Overview

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

  • Class action litigation prevention and defense
  • Wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints
  • Wage and hour disputes, compliance, and audits
  • Independent contractor analysis
  • Disability accommodation and leaves of absence
  • Employee handbooks and personnel policies
  • Workers' compensation

As co-chair of Littler’s Emerging Technologies and Venture Capital Industry Group, Kayvan’s advice and counsel practice centers on technology startups throughout California. He works frequently with emerging growth companies, incubators, and accelerators on all aspects of the onboarding process. Kayvan leads manager trainings, reviews employment agreements, drafts handbooks and advises on human resources decisions. Kayvan is also one of the founding architects of Littler X-celerator, the firm’s onboarding tool for tech startups.

Kayvan also works with many automotive dealerships and is highly experienced in helping them navigate California’s patchwork of wage and hour laws. More generally, his diverse mix of clients ranges from Fortune 500 companies and public entities to non-profit organizations, educational institutions and health care employers.

He dedicates a substantial portion of his practice to defending employers in wage and hour class action lawsuits and actions under the California Private Attorney General Act. He has successfully opposed motions for class certification, obtained favorable outcomes in a half dozen arbitrations and prevailed on many dispositive motions. 

In addition to his appearances in federal and state courts, Kayvan regularly appears before various administrative agencies, such as the:

  • U. S. Department of Labor
  • U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Office of the Labor Commissioner
  • California Department of Fair Employment and Housing
  • California Public Employment Relations Board
  • California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board
  • California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board

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 served as an intern to the Hon. Daniel E. Leach and to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's legal department. 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 and was Development Editor of the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review.

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

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

Navigating the Employment Law Puzzle

California New Car Dealers Association

August 15, 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

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