Shannon Nakabayashi represents employers through all stages of complex and individual litigation, from inception through trial, before US federal and state courts, arbitration panels, and administrative agencies. In the area of preventive practice, Shannon counsels technology, retail, financial services, and healthcare industry employers on risk management and litigation prevention, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, and accommodation of employee disabilities. She also advises clients on employee disciplinary issues, discrimination and harassment complaints, and employee terminations.
Shannon drafts and negotiates executive employment and separation agreements and conducts sexual harassment and discrimination training. When sensitive issues arise, Shannon conducts internal investigations and performs wage and hour audits under California law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Shannon lectures often on sexual harassment issues and compliance with state and federal leave, disability, and wage and hour laws. She authored several amicus briefs on employment issues before the California Supreme Court.
Shannon gives her time to the community by representing San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits that work to reduce hunger and provide affordable housing. She also serves on the San Francisco office’s Pro Bono Committee.
In law school, Shannon was an extern for Judge Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.
University of San Francisco School of Law, 2001, J.D.
University of California, Berkeley, 1995, B.A.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Districts of California
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Labor & Employment, Law360 (2017)
Finalist, The Recorder’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2013)
Comments Editor, University of San Francisco Law Review
Member, McAuliffe Honors Society
Recipient, CALI Award for Excellence, Legal Research and Writing
Recipient, CALI Award for Excellence, Constitutional Law