Brandon Takahashi defends both private and public sector clients in employment related-litigation and counsels them on how to avoid potential litigation. As an experienced litigator, he skillfully advises clients on all manners of employment-related issues including: employee management, discipline and termination, internal investigations, leave management, proper employee classification and sexual harassment training. Takahashi's clients fall into a number of industries including: hospitality, retail, restaurant, banking and commerce, medical and medical device manufacturing, sports and software programming.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in July 2017, Mr. Takahashi served as head of the labor and employment group at another law firm. For three years prior, he practiced with a national employment law firm. In that capacity, his practice focused on defense-oriented employment litigation and advice and counseling for corporate clients on the best employment practices across the U.S. Mr. Takahashi was also key counsel in two cases of first impression regarding California employment law under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

In 2013, Mr. Takahashi was selected to the Lawyers of Color inaugural "Hot List," which consists of the top 100 minority attorneys under age 40 in the Western Region of the U.S. Additionally, he has been named a "Rising Star" by Southern California Super Lawyers for the past five years.

While in law school, Mr. Takahashi was named Student Trial Lawyer of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Mr. Takahashi speaks basic Japanese and conversational Spanish.

Professional Affiliations

  • Japanese American Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Member and Speaker

Honors & Awards

  • Selected to the "Southern California Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List" by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2013–2017
  • Named to the inaugural "Hot List" by Lawyers of Color, 2013


  • Co-Presenter, "California Recordkeeping Round-Up: Best Practices for Paper and E-Storage, Meeting Mandatory Notice, Posting, and Policy Drafting Requirements, and More," 12th Annual California Employment Law Update, The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California, October 11, 2017
  • "Immigration Reform: Consequences for Employers," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2015


Since college, Mr. Takahashi has participated in ocean and river kayaking, competitive archery, and has recently taken up shark diving when time and conditions permit. He also enjoys working the land on his family’s grape vineyard in Central California.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Asian Pacific Women's Center, Volunteer
  • Business Forums International, Los Angeles Chapter, Member
  • Japanese American National Museum, Member and Supporter
  • Karma International, LLC, Member and Board Member
  • Legacy Forums, Los Angeles Chapter, Member
  • Little Tokyo Service Center, Volunteer
  • Loyola Law School, Former Adjunct Professor
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge school of Law, Former Adjunct Professor

Service Areas

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2006

B.S., Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2001