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Jane Tanimura, Of Counsel

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Phone: 323.696.0702
Facsimile: 323.546.3466

1541 Ocean Avenue, Suite 200
Santa Monica, California 90401

Jane Tanimura has dedicated her entire legal career to advancing the rights of California workers. She has successfully represented employees from all walks of life, including farm laborers, HR professionals, creative executives, engineers, compliance officers, car salesmen, property managers, television crew members, C-suite executives, and many more, in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, family and medical leave, and wage and hour matters. She is a seasoned employment law attorney and is certified to conduct workplace investigations, having attended intensive training hosted by the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI).

Prior to joining Mozaffari Law, Ms. Tanimura worked as Senior Counsel for the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) where she represented the State of California in furtherance of its mission to protect Californians from unlawful discrimination in employment and housing, and from bias-motivated violence and human trafficking. At DFEH, Ms. Tanimura investigated and litigated individual and class cases involving allegations of violations of the Fair Employment and Housing Act, including pay equity claims against technology, gaming, and other major companies. Previously, she worked at a boutique plaintiff-side employment firm where she gained significant experience litigating complex and emotionally charged matters and successfully resolved numerous cases, both in pre-litigation and litigation, for outcomes in the six and seven figures.

Ms. Tanimura earned her J.D. from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Ms. Tanimura held several key externships. She served as an extern for the Los Angeles District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as an extern for the Honorable Judge Christina Snyder of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Tanimura also externed at the Los Angeles Office of the Federal Public Defender, having worked in both the trial and capital habeas units. Upon graduation, Ms. Tanimura was recognized with the Miller-Johnson Equal Justice Prize which honors a graduating student who has demonstrated the greatest commitment to civil and social justice.

Before law school, Ms. Tanimura was a Los Angeles corps member for Teach for America. She graduated from Brown University magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Speaking Engagements
  • CELA Law Clerk Orientation, “Employment Law 101,” Moderator, June 2021
  • USC Law, “Careers in Public Interest,” Panelist, March 2021
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, “Obtaining ESI: Challenges, Disputes, Accessibility,” Moderator, June 2019
  • CELA Annual Diversity Leadership Summit, “Employment Law and Politics,” Moderator, June 2019
  • USC Law, “Brown Bag Lunch Talk on Employment Law,” Panelist, October 2018
  • CELA Annual Diversity Leadership Summit, “Thinking Outside the Box with Your Law Degree,” Moderator, June 2018
  • USC Law, “Private Public Interest Law Firms,” Panelist, September 2014
Published Works
  • Note, Still Separate and Still Unequal: The Need for Stronger Civil Rights Protections in Charter Enabling Legislation, 21 S. CAL. REV. L. SOC. JUST. 399 (2012).
  • Comment, The Case for An Asian American Law Professor, 21 S. CAL. REV. L. SOC. JUST. 469 (2012).
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)

  • Diversity Outreach Committee, Chair (December 2020 to Present)
  • Racial Justice Task Force, Member (December 2020 to Present)

Asian Pacific American Bar Association

  • Member (2013 to Present)
  • Board of Governors and Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee (2014 – 2019)

Education

J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law

B.A. in English, Brown University
Phi Beta Kappa