Tritia Murata is a litigation partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Employment & Labor Group. She has litigated a number of complex cases in both state and federal court, involving claims related to alleged wage and hour violations, trade secrets misappropriation, employee and customer raiding, and unfair competition. In particular, clients turn to Ms. Murata for her extensive class action experience and impressive track record of successfully defeating class certification in high-exposure wage and hour class actions.
Ms. Murata pursues an aggressive strategy to defeat class certification or otherwise dispose of class actions before trial, and has notched successes on behalf of leading clients spanning various industries. She previously defeated class certification in a wage and hour action involving more than 5,000 employees of a restaurant chain, and secured dismissal at the pleading stage of a nationwide putative class action alleging that airline employees were not adequately compensated for soliciting and securing credit card applications from passengers. Ms. Murata has also navigated the complexities of collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and representative actions brought under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA).
Ms. Murata also has significant experience litigating in both trial and appellate courts, including as a member of the trial team that obtained a $10.8 million jury verdict and successfully defended all counterclaims in a high-profile trade secrets misappropriation trial. Ms. Murata has also drafted numerous appellate briefs in cases before the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the Ninth Circuit, and she has argued before the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal.
Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Murata provides clients with practical, business-minded advice regarding various labor and employment law issues, including wrongful termination, employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour laws, employment policies and procedures, trade secrets, and unfair competition.
In 2013, The Recorder named Ms. Murata to its “Lawyers on the Fast Track” list, which recognizes 50 attorneys in California whose early career accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders. In 2013 and 2014, she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine, and was selected by the National Diversity Council and California Diversity Council to receive a “2015 California Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award,” which recognizes and honors women who have not only achieved personal success but have made it possible for others to more easily follow in their footsteps.
Morrison & Foerster selected Ms. Murata as its Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow for 2015. The LCLD Fellows Program was established to increase diversity at the leadership levels of U.S. law firms and corporate legal departments. Ms. Murata is a member of Morrison & Foerster’s Women’s Strategy Committee and is the chair of the Los Angeles office’s Working Parents Affinity Group. Ms. Murata is a recipient of the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for pro bono service.
Ms. Murata received her J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 2004, where she was an articles editor of the UCLA Law Review. She received her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001, where she was a Regents Scholar.
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