Sean Tamura-Sato is the Managing Partner at Minami Tamaki LLP and also leads 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 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 employment clients include restaurants, technology startups, non-profit organizations, medical groups, retailers, and a wide range of businesses in the personal services industry.
Mr. Tamura has also 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’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 in 2021 and 2022 and a Rising Star from 2013 through 2020. The Super Lawyers list recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. Mr. Tamura has also been recognized from 2019 to 2022 by 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.
Mr. Tamura serves on the Boards of Directors of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and the San Francisco Japantown Foundation. He is also on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Legal Aid at Work.
- 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)
- Legal Aid at Work, Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member
- Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Board of Directors
- San Francisco Japantown Foundation, Board of Directors