Sarah B. Takasugi is an attorney in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's Orange County office.

Areas of Practice

Sarah's practice involves defending employers in both single plaintiff and PAGA/class action matters. She has handled all aspects of civil litigation defense, including taking and defending depositions, law and motion practice, dispositive motions for summary judgment, mediation, arbitration, pre-trial preparation, and trial experience.

Sarah has worked to obtain favorable outcomes on a variety of employment cases, including claims for wrongful termination, harassment, retaliation, and discrimination.

Sarah also provides day-to-day counseling on a wide variety of labor and employment issues, including wage and hour claims, misclassification, disability and reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, progressive discipline, furlough, and termination.

Sarah originally began her career as a business trial attorney.  She traveled around the country working on nationwide class action litigation in which she represented large oil refineries. Other clients included banks, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, entertainment management companies, construction firms, and accounting firms, among others. This work established Sarah's deep understanding of legal procedure, both in state and federal court. Sarah's business litigation background enables her to advise and represent employers on their labor and employment issues within the context of the economic realities businesses must face on a daily basis.

Sarah is currently a Temporary Judge for the Orange County Superior Court.




  • Co-author, California Labor and Employment ALERT, March 2020


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1998

B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1995, magna cum laude


  • California
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