Biography

Kelly Matayoshi represents a broad range of local and international companies on a wide range of issues, including resolving contract disputes, products liability claims, and subrogation defense. In her business litigation practice, Kelly specializes in products liability. She is national coordinating counsel for a flexible gas tubing manufacturer, where Kelly handles every aspect of litigation, beginning with the notice letter that originates the case, through fact-gathering, working with experts, discovery, motion practice, negotiation, and settlement or trial.

Kelly also has extensive employment experience, effectively representing employers in state and federal court as well as numerous agencies on a range of causes of action including wrongful termination and class action wage and hour disputes. She has represented employers in the transportation and sales industries concerning issues arising under a variety of employment statutes and regulations such as exemptions, split shifts, meal and rest breaks, overtime, vacation, wage statements, deductions, and commissions.

Kelly is particularly gifted at building the relationships that make her an efficient practitioner, and in working cooperatively with all the parties to a dispute to uncover a mutually acceptable solution. She is the exact opposite of a scorched-earth litigator – she seeks, and usually finds, the consensus that brings disputes to swift, equitable, and favorable conclusions.

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 represented a pro bono client before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the Hastings Appellate Project.

Distinctions

  • Laurie Miller Award for Public Service, ABA Section of Litigation (2018) 
  • Northern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Asian-American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area,
  • President-elect of the San Francisco Bar Association Barrister’s Club
  • UC Hastings Board of Governors
  • Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Labor and Employment Committee
  • San Francisco Leadership Team for the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

Firm Highlights

Publication

Insurance for the Cannabis Industry Program Takeaways

I recently moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco Insurance Section program co-sponsored with the Cannabis Law Section. The program highlighted recent changes to local insurance requirements and market availability of coverage for cannabis...

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Cannabis Companies and the California Consumer Privacy Act

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Keeping Tabs on Energy Efficiency – New Benchmarking Requirements for San Francisco

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News

Aviva Gilbert Selected as 2019 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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Event

Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West: The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends

Jessica Nall will speak at the Bloomberg Law In-House Forum West program, "The Trigger: Internal Investigation Trends." For companies that are rapidly evolving, becoming more digital and global, staying aware of developments that may...

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Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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California's Bold Step Forward Into the Contentious World of Wetlands Regulation

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2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges: Aggregate Litigation in State Courts - Preserving Vital Mechanisms

At the Pound Civil Justice Institute's 2019 Forum for State Appellate Court Judges, Jim Bruen will discuss recent impediments to aggregate litigation implemented on the federal level, emerging trends in aggregate litigation in the United States,...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2019 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , Stephanie P. Skaff and Roderick M. Thompson have been named IP Stars by Managing...

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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