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

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.


  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch - Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2021-2022)
  • Northern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers (2015-2021)
  • Laurie Miller Award for Public Service, ABA Section of Litigation (2018) 

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Elimination of Bias Committee, San Francisco Superior Court (2021)
  • Member, Advisory Board, UC Hastings Center for Litigation and Courts (2021)
  • President, Barristers Club, Bar Association of San Francisco (2020)
  • President, UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association Board of Governors (2019-2020)
  • Director, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (2016-present)
  • 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)
  • San Francisco Leadership Team, Judicial Intern Opportunity Program

Firm Highlights


Kelly Matayoshi Joins UC Hastings Law Center for Litigation and Courts Advisory Board

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partner Kelly Matayoshi has joined the five-member advisory board for the UC Hastings Law Center for Litigation and Courts .  The nonpartisan Center for Litigation...

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51 Farella Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Forty-six Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © .  Five Farella lawyers were named to Best Lawyers: Ones to...

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Kelly Matayoshi Appointed to San Francisco Superior Court Elimination of Bias Committee

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New Restrictions on Sales and Delivery of E-Cigarettes and Vaping Products

The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act substantially and materially alters how companies sell and ship e-cigarettes and tobacco and cannabis vaping products and components.  The act was signed into law on...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named to 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirty-seven Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2021. 2021 Farella Northern California Super Lawyers: George Argyris – Estate...

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The FASTER Act: What Companies Need To Know About the New Food Allergy Law

While the Food Allergy Safety, Treatment, Education, and Research Act (FASTER Act) only makes a minor change to add sesame as a major food allergen, it signals the government’s intent to closely examine food...

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