Overview

Kayvan Iradjpanah advises, represents and trains employers in various areas of employment law, including:

  • Multi-jurisdictional employment law compliance
  • Independent contractor analysis
  • Class action/PAGA litigation prevention and defense
  • Wage and hour disputes, compliance, and audits
  • Wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints/investigations
  • Employee handbooks and personnel policies

As co-chair of Littler’s Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital Industry Group, Kayvan advises dozens of technology and emerging growth companies. He leads manager trainings, counsels on workplace investigations, drafts employment agreements, prepares handbooks, and advises on day-to-day human resources decisions. He also is a strategic partner to accelerators, venture capital groups, private equity firms, incubators and angel investors as they advise their portfolio startup companies on how to scale in a legally compliant manner. Relatedly, Kayvan is one of the founding architects of Littler X-celerator, the firm’s onboarding tool for tech startups, and advises numerous companies in the “gig economy” on their independent contractor models.

More generally, from his dual practice in Southern and Northern California, Kayvan also serves as primary outside employment counsel for several global and national employers, providing integrated multi-jurisdictional employment law advice. In addition to technology companies, Kayvan’s clients include employers in the robotics, consulting, financial services, publishing, retail, dining, education, transportation, healthcare, automotive, staffing, and logistics industries, as well as foreign sovereign employers.

Kayvan’s litigation practice primarily focuses on defense of wage and hour claims, contractual disputes, wrongful termination/harassment/retaliation lawsuits, class actions, and representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act. Kayvan has successfully opposed motions for class certification, obtained favorable outcomes in arbitrations and prevailed on dispositive motions. Kayvan regularly appears in state, federal and appellate courts, as well as before arbitrators and administrative agencies like the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Kayvan has dedicated his entire legal career to employment law. Prior to joining Littler, Kayvan served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Steven B. Berlin in the Office of Administrative Law Judges at the Department of Labor. He also worked at the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, both in its legal department and with the Hon. Daniel E. Leach in its division of administrative judges. Previously, he worked as a counselor at the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center in San Francisco. In law school, he served on the board of the Employment and Labor Law Student Association.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

American Bar Association

Member

Iranian American Bar Association

Recognition

Recipient, First Place

Annual Student Writing Competition, Labor and Employment Law Section

State Bar of California

Recipient, California Jurisprudence Award for Trial Advocacy

Recipient, Best Oral Argument Award in Moot Court

Speaking Engagements

The Top Employment Law Issues at Every Stage of the Employment Relationship

Susa Ventures

August 19, 2021

Employment Law Issues Impacting Los Angeles Based Startups

Techstars LA

July 26, 2021

Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital Roundtable: Returning to Work in Tech

June 16, 2021

Top Employment Law Issues Impact the Aerospace Tech Ecosystem

Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator

July 20, 2020

Employment Law and Tech Startups

Techstars Los Angeles Accelerator, Los Angeles, CA

September 23, 2019

Top Employment Law Issues Impacting the Tech Ecosystem

Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator

August 20, 2019

Preparing Your Tech Company for 2019's New Employment Laws

Los Angeles, CA

January 30, 2019

Navigating the Employment Law Puzzle

California New Car Dealers Association

August 15, 2018

Preparing Your Tech Company for 2018's New Employment Laws

Los Angeles, CA

January 18, 2018

Top Employment Law Issues Facing Health Tech Startups

Techstars Healthcare Accelerator in partnership with Cedars-Sinai

November 1, 2017

Independent Contractors or Employees? A Primer for Startups

Los Angeles Venture Association, Ninth Annual Investor Night

October 18, 2017

Employment Law and Tech: Key Issues

Plug and Play Tech Center, Sunnyvale, CA

April 12, 2017

The Employer’s Primer on Record Retention

East Ventura County Employer Advisory Council

February 15, 2017

Health Tech and Employment Law

Techstars Healthcare Accelerator in partnership with Cedars-Sinai

February 14, 2017

Building a Compliant Employment Law Framework

Powerhouse Solar, Oakland, CA

February 6, 2017

Employment Law 2.0: How to Prepare Your Tech Company for 2017's New Employment Laws

Los Angeles, CA

January 5, 2017

Top Employment Law Issues Affecting Startups Nationwide

Early Growth Financial Services, Los Angeles, CA

November 17, 2016

Fireside Chat with Narges Bani Asadi, CEO of Bina Technologies

Persian Tech Entrepreneurs Annual Conference

November 5, 2016

Employment Law Issues Impacting Solar Startups

Powerhouse Solar, Oakland, CA

October 5, 2016

Intersection of Workers’ Compensation and Other Employment Laws

BB&T Insurance Services

September 22, 2016

Navigating the Employment Law Puzzle

California New Car Dealers Association

June 7, 2016

Employment Law Issues Facing Health Tech Startups

Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai

May 2, 2016

The Top Employment Law Issues Impacting Technology Startups

UCLA Office of Intellectual Property

April 1, 2016

Littler X-celerator and Employment Issues Impacting Clean Tech Startups

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

January 20, 2016

The Impact of Social Media on the Workplace

Lockton Insurance Brokers

February 12, 2015

Startup Law 101

4th Annual Conference - Persian Tech Entrepreneurs, San Francisco, CA

November 8, 2014

Crafting Severance Agreements: Considerations for Tech Startups to Multinational Employers (and Everything In Between) to Prepare an Enforceable Release

Center for Competitive Management (C4CM) Webinar

July 8, 2014

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2009
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2006summa cum laude

Languages

  • Persian

Bar Admission

California