Minami Tamaki Achieves $3.7 Million Settlement in Class Action Against Census Bureau

In September, Minami Tamaki Partner Jack W. Lee and Senior Associate Bethany Caracuzzo finalized a $3.7 million settlement with the U.S. government in a wage and hour class action lawsuit on behalf of more than 2,000 plaintiffs in 17 states against the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau. The lawsuit alleged that […]

Negotiating Severance Packages: Parachute or Free Fall?

By Brad Yamauchi, Partner You probably have read about “golden parachute” severance packages that pay millions of dollars to corporate executives, even when they are fired for poor performance or a scandal. Why is that? Can you get a severance package if you voluntarily or involuntarily leave your job? I have negotiated severance packages for […]

Minami Tamaki Partners are 'Super Lawyers' for 7th Straight Year

From left: Jack W. Lee; Minette Kwok, Dale Minami, Donald K. Tamaki, Lynda Won-Chung and Brad Yamauchi. Not pictured: Mark Fong and Derek G. Howard. Each of the five partners at Minami Tamaki LLP has been named by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys for 2010 for the seventh straight year. […]

Derek Howard Joins Firm as Senior Counsel

Derek G. Howard has joined Minami Tamaki LLP as Senior Counsel, providing the firm with more than 25 years of experience in complex litigation, including expertise in class actions, business fraud, deceptive practices, breaches of fiduciary, elder abuse and ethical duties by corporate entities, and antitrust practices in major consumer-oriented industries. Mr. Howard has served […]

CNN Story on Alleged ATF Retaliation Against Officer

CNN aired a report May 26 on Vince Cefalu, a special agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who says he experienced retaliation by the agency after he filed several grievances and an age-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Minami Tamaki partner Brad Yamauchi is Mr. Cefalu’s attorney.