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Derek K. Ishikawa

Associate

Derek Ishikawa is an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He represents and counsels employers in all areas of labor and employment law, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the California Labor Code, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal statutes.  Derek represents employers from a wide variety of industries, including hospitality, food and beverage, banking and finance, retail, higher education and information technology. Derek also represents employers before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. He also counsels colleges and universities on employment matters as well as student and academic issues.

Prior to joining Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, Derek defended consumer and wage-and-hour class action litigation at a mid-size international firm. 
 

Representative Matters

  • Won unanimous defense jury verdict in Los Angeles Superior Court in age- and disability-discrimination lawsuit
  • Won unanimous award on behalf of employer against two former employees in trade secret misappropriation/breach of contract action before FINRA arbitration panel
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of putative class claims in state court following successful motion to compel class representative to arbitration on individual basis 
  • On behalf of a university, obtained summary adjudication of former worker’s claims of disability-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and defamation

Other Distinctions

Judicial Extern to the Honorable Dean D. Pregerson, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Journals
Co-Chief Managing Editor, Asian Pacific American Law Journal

Named by fellow members of State Bar as Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in Labor and Employment

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Board of Governors, Asian Pacific American Bar Association for Los Angeles County
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Japanese American Bar Association
  • Public Counsel, Immigrants' Rights Project (obtained asylum for Syrian couple)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (member)
  • The Journal of College and University Law, Editorial Board Member

Representative Public Presentations and Articles

Derek K. Ishikawa
Office: Southern California
Phone: 310-255-0705
Fax: 310-255-0986
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Education

  • B.A. - Pomona College - 2001
  • MSc - London School of Economics - 2005
  • J.D./M.P.P. - University of California, Los Angeles School of Law - 2009

Bar/Court Admissions

California

U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit