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Aya J. Deam


(213) 576-5033
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Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

2211 Michelson Drive
Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92612


J.D., Loyola Law School

B.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, Coursework in International Relations


  • Japanese

Aya J. Deam is a partner in the Los Angeles office and is a member of the Employment Practice Group and Director of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group for the Western Region.  Ms. Deam has extensive experience representing businesses and management in all aspects of employment law.  She represents employers in administrative and civil claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and alleged wage and hour violations.  She also provides internal investigations and counseling to employer clients regarding best practices and compliance with the goal of advising her clients on how best to avoid litigation.  The advice and counsel aspect of her practice assists employers in developing workplace policies and employee handbooks.  Additionally, her language abilities and background living in Japan gives Ms. Deam a unique understanding of the workplace dynamics and challenges that are specific to Japanese companies, which she draws upon to represent Japanese entities conducting business in the United States.      

In addition to her employment practice, Ms. Deam also has significant experience representing and advising hospitality clients.  She regularly represents national chains against significant injury claims.  She also advises these hospitality clients as to regulatory changes throughout municipalities in California.  Ms. Deam has also litigated professional liability disputes such as the defense of architects, engineers, insurance brokers, and lawyers.  Additionally, she handles business litigation claims  including contract interference, unfair competition, and breach of non-disclosure and non-competition agreements. 


U.S. District Court, Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Pasadena Bar Association
Los Angeles Bar Association
Japanese American Bar Association


Conversational Japanese