Jon M. Setoguchi has a strong background in single-plaintiff and class action lawsuits for alleged wage and hour violations, under both federal and state law.  His clients cover a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, health care, waste collection and staffing.  His cases include claims alleging misclassification of workers as independent contractors, failure to pay non-exempt employees for alleged “off-the-clock” activities, unpaid meal and rest breaks, failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, denied reimbursements, inaccurate or missing wage statements and other pay practice irregularities.  Mr. Setoguchi is a member of AALRR’s Class Action Defense Group.

Mr. Setoguchi also represents clients in various commercial litigation matters, including unfair competition, trade secrets and breach of contract, along with other business tort and construction litigation.  He handles a broad spectrum of services, including litigation management, law and motion practice, trials and appeals.  Additionally Mr. Setoguchi has a strong record in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration and mediation.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a billion-dollar publicly traded medical device company and obtained a successful result regarding a whistleblower claim
  • Represented an international electronics company and its United States subsidiary and successfully resolved claims for misappropriation and breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the manufacture of flat screen displays
  • Successfully defended numerous employment litigation and wage and hour lawsuits, negotiating confidential settlements in various stages of litigation
  • Represented the largest framing company in California and obtained a favorable verdict after an eight-week jury trial
  • Obtained a favorable verdict and substantial attorney’s fees for a school district after a two-week jury trial to recover damages against a contractor and its performance bond surety
  • Represented a District Attorney’s office in several wrongful termination actions, achieving favorable results paid for entirely by the insurance company

Practice Areas

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Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • Japanese American Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member


J.D., Loyola Law School
B.A., University of California


  • 2001, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California
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