Brian K. Nagatani

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Co-Founder & Partner
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Brian K. Nagatani co-founded Hixson Nagatani LLP with his long-time colleague Ray Hixson in 2008.

Mr. Nagatani has an active counseling and litigation practice.  He provides preventive counseling to employers on a number of employment-related issues including terminations, hiring, and leaves of absence.

Mr. Nagatani has defended court lawsuits involving numerous claims including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, fraud, and breach of contract.  He also has experience defending both single plaintiff and class action lawsuits involving alleged wage and hour violations.  He has experience handling claims before the EEOC, DFEH, EDD, and other administrative and governmental agencies.

Mr. Nagatani has presented legal seminars sponsored by various organizations including the Northern California Human Resources Association, Practising Law Institute, and CEB, and also frequently conducts on-site legal compliance training sessions for clients.  He has also been quoted by the Associated Press on multiple occasions regarding various employment law topics.

Prior Experience
Mr. Nagatani has practiced employment law in the Silicon Valley since graduating from law school, first with Fenwick & West from 2000 through 2005, and then with Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group from 2005 through 2008.  During this time, he has represented numerous technology companies and defended lawsuits in courts throughout the state and country.

Educational Background
Mr. Nagatani graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 2000.  While at Columbia, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor for the Journal of Asian Law.  Prior to law school, Mr. Nagatani attended the University of California at Berkeley as an Alumni Leader Scholar where he earned a B.A. degree with Honors in Political Science in 1997.

Community Service
Mr. Nagatani coached the Cupertino High School mock trial team for 15 years.  He also previously served as a Board Member of San Jose Japanese Community Youth Service, a non-profit organization designed to provide children with the opportunity to learn and develop skills in dance and individual and team sports and to learn the fundamentals for good sportsmanship.

The 2021 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, published by Law & Politics, recognized, Mr. Nagatani as a “Super Lawyer” in Northern California in employment and labor law.  This honor is limited to those evaluated to be within the top 5% of lawyers practicing in the jurisdiction.  The magazine evaluates attorneys based on a variety of criteria, including verdicts, settlements, transactions, representative clients, experience, honors and awards, scholarly lectures and writings, education, employment background, and other achievements.  Mr. Nagatani received the same Super Lawyer recognition in 2020 and prior to that, was a “Rising Star” from 2009-2015.

Mr. Nagatani has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell peer rating, “AV” preeminent (5.0 out of 5.0).  Martindale-Hubbell describes this as “a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.”

Bar Admission

State Bar of California; Santa Clara County Bar Association.

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“I have known Brian for over 3 years. I am extremely pleased with the responsiveness and high quality of service I received from him every time I needed help. Brian makes a complex employment challenge look so easy. I thoroughly enjoy working with Brian, his partners and taking their very educational labor law seminars with my staff. I have the highest regard for his work ethic, intelligence and character.”

Ilge Karancak, CFO at Medialocate

“Brian is an extremely knowledgeable and reliable employment attorney. His work and counsel have been impeccable for every issue I have contacted him about. He responds to emails and voicemails quickly regardless of whether he’s in the office or traveling. A trait I find to be crucial when in need of legal counsel.”

Kate Stemplinger, Human Resources Director at iD Tech Camps

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Recent Speaking Engagements

Recent Speaking Engagements – Brian

1/17/24—Webinar: 2024 California Employment Law Update

11/15/23—Webinar: Changes California Employers Need to Make by January 1, 2024

10/18/23—Webinar: The Time is NOW to Update Commission Plans for 2024

6/22/23—Webinar: 2023 Mid-Year California Employment Law Update

3/30/23—Webinar:  Severance Agreements Legal Update

1/12/23—Webinar:  2023 California Employment Law Update

8/9/22—Webinar: Summer 2022 California Employment Law Update

1/12/22—Webinar: 2022 California Employment Law Update

11/16/21—Webinar: Changes California Employers Need to Make by January 1, 2022

6/18/21—Webinar: 2021 Mid-Year California Employment Law Update

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