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Sachiyo Miller focuses her practice on employment litigation and general employment law and commercial matters. Her litigation experience includes drafting research memoranda, demand letters, discovery documents, deposition questions, mediation briefs, pleadings and motions. Notably, Sachiyo successfully second-chaired a seven week trial involving breach of contract, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination and breach of fiduciary duty claims. In her employment practice, she has experience drafting employment handbooks, sexual harassment training materials, and reasonable accommodations guidelines and legislative updates on California’s employment laws.

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Sachiyo immigrated from Japan to the U.S. as an adult and, having worked for a semiconductor and communication devices manufacturer in Nagoya, Japan, she understands Japanese business culture. With her extensive exposure to both Japanese and U.S. cultures, Sachiyo is able to effectively communicate with clients, including reviewing Japanese documents and conducting settlement negotiations in Japanese. Before joining Masuda Funai, she was an associate attorney for a firm in Southern California and she served as a Law Clerk with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at the Los Angeles District Office. Prior to law school, Sachiyo worked as a paralegal for an immigration law firm in Torrance, assisting Japanese companies and individuals with their visas, green cards and citizenship applications.

Sachiyo volunteers for various non-profit organizations impacting Japanese and Japanese Americans such as the Japan America Society of Southern California, Orange County Japanese America Association, and Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California.

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  • Whittier Law School, J.D., 2015; CALI award for Employment Discrimination (2013); California Employment Lawyers Association Conference Scholarship Award (2014); Founding Member and President, Employment & Labor Law Society; Symposium Editor, Whittier Law Review
  • Chukyo University, Japan, B.A., 2004


  • California


  • Japanese


American Bar Association
California Lawyers Association - Labor & Employment Law Section and Litigation Section
Japan America Society of Southern California
Japanese American Bar Association - Board, Educational Foundation
Orange County Asian American Bar Association
Orange County Japanese American Association - Vice President
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Non-Solicitation of Employees
Executive Summary In California, courts have found unenforceable provisions in employment agreements restricting competition and the…
Recruitment, Hiring & New Employee Orientation for Japanese Companies
Presented in Japanese, Sachiyo Yamada Miller discusses the challenges of Japanese companies seeking to conduct business in the U.S., and…
U.S. Employment Law Webinar Basics, Current Status, and Future Trends
Presented in Japanese, Sachiyo Yamada Miller discusses the challenges of Japanese companies seeking to conduct business in the U.S., and…
Sachiyo Yamada Miller Authored an Article in BizBuddy
The article entitled "Non-Solicitation of Employees" featured on BizBuddy’s website discussed recent California cases wherein employee…
Sachiyo Yamada Miller Speaking at JAS – So Cal Japanese Seminar
On January 25, 2019, Sachiyo Yamada Miller, Associate in Masuda Funai’s Employment Group, will be speaking at the Japan America Society of…
Masuda Funai Hosts 2018 Employment Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Employment Seminar on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Approximately 120 executives…
Masuda Funai Welcomes Three New Attorneys
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Lisa Dreishmire and Kenton Knop as attorneys in the firm’s…