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Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi

San Francisco

P 415-394-9400
F 415-394-9401


Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi is a Principal in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She has extensive experience litigating employment matters in state and federal courts, before arbitrators and administrative agencies.

Ms. Bettis Nakabayashi regularly defends employers in statewide and nationwide wage and hour class, representative, and/or collective actions, including those brought under California’s complex and unique labor and employment laws.

Ms. Bettis Nakabayashi regularly counsels clients on wage and hour compliance and litigation avoidance, including compliance with local Bay Area ordinances.  She is outside employment counsel to a number of non-profits.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Ms. Bettis Nakabayashi was a member of the employment law practice at a national law firm, specializing in California and federal wage and hour counseling and litigation. During law school, she was a Comments Editor for the University of San Francisco Law Review. She externed for the Hon. Ming W. Chin, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court. 

Ms. Bettis Nakabayashi is a native of California’s Central Valley and a long time Bay Area resident.  

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • San Francisco Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • San Francisco Marin Food Bank, Outside Employment Counsel and Pro Bono Attorney
  • Nippongo Gakuen/Buddhist Church of Oakland, Member

Speeches and Presentations

  • “California Employment Law Update,” California Beer & Beverage Distributors Annual Convention (Napa, CA, September 2016)(presenter)
  • “San Francisco’s Employment Ordinances” Silicon Valley Roundtable (Palo Alto, CA, May 2016) (presenter)


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May 8, 2018
The Recorder

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana Johnson Discuss Joining Jackson Lewis

May 8, 2018

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana Johnson discuss joining the firm from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Morrison & ​Foerster in "Jackson Lewis Lands L&E Duo to Continue Bay Area Growth," published by The Recorder.  Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 8, 2018
Law 360

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana Johnson Discuss Joining Jackson Lewis' San Francisco Office

May 8, 2018

Shannon Bettis Nakabayashi and Yana Johnson discuss joining the firm as an opportunity to expand and strengthen their practices in "Jackson Lewis Adds MoFo, Morgan Lewis Pair To SF Roster," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 7, 2018
Jackson Lewis

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

May 7, 2018

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... Read More

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Creating Executive Compensation Arrangements that Comply with California Law

May 29, 2019 - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

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Fair Employment Housing Commissions Publishes New National Origin Discrimination Regulations; Limits “English-Only” Rules and Expands Protections for Immigration Status
June 5, 2018

On May 17, 2018, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission (“FEHC”) published the final text of its “Regulations Regarding National Origin Discrimination” (to be codified at 2 Cal. Code Regs. §§ 11027 & 11028). Read More