Nancy E. Sasamoto

Principal, Chicago
Phone: 312.245.7500
nsasamoto@masudafunai.com

Nancy Sasamoto counsels management in all aspects of employment law. Her expertise includes defending employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, violations of wage and hour statutes and the enforcement of covenants not to compete. She has extensive experience preparing employment contracts, consulting agreements and personnel policies, as well as counseling clients with respect to leaves of absences, harassment investigations and employee fraud and embezzlement. She assists clients in implementing reductions in force and plant closings. Ms. Sasamoto is an experienced trainer, and frequently presents programs on harassment prevention, discrimination, business ethics and electronic discovery implications for employers.

Ms. Sasamoto also advises clients regarding pricing and other antitrust issues, licensing and intellectual property matters. Ms. Sasamoto represents clients in commercial litigation and in administrative matters before federal agencies. She has litigated distribution disputes, dealer termination, breach of warranty, trademark infringement and trade secret cases.

Ms. Sasamoto is a frequent author and speaker on employment and commercial litigation topics. She recently spoke as part of The Knowledge Group's webcast entitled "EEOC's Conciliation Efforts: Reviewability – Truth & Consequences for the Employer in 2015 and Beyond." She authored a chapter entitled, "Practical and Legal Considerations Prior to Conducting the Audit" in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's (IICLE) award-winning handbook, Conducting the Employment Practices Audit. Ms. Sasamoto has been named an Illinois "Super Lawyer" five times.

Representative Matters


  • In a putative FLSA collective action case filed in Tennessee against a manufacturer and its sister company in Ohio, obtained dismissal of the Ohio company and successfully settled the case before class certification.

  • Based on extensive experience asserting arguments under the Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaty between the U.S. and Japan, brought in to represent a foreign-owned company in New Jersey in an age discrimination case and resolved the case on favorable terms in mediation.

  • Obtained dismissal of all counts asserted against a logistics company in a suit by a discharged employee alleging pregnancy discrimination and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • Obtained preliminary injunction for foreign machine tool manufacturer in a trademark infringement action against former president of U.S. subsidiary.

  • Represented, as lead attorney, a former CFO in a 10-day trial under the Whistleblower's Protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

  • Obtained a favorable verdict for a foreign automobile parts manufacturer in a jury trial with discharged employee, who alleged disability discrimination under Michigan state law.

  • Investigated serious allegations of sexual harassment against the President of a corporate client by investigating the allegations, culminating with terminating the President. The result was that no claims were asserted against the company by employees or the former President.

  • Represented a foreign government before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Illinois Department of Human Rights, obtaining the dismissal of all charges.

  • Defended an equipment manufacturer against claims of trademark infringement, including defeating attempts to obtain preliminary injunctive relief. After the case was dismissed, Ms. Sasamoto argued and won the appeal of the trial court's decision.

Practice Areas

Education

  • University of Illinois, B.S., 1977
  • Washington University, J.D., 1980

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Asian American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Litigation Counsel of America

Distinctions

  • Selected as a Super Lawyer, 2005-2011, 2017