Solve your legal issues to avoid litigation.

Allen will help you:

  • Protect your business
  • Navigate employment law
  • Solve your legal issues before litigation

Get the conversation started today.

2555 Ocean Avenue, Suite 202
San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 584-1624


Over three decades of experience advising employers on all aspects of employment law

Allen Kato, Attorney at law

Allen Kato is the perfect partner for human resources managers and business owners. He provides lawful options and solutions to achieve business goals, with over 30 years of experience counseling management and litigating their employment cases (both individual and class actions) before courts and agencies.




A wealth of legal experience at a reasonable rate

Allen was an attorney in the employment group at Fenwick and West for over 13 years, and before that 15 years with Schachter, Kristoff, Orenstein & Berkowitz, an employment law boutique. 

Now, as owner of his own law practice, he provides this wealth of legal experience to employers at a reasonable rate. Please call or email for a quote. Allen’s practice qualifies as a minority and veteran owned business enterprise.




Obtain employment law advice

Allen’s specialties include advising management on:


  • Employment versus independent contractor classification

  • Wage and hour compliance including employee exempt status, overtime, and meal and rest breaks

  • Sales commission, bonus and incentive compensation plans and agreements

  • Employment contracts, and offer letter agreements


  • Leaves of absence compliance including FMLA, pregnancy disability, and military leave

  • Privacy including drug testing and monitoring employee activities

  • Employee handbook and policies – drafting, legal review and audits

  • Wrongful termination avoidance

    • Performance management

    • Severance agreements and releases

    • Reductions in force and WARN

  • Unfair competition avoidance and trade secret protection


  • Discrimination avoidance and affirmative action

  • Management training including sexual harassment avoidance

  • Investigations including whistleblower and harassment complaints



Education & Bar Membership

A foundation of credentials

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1982

B.A., History and Rhetoric, University of California, Davis, 1974

Member of: the State Bar of California since 1982; the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and various federal district courts in California and Arizona.




Satisfied clients over the years

A list of representative clients

  • Technology: ActiveVideo; Energous; eSilicon; FiveStars; Jam City; Sage Intaact; Synopsys

  • Finance: Bank of Communications; Hercules Capital

  • Health: Agathos; Grand Rounds

  • Other: Chinatown Community Development Center; Yerdle



Legal & Community Involvement

A heart to serve the community

Trains managers and human resources professionals on a regular basis.  

Served as a court-appointed neutral for the Santa Clara Superior Court in employment litigation cases.

Serving on the board of directors of Cameron House Foundation, a San Francisco nonprofit that funds Cameron House programs aiding youth and victims of domestic violence. 

Served as Legal Counsel for the Japanese American Citizens League, a national civil rights organization.




Solve your employment law issues today

(415) 584-1624; (415) 230-4266

2555 Ocean Avenue, Suite 202, San Francisco, CA 94132