999-2000; 2014-present)
  • Legal Aid at Work, Board Member (2020-)
Educational Background:
  • University of California, Berkeley, 1996
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • This article discusses federal and state judicial approaches to evaluating the admissibility of evidence of acts of discrimination against other employees or by "other" supervisors, (often called "me too" evidence).  The article highlights The California decision, Johnson v United Cerebral Palsy/Spastic Children's Foundation of Los Angeles (2009) 173 CA4th 740, which provides analytical guideposts for practitioners and judges.  In Johnson, The Second District Court of Appeal directed trial courts to admit such evidence where the "factual scenarios related by former [or presumably current] employees of the defendant ... are sufficiently similar to the one presented by the plaintiff concerning her own discharge by defendant.", Co-author, Context Matters: Examining the Admissibility of Other Employee/Other Supervisor, or Me too, Evidence in FEHA Discrimination Cases, California Employment Lawyers Association, 2009

Office location for Supreeta Sampath

351 California St
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-231-5855


10 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

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