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Kelly M. Matayoshi

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Kelly Matayoshi is an associate in Farella Braun + Martel’s Employment and Business Litigation Groups.


In her employment practice, Ms. Matayoshi has successfully represented employers in state and federal court, including wrongful termination and class action wage and hour disputes. She has represented employers in the transportation and sales industries with issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and California Labor Code, including exemptions, split shift, meal and rest breaks, overtime, vacation, wage statements, deductions and commissions. Her experience includes defending employers before the EEOC, DFEH and DLSE. She also provides day-to-day counseling to employers on a variety of pressing issues, including employee exemption classification.


Ms. Matayoshi’s business litigation practice focuses on complex civil litigation matters. She represents local and international companies on a wide range of issues, including resolving contract disputes, products liability claims and subrogation defense. She has extensive experience handling all aspects of discovery, as well as settling claims favorably for her clients.


Ms. Matayoshi serves on several boards, including the board of directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Club, the UC Hastings Board of Governors and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. She was accepted to the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Young Lawyer Leadership Program for 2015-2017, and serves on the San Francisco Leadership Team for the Section’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program.


Since 2015, Ms. Matayoshi has been listed among the Northern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers for employment law.


During law school, she served as an extern for Judge Edward Chen of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and as an intern for Judge Leslie Kobayashi of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.