Jon Yonemitsu is a litigation and trial practice partner who has honed his professional skills over 20 years handling complex matters ranging from all areas of labor and employment law, commercial disputes, unfair competition, real estate litigation and product liability. Mr. Yonemitsu works tirelessly for employers covering every size from Fortune 500 companies to start-up ventures. He cares deeply about his clients and community dedicating laser focus to his clients’ needs in the most effective and efficient way. You can count on Mr. Yonemitsu’s responsiveness, professionalism, loyalty and ability to listen. He’s driven to provide the highest quality advice and counsel while also being an exceptional advocate both in and out of the courtroom.
Mr. Yonemitsu’s employment specific practice includes representing private and public entities focusing on defending management against single and multi-party matters involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims under Title VII, FEHA, ADA, FMLA, and CFRA. He further specializes in representing all size employers covering class and collective actions under both California state and Federal (FLSA) wage and hour laws and PAGA. Mr. Yonemitsu also handles matters connected with administrative agencies involving the DFEH, EEOC, DOL, NLRB and OSHA. In addition to handling litigated matters, Mr. Yonemitsu counsels clients regarding compliance with state and federal laws, hiring and termination issues, reviewing and drafting employee handbooks, workplace trainings, wage payment compliance, employee classification, data security and restrictive covenants. Mr. Yonemitsu additionally manages a variety of business litigation matters ranging from individual contract disputes to multi-party claims involving unfair competition and interference, consumer protection, products liability, corporate/partnership disputes and dissolutions. Mr. Yonemitsu further provides counsel and sound recommendations to management covering both individual and institutional clients involving intellectual property, copyright and trademark infringement and franchising.
Prior to joining Gordon & Rees, Mr. Yonemitsu was a Deputy District Attorney at the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted a variety of felony and misdemeanor trials involving violent crimes and fraud.
International Association of Defense Counsel
Los Angeles and San Diego County Bar Associations
Asian American Bar Association (Greater Bay Area and Southern California)
Oregon State University Alumni Association (Board of Directors)
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association