Lisa P. Mak is an Associate in Minami Tamaki’s Consumer and Employee Rights Group. She is passionate about protecting the rights of consumers and employees as individuals and in class actions.
Ms. Mak’s practice includes employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, defamation, contract claims, and labor code violations. She is experienced in litigation, from pre-litigation negotiations to trials and appeals. Ms. Mak also advises employees on employment contracts and severance agreements.
She has served as trial counsel in multiple trials involving a wide variety of employment disputes in state and federal court. In 2016, she was co-lead counsel on a five-week jury trial which resulted in a $3.5 million total verdict for four female officers at the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Prior to joining Minami Tamaki, Ms. Mak worked at prominent plaintiffs’ employment law and civil rights firms in San Francisco, where she served on trial teams for high-profile discrimination and retaliation cases.
Ms. Mak was selected in 2015 and 2016 as a Super Lawyers Rising Star, an honor awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state.
Ms. Mak graduated from UC San Diego summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and received her law degree from UC Hastings. During law school, she externed for an Administrative Law Judge in the U.S. Department of Labor and worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for WorkLife Law. Ms. Mak also served as a Clinic Counselor at the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center, an experience which solidified her interest in representing employees from all backgrounds.
Ms. Mak is deeply committed to community service and diversity issues. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian American Bar Association and for the non-profit Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach. She is an active volunteer at the Asian Law Caucus employment clinic.
Ms. Mak serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity Outreach Committee of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), which seeks to address diversity issues through scholarships and educational programs. She writes for the CELA Voice, a blog about legal issues affecting California employees.
Ms. Mak is also a state-certified domestic violence counselor. She is fluent in Cantonese and conversant in French.