Brian K. Nagatani

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 is in his 14th year of coaching the mock trial team at Cupertino High School.  He is also 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.


From 2009-2015, Law & Politics, the editor of the Super Lawyers magazine, named Mr. Nagatani as a “Rising Star” in Labor and Employment for Northern California. Attorneys who are under 40 years of age, or who have been practicing 10 years or less are eligible, and selection is limited to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the geographic area, based upon a detailed evaluation by the publication’s research team.

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.

“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.”

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Recent Speaking Engagements

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

1/22/21—Webinar: 2021 California Employment Law Update

6/24/20—Webinar: 2020 Mid-Year California Employment Law Update

3/27/20—Webinar: COVID-19 Employment Law Update

2/5/20—2020 California Employment Law Update (Anaheim)

1/29/20—2020 California Employment Law Update (San Diego)

1/21/20—2020 California Employment Law Update (San Francisco)

1/16/20—2020 California Employment Law Update (Santa Clara)

6/27/19—2019 Mid-Year California Employment Law Update (San Francisco)

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