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Yuki Cruse

San Francisco

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


Yuki  Cruse


Yuki Cruse is an associate in the San Francisco, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in workplace law matters, including preventive advice and counseling. She has a passion for delivering quality client service and enjoys working collaboratively with her clients and devising creative problem-solving methods to achieve positive results.

Yuki advises employers in numerous aspects of employment law, including discipline and termination, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, recruitment and hiring, due process, compliance, preventive practice, and wage-and-hour issues. She also conducts audits of policies and programs, revises employee handbooks, conducts workplace investigations, and performs education and training seminars. 

Yuki's employment litigation experience includes drafting and responding to pleadings and discovery, meeting and conferring with opposing counsel, defending depositions, settlement negotiations, drafting dispositive motions, mediation, and trial preparation. She has successfully obtained several workplace violence restraining orders. She also represents employers before various administrative agencies including the DFEH, EEOC, DLSE, and PERB.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Yuki developed significant experience advising public sector clients at a California regional law firm. She advised municipalities and special districts on union contract interpretation and administration, served as chief negotiator for a small northern California municipal employer during successor labor negotiations, and represented management in discipline arbitration.

Prior to that, Yuki worked as an employee relations representative for the City and County of San Francisco where she advised large municipal departments and labor organizations regarding various labor relations issues, analyzed and investigated labor grievances, and drafted responsive memoranda on behalf of the City. Yuki draws from her first-hand client perspective to deliver insightful employment and traditional labor services to both public and private employers.

While in law school, Yuki served as a judicial extern for The Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court and The Honorable Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She received academic honors during all three years of law school and was a member of the McAuliffe Honor Society. Additionally, Yuki served as a staff member of the law review, case counsel for the Moot Court Program, an executive board member of the Black Law Students Association and was the recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence in Asian Legal Systems.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Ones to Watch: Labor and Employment Law - Management" (2022)

Published Works

  • “California High Court Avoids the 'California Rule' in Pension Benefits Change Decision,” The Recorder, March 2019 [Author]
  • “Pension Law Update: CA Supreme Court Avoids Addressing the “California Rule” in Much-Anticipated Cal Fire Decision,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, March 2019 [Author]
  • “California’s Top 5 New Employment Laws in Response to the #MeToo Movement,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, October 2018 [Author]
  • “Appellate Court Clarifies 'Dynamex' ABC Test Doesn't Apply to Joint Employment Arrangements,” The Recorder, July 2018 [Author]