Mr. Inamine focuses his practice on counseling and representing employers. He regularly defends companies against wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims involving race, ethnicity, age, national origin, disability, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Also, he defends employers against administrative charges filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and against Unruh/ADA access claims. In addition, Mr. Inamine defends class action lawsuits filed against employers for alleged violations of laws relating to minimum wages, overtime, meal and rest breaks, and employee expense reimbursement. Mr. Inamine counsels employers on contracts, product warranties, workplace investigations, employee discipline, reasonable suspicion and best practices to avoid claims. He also represents non-profit organizations in employment and certification matters. Mr. Inamine has first-chair jury trial experience throughout Southern California.
In addition to his employment practice, Mr. Inamine represents companies in litigation involving business disputes and catastrophic personal injuries.
Mr. Inamine received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1979 before graduating with his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1984.
- Practice Areas
Education and Admissions
- University of Hawaii, BA Economics
- University of Southern California, J.D.
Professional Organization Memberships
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
- “Proposed Calif. Anti-Discrimination Regs Cast A Wide Net,” Law360 (Employment), December 8, 2017
- “You Snooze, You Lose: What an Employer Should First Do When Notified of a Legal Action,” November 1, 2016 (co-author, Joanne Madden)
- “Reducing The Risks of Employment Claims Relating to Long-Term Care Facilities: Part 1 – Preventing Lawsuits,” Long Term Care Counsel, October 19, 2016 (co-author, Joanne Madden)
- “Risky Business In California: Drug Testing Of Long-Term Care Workers”, Long Term Care Counsel, September 6, 2016
- “California Equal Pay a Reality In 2016,” EPLI Risk, November 2015.
- “New California Laws Target Whistleblower Retaliation, Expand Protection for Immigrant Workers,” Corporate Compliance Insight, March 4, 2014.
- “Religion in the Workplace,” Employment Law Strategist, August 2013.
- “Separation Anxiety in California: Reducing the Risks of Employee Departures,” PIHRA Ventura, March 19, 2015.
- “Religious Accommodation in California: God Help Us All!” California HR Conference, August 26-28, 2013, Anaheim, CA.
- “WorkWise: Mental health in hiring,” Knoxville News Sentinal (USA Today Network), July 24, 2017.
- “9th Circ. Ruling May Stall Uber Driver Classification Suits,” Law360, September 9, 2016.
- “Uber Primed For Hard Fight After $100M Labor Deal Rejected,” Law360, August 19, 2016.
- “Do the Law and Good Manners Intersect on ADA Matters,” Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2013.
- “Company May Be Resigned to Paying for Ex-Employee’s Airfare,” Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2013.