Sayaka Karitani

Of Counsel
Los Angeles

P 213-630-8201 F 213-689-0430


Sayaka Karitani


Sayaka Karitani is of counsel in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on advice and counsel in labor and employment law. Sayaka is a member of the California Advice and Counsel resource group.

Sayaka counsels employers on a variety of employment of issues, including wage and hour, background checks, on-boarding and terminations, independent contractors, workplace investigations, workplace violence, leave of absences, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, and litigation avoidance.

Sayaka strongly believes in working with her clients to create, implement, and maintain compliant employment policies and practices that are workable in the real world for their industry and unique business needs. Prior to law school, she worked in manufacturing and sales for a major pharmaceutical company and as a consultant for a national health and welfare benefits company. Those experiences help shape the way she works with clients to find practical solutions for their business operations in the everchanging landscape of California employment laws.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Sayaka focused her practice in California and federal wage and hour litigation and counseling. Sayaka has experience representing employers in a wide range of employment matters, including wrongful termination, wage and hour class, collective, and representative actions, sexual harassment, breach of employment contract, and other employment related torts. Sayaka has litigated and arbitrated a number of matters through verdict.

While attending law school, Sayaka was a member of a competitive national moot court team, a participant of the District Attorney Trial Advocacy program, and an articles editor of the Loyola Law School of Los Angeles Law Review. After graduating, she coached a number of competitive moot court teams for several years.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National Employment Law Council

Published Works

  • “USA Regional Employment Guide” California Section, Chambers and Partners (2018, 2019) [Co-Author]
  • “Quote No More,” LA Lawyer (May 2019) [Co-Author]
  • “Are Restrictive Covenants Meaningful Protections or Not?” Corporate Counsel (November 2013) [Co-Author]
  • “Tax Breaks for Hiring Expire at Year End: HIRE Act exempts certain payroll taxes,” Workplace HR & Safety (October 26, 2010) [Co-Author]