Biography

Kelly Matayoshi represents a broad range of local and international companies to thoughtfully handle their complex business and employment litigation needs.

In her business litigation practice, Kelly focuses on products liability, contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business disputes. She has a deep understanding of the consumer products industry, having many clients in this space. Kelly is national coordinating counsel for a flexible gas tubing manufacturer, where she 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 counseled clients through countless single plaintiff lawsuits, and aggressively defends them while always seeking opportunities to resolve them to her client’s benefit. 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.

She currently serves as the firm’s Hiring Partner.

Distinctions

  • 2022 Diversity Award, Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2021 Outstanding Barristers Award, Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • 2021 Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award, Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch - Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2021-2023)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Business Litigation (2015-2023)
  • Laurie Miller Award for Public Service, ABA Section of Litigation (2018) 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Managing Director (2023-2024), Managing Director Designate (2022-2023), Section of Litigation, American Bar Association
  • Member, UC Hastings Foundation Board of Trustees (2022)
  • Member, Elimination of Bias Committee, San Francisco Superior Court (2021-Present)
  • Member, Advisory Board, UC Hastings Center for Litigation and Courts (2021-Present)
  • President, Barristers Club, Bar Association of San Francisco (2020)
  • President, UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association Board of Governors (2019-2020)
  • President-Elect (2024), Director (2016-2023), Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Committee Member, Membership & Marketing, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2020-present)
  • Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Committee, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association (2017-2019)
  • Co-Chair, Section of Litigation ABA Annual Meeting (2019)
  • Member, San Francisco Leadership Team, Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, American Bar Association
  • Member, Young Lawyer Leadership Program, American Bar Association

Firm Highlights

News

Housing Action Coalition and Farella Braun + Martel File Lawsuit Challenging the City of San Mateo’s Housing Element

Today, the Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella Braun + Martel LLP filed a lawsuit against the City of San Mateo, challenging its recently adopted Housing Element in order to make the city comply with...

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City of San Mateo Sued by Nonprofit Over New Housing Plan

Tom Mayhew spoke to CBS News about the lawsuit filed by Housing Action Coalition (HAC) and Farella against the City of San Mateo. The lawsuit challenges the city's recently adopted Housing Element in order to...

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Publication

No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

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Event

Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

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Publication

REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

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News

Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in the Law360 Real Estate Authority article "Special-Servicer Work Heats Up, Revealing CMBS Tensions." In the article, Gary noted that there is usually...

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REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

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News

San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit.

Farella's Tom Mayhew, CJ Higley, Daniel Contreras, Vanessa Ing, and Alyssa Netto were mentioned in the Daily Journal article "San Mateo signed off on its housing element this week. It's already facing a lawsuit."...

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Event

21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

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Publication

A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

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