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Jackson Lewis Continues to Expand San Francisco Roster with Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana S. Johnson

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 7, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Principals Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana S. Johnson have joined the firm’s San Francisco office.

"Shannon and Yana are exceptional attorneys who are well-known in the Bay Area for their extensive experience in complex cases, making them valuable additions to the San Francisco office,” said San Francisco Managing Principal Fraser A. McAlpine. “We have recently added several attorneys to our bench and we are thrilled Jackson Lewis is their choice firm to expand and strengthen their practice. We could not be happier to welcome Shannon and Yana to the team."

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi joins Jackson Lewis from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP where she represented employers through all stages of complex and individual litigation, from inception through trial, before U.S. federal and state courts, arbitration panels and administrative agencies. She has managed and defended class, collective and PAGA representative actions. Ms. Bettis Nakabayashi has successfully tried and/or arbitrated cases in California, Nevada and Washington relating to wage and hour misclassification, independent contractor misclassification, and FEHA/Title VII discrimination. 

In the area of preventive practice, Ms. Bettis Nakabayashi counseled employers from various industries on risk management and litigation prevention, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, local California ordinances and accommodation of employee disabilities. She also advised clients on employee disciplinary issues, discrimination and harassment complaints, and employee terminations. Ms. Bettis Nakabayashi earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

"Shannon is a highly skilled litigator with extensive trial experience, and she greatly complements our growing litigation team,” said General Employment Litigation Practice Group Leaders Nadine C. Abrahams and John M. Nolan. “Her background counseling employers in the technology, retail, financial services and healthcare industry sectors will greatly enhance the firm’s service capabilities for our national clientele.”

Yana S. Johnson joins the firm from Morrison & Foerster LLP where she focused her practice on employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She advises employers on a variety of compensation and benefits issues including health, welfare and retirement benefits, executive employment and separation agreements, equity and phantom equity awards, and other incentive compensation. Ms. Johnson also counsels clients on issues related to golden parachute payments and deferred compensation, COBRA, the Affordable Care Act and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. She is very experienced in handling compensation and benefits issues in various transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, financings, asset dispositions and spin-offs and for debtors undergoing bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Johnson earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

"We are very excited to welcome Yana to Jackson Lewis’ Employee Benefits Practice Group,” Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Leader of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group. “Her broad-based benefits background and deep experience with sophisticated benefits issues will make her an invaluable resource, not only for our west coast clients but also for our national clients."

The firm recently welcomed Principals Kathleen M. Hurly, Theresa Mak and D’Anne Gleicher to its San Francisco office.

Jackson Lewis’ San Francisco office can be reached at (415) 394-9400.


About Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis P.C. is a law firm with more than 850 attorneys in major cities nationwide serving clients across a wide range of practices and industries. Having built its reputation on providing premier workplace law representation to management, the firm has grown to include leading practices in the areas of government relations, healthcare and sports law. The firm’s commitment to client service, depth of expertise and innovation draws clients to Jackson Lewis for excellent value-driven legal advice.

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