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The Hon. Roberta S. Hayashi is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown on December 12, 2014, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Rene Navarro.
Hayashi earned an A.B. from Stanford University in 1979. She then completed a J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1982.
She began her legal career with Berliner Cohen in 1982. She first worked as an associate, eventually rising to partner in 1990. Then, in 2001, she became chair of its employment law practice. During her twenty-five year tenure with Berliner Cohen, Hayashi represented Silicon Valley employers in employment and business litigation. She primarily handled wrongful termination, discrimination, and misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information actions.
Hayashi has also served as a partner for Skjerven Morrill from 2001 to 2003 as well as Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman from 2003 to 2005.
She has served as president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and she has chaired its Professional Responsibility Rules Revision Task Force. She has also been president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. She has served on the Board of Directors of Hospice of the Valley, the San Jose Sports Authority, and the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame.
Hayashi is a recipient of the Salsman Award (2007) as well as the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award (2009) from the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
Hayashi was born in San Jose, California. Her pastimes include skiing, hiking, and quilt-making.
She is registered as a Democrat.
J.D. from University of California, Davis School of Law (1982)
A.B. from Stanford University (1979)
Partner at Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman in Santa Clara County, California (2003 to 2005)
Partner at Skjerven Morrill in Santa Clara County, California (2001 to 2003)
Partner at Berliner Cohen in Santa Clara County, California (1990 to 2014)
Associate at Berliner Cohen in Santa Clara County, California (1982 to 1989)