Galen T. Shimoda

Galen T. Shimoda: Attorney with Shimoda Law Corp. AV stamp icon
  • Shareholder at Shimoda Law Corp. (3 Attorneys)
  • 9401 East Stockton Boulevard, Suite 200, Elk Grove, CA 95624
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Attorney Awards


Mr. Shimoda earned his J.D., with Great Distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he was also inducted into the Order of the Coif. He served as Editor-in-Chief for The Transnational Lawyer from 2002 to 2003. Mr. Shimoda received a B.A. in Asian Studies and a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Utah in 2000.

Legal Experience

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Shimoda defended employment claims brought against large domestic and multi-national corporations while working at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Using this experience, he now represents individual employees in employment and personal injury cases. Mr. Shimoda specializes in prosecuting individual, class action, and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) wage and hour claims for overtime, meal period violations, unpaid commissions and bonuses, minimum wage, and more. Mr. Shimoda also has extensive experience with other areas of labor and employment including disability and pregnancy discrimination, failure to accommodate and engage in the interactive process, sexual harassment, leave law, military rights (USERRA), privacy rights, wrongful termination, and whistleblowing cases. On a practical note, Mr. Shimoda has handled a number of jury and de novo trials, arbitrations, Labor Commissioner and other administrative hearings.

Notable Decisions

Eicher v. Advanced Business Integrators, Inc., 151 Cal. App. 4th 1363 (2007) - Mr. Shimoda handled the de novo trial and the appeal in Eicher. The appellate court confirmed that Plaintiff was misclassified as a non-exempt employee and affirmed the trial court's decision. It also found that Plaintiff was entitled to attorney's fees despite losing his overtime claim in front of the Labor Commissioner.

Dayton v. Sears Roebuck & Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5075 (E.D. Cal. Jan. 14, 2015)– Summary judgment denied against Plaintiff’s Fair Employment and Housing Act claims denied in a hotly contested disability discrimination case.

McFarland v. Almond Board of California, No. 2:12-CV-02778 (E.D. Cal. 2015) –Summary judgment denied in a case involving claims and allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.


"Japan's New Equal Employment Opportunity Law: Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," 16 Transnational Law. 215 (2002)

"The Underrepresented Worker," Sacramento County Bar Journal (September 2006)

"Abuses of Firm Technology Can Be Fatal Distraction," L.A. Daily Journal (June 25, 2004)

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

- California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)

- Sacramento County Bar, Labor and Employment Member and Past Board Member

- Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association Member

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Shimoda has been invited to speak at a number of forums as a plaintiff lawyer:

- Lorman Military Leave Law Speaker

- Restaurant Association Speaker at Annual Seminar (Los Angeles)

- Federal Bar Association, Sacramento Chapter: 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Mar. 30, 2016)

- CEB – Employment Law Practice: 2016 Year in Review (Jan. 20, 2017)

- CEB – Employment Law Practice: 2015 Year in Review (Jan. 22, 2016)

- CEB – Employment Law Practice: Year in Review (2014) (Jan. 9, 2015)

- CEB - Employment Law Practice: Year in Review (2013) (Jan. 10, 2014)

- Sacramento County Bar Association - Class Actions from the Trenches: Real World Experiences from the Plaintiff and Defense Bar (Feb. 21, 2012)

- Sacramento Employer Advisory Council – Wage and Hour Workshop: Going Beyond the Exemption Discussion (Apr. 7, 2016)

- Sacramento County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section – PAGA Representative Litigation: Emerging Trends and Issues (May 17, 2016)

- Sacramento Business Journal Panel – Overtime Rules (Jun. 23, 2016)

- Association of Defense Counsel of Norther California & Nevada - Employment Law Update – Do the Math: Calculation Exposure and Damages in Wage and Hour Cases (Aug. 12, 2016)

Personal Interest

Mr. Shimoda enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife. He served a two-year mission for his church in Seoul, South Korea and enjoys participating in various service projects for his church. When he can find time, Mr. Shimoda enjoys fly-fishing, volleyball, and basketball.

Areas of Practice (48)

  • Business Law
  • Business Dissolutions
  • Business Estate Planning
  • Business Formation
  • Business Fraud
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Business Arbitration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Labor Law
  • Wage and Hour Law
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Workplace Violence
  • Whistleblower Litigation
  • WARN Act
  • Wage and Hour Class Actions
  • Harassment
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Fair Labor Standards
  • Fair Employment Practices
  • Executive Severance Contracts
  • Executive Employment Law
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  • Employment Termination
  • Employment Rights
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  • Employment Mediation
  • Employment Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Disability Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • Employment Class Actions
  • Employment Claims
  • Employment Civil Rights
  • Employment Breach of Contract
  • Employment at Will
  • Employment Arbitration
  • Employee Rights
  • Employee Privacy
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Covenants Not To Compete
  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Child Labor Law
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Age Discrimination in Employment

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
916-382-0161  Phone
916-525-0716  Phone
916-760-3733  Fax
University Attended:
University of Utah, B.A., Asian Studies; University of Utah, B.S., Business Management
Law School Attended:
University of the Pacific, J.D., with great distinction
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 2003, California
Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce; Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento; Sacramento County Bar Association (Treasurer, Executive Committee Board Member, Labor & Employment Section); Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association; California Employment Lawyers Association (Member, Wage and Hour Committee).
Cantonese and Korean
Hobbies & interests:
Mr. Shimoda enjoys spending time with his three children and his wife. After serving a mission for his church in Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Shimoda participates in various service projects. When he can find time, Mr. Shimoda enjoys fly-fishing, volleyball, and basketball.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard

Peer Reviews

4.9/5.0 (15 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Associate on 07/30/12 in Employee Rights

    I have known Galen for over 8 years. He is an honest, diligent, and intelligent attorney, and I would (and have) recommended him to my closest friends.

    I have known Galen for over 8 years. He is an honest, diligent, and intelligent attorney, and I would (and have) recommended him to my closest friends. Read less

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  • 4.8/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 07/21/12 in Employment Litigation

    My experiences with him have been very good. He is intelligent, ethical, and a pleasure to work with.

    My experiences with him have been very good. He is intelligent, ethical, and a pleasure to work with. Read less

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