Tritia Murata is a litigation partner and a member of the Employment & Labor Group. Ms. Murata’s practice includes a broad range of employment and commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. She has litigated a number of complex lawsuits involving claims related to alleged wage and hour violations, misappropriation of trade secrets, employee and customer raiding, and unfair competition. In particular, Ms. Murata has extensive class action experience and has successfully defeated class certification in multiple actions alleging wage and hour violations.
Ms. Murata has significant experience litigating in both the trial and appellate courts. She has drafted and argued numerous motions in state and federal court, developed and implemented litigation plans and strategies, and taken and defended depositions. She has substantive trial experience, which includes drafting and arguing the jury instructions and special-verdict form in a trade secrets misappropriation trial in which our client obtained a $10.8 million jury verdict and successfully defended all counterclaims. 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.
In addition, Ms. Murata has expertise defending and advising clients regarding 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, Ms. Murata was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2015, Morrison & Foerster selected Ms. Murata as its Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow. 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 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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