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Saskia T. AsamuraShareholderLos Angeles

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213.626.8484

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Saskia T. Asamura is a shareholder in the Litigation and Labor and Employment Departments at Richards, Watson & Gershon. As a litigator, Ms. Asamura specializes in the area of inverse condemnation, takings, due process, equal protection, civil rights, and other constitutional, tort and nuisance cases involving property damage and personal injury. These include claims arising out of flooding, landslides, sinkholes, dangerous conditions of public property, impairment of access, precondemnation activities, and challenges to local ordinances and regulations, among many others. She has successfully represented numerous cities and public agencies in these and other types of civil litigation, including challenges to administrative, regulatory, legislative, and quasi-adjudicatory actions of local government bodies, construction defects and public works cases, contamination and remediation issues, and general public sector litigation matters of all types, at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal court.

Ms. Asamura also specializes in employment litigation. She is Assistant Chair of the Firm's Labor and Employment Department and previously served as its Chair. She represents clients in all types of employment litigation such as wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and other claims under the FEHA, Title VII, First Amendment, ADA, and the Tort Claims Act. She also handles these and other issues arising in the public housing context. She litigates public sector retirement issues, and advises on disciplinary matters for public clients.

Ms. Asamura joined RW&G in 1991 after clerking in 1990, and became a shareholder in 1999. While in law school, Ms. Asamura represented the UCLA School of Law in the National Moot Court Competition, with her team taking First Place and Best Brief awards at the Regional Championships, and then represented UCLA at the Final Competition at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Ms. Asamura has co-taught the Pretrial Advocacy clinical course at the University of Southern California Law School.

 
Education

BSc (Hons), London School of Economics, 1979
J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1991

 
Practice Areas

Appellate Law
Civil Rights and Constitutional Law
Construction Defects
Employment Litigation
Inverse Condemnation
Land Use
Litigation
Public Agency and Municipal Law Litigation
Public Works