Sean Tamura-Sato

Partner, Consumer and Employment Rights | 415-788-9000


Sean Tamura-Sato, a Partner at Minami Tamaki LLP, is with the firm’s Consumer and Employee Rights Group. He represents clients in complex business disputes, with an emphasis on employment law, business torts, breach of contract, and class actions. He has successfully tried employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases as first chair in federal court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Mr. Tamura has represented thousands of employees in individual and collective actions to recover unpaid wages. He has substantial experience representing low-wage and immigrant workers in actions combating wage theft and worker exploitation.

Mr. Tamura also advises entrepreneurs, executives, startup founders, and investors in matters involving employment contracts, executive compensation, shareholder & partnership disputes, trade secrets, media & technology, severance agreements, and strategic business decisions.

Mr. Tamura’s antitrust and consumer law practice involves prosecuting class actions across the country. He has been involved in some of the largest class action cases on behalf of consumers in the history of antitrust law, including In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.).

Mr. Tamura was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2013 through 2020. Fewer than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the region are named to this Rising Stars list. In 2018, Mr. Tamura was selected for inclusion in the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers list, which honors leading attorneys nationwide who have dedicated their practice to representing workers.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i, Mr. Tamura received his undergraduate degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Prior to attending law school, he worked in Washington, D.C. for United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka of Hawai’i, and in the United States Department of Transportation.

Mr. Tamura serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. He is also an active volunteer with the Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus employment clinic.

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  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2007
  • B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 2004


  • California, 2007
  • Hawai’i, 2008 (inactive)


  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Board of Directors