Over three decades of experience advising employers on all aspects of employment 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:
CLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES, COMPENSATION & CONTRACT COMPLIANCE
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
EMPLOYER POLICIES, PRACTICES & PROCEDURES
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
Severance agreements and releases
Reductions in force and WARN
Unfair competition avoidance and trade secret protection
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMPLIANCE
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.