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.


  • Laurie Miller Award for Public Service, ABA Section of Litigation (2018) 
  • Northern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers (2015-2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in the area of Commercial Litigation; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2021)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • 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 (2016-2019)
  • 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