Yuki Cruse has a strong labor and employment law background in both counseling and litigation for employers.
She has well-rounded experience from serving as an Employee Relations Representative at the City and County of San Francisco, an attorney in an employment litigation firm, and a Judicial Extern for The Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court and The Honorable Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Employment Law Advice Experience
Yuki advises employers in virtually all aspects of employment law, including discipline and termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, recruitment, hiring and termination, due process, compliance, wage-and-hour issues, and medical and recreational marijuana use. She provides day-to-day employment law advice, conducts audits of policies and programs, revises employee handbooks, and performs education and training seminars.
Employment Law Litigation Experience
Yuki has developed litigation and trial preparation strategies with case management and law and motion teams, including legal research, analysis, and voluminous document review. Her experience includes:
- Taking depositions of third-party witnesses in racial discrimination actions.
- Propounding and responding to discovery requests in wage-and-hour actions, including document requests, interrogatories, and requests for admissions.
- Researching and drafting memoranda regarding the allocation of penalties for government party and plaintiff class members in a Private Attorney Generals Act action for violations of wage laws.
- Representing clients in court hearings, including successfully arguing an ex parte motion to continue trial.
- Researching and drafting memoranda regarding liability in opposition to summary judgment motions.
Labor Law Experience
Yuki’s labor law experience incorporates first-hand client perspective that she gained while working at the City and County of San Francisco. As an Employee Relations Representative, Yuki’s legal assistance included:
- Provided advice and counsel to large municipal departments and labor organizations regarding employee salary and benefit inquiries, and interpretation of labor contracts and collective bargaining agreements.
- Reviewed and analyzed labor grievances of municipal employees and claims of collective bargaining agreement violations, and drafted responsive memoranda for the City.
- Attended meet and confer labor sessions on behalf of the City and provided research and analysis to primary employee relations representative during negotiations with labor organizations.
- Supported collective bargaining negotiations with various unions and provided research and support to primary employee relations representative, drafted proposals, and made revisions to collective bargaining agreements.
- Provided problem-solving analysis and solutions to the City’s labor-management committees regarding a broad range of issues that arise outside of collective bargaining agreements, such as occupational health and safety.
Judicial Extern Experience
Yuki served as a Judicial Extern for The Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court and The Honorable Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The Honorable Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Supreme Court of California
- Performed extensive legal research and analysis regarding complex issues in civil and criminal petitions before the court of last resort in courts of The State of California.
- Drafted memoranda regarding the death penalty and trusts and estates appeals, which then served as the foundations for the final opinions of the Chief Justice.
- Reviewed and presented complex legal positions and resulting recommendations to the Chief Justice and Associate Justices.
The Honorable Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore, U.S. District Court, Northern District of CA
- Researched and drafted memorandum in breach of contract case that the Magistrate Judge utilized in settlement conference, which resulted in settlement of all claims and dismissal of the action.
- Researched and drafted memoranda to assist the court’s staff attorneys in drafting opinions for the court, including issues such as diversity jurisdiction and denial of Social Security benefits.
- Reviewed and revised draft orders, including criminal detention orders and civil default judgment orders.
Honors and Awards
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 2015
- Intensive Advocacy Program, Honorable Mention
-Developed trial advocacy skills in intensive course taught by distinguished trial attorneys
-Mock trial defense attorney: successfully defended client before mock jury to verdict
- CALI Award, Asian Legal Systems
Presentations and Publications
- Author, “California High Court Avoids the ‘California Rule’ in Pension Benefits Change Decision,” The Recorder, March 22, 2019
- Author, “Pension Law Update: CA Supreme Court Avoids Addressing the “California Rule” in Much-Anticipated Cal Fire Decision,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, March 5, 2019
- Author, “California’s Top 5 New Employment Laws in Response to the #MeToo Movement,” Meyers Nave Client Alert, October 2018
- Author, “Appellate Court Clarifies ‘Dynamex’ ABC Test Doesn’t Apply to Joint Employment Arrangements,” The Recorder, July 13, 2018
Member, California Women Lawyers
- University of San Francisco School of LawJD, 2015
- University of North Texas Mayborn School of JournalismBA, 2010