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Maki DaijogoMaki Daijogo, Partner

Ms. Daijogo has been practicing labor and employment law exclusively since 1993. She focuses on counseling and advising employers on workplace issues such as family and medical leaves, wage and hour law compliance, affirmative action compliance, workplace violence, reasonable accommodation, unfair competition, and reductions in work force. Ms. Daijogo represents employers in adminstrative actions and audits, and guides employers through all varieties of thorny issues. While her objective is to help clients avoid litigation, when claims do arise, she is skilled at negotiating and resolving disputes. Prior to deovting her practice solely to counseling, Ms. Daijogo litigated employment actions in both state and federal court.

Ms. Daijogo sits on the Board of Directors for the California Minority Counsel Program (CMCP), and co-chaired the Board in 2009.  Ms. Daijogo is a member of the Marin County Bar Association's Diversity and Labor and Employment sections and the State Bar of California's Labor and Employment Law section.

Ms. Daijogo received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1993, where she served as the Managing Director of the Moot Court Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated in the top ten percent of her class in 1989.

Kristin PedersenKristin Pedersen, Partner

Practicing labor and employment law since 1994, Ms. Pedersen now provides strategic advice and counseling to employers on subjects within the full range of employment law. Areas of Ms. Pedersen’s practice include: discrimination; harassment; wage and hour issues; trade secret, unfair competition and employee raiding issues; leaves of absence; classification of workers; employment policies; employment-related agreements; and reductions in force.

Ms. Pedersen assists clients with dispute resolution prior to litigation and defends employers against administrative charges and claims. She also counsels employers through issues involving the WARN Act and government audits. Ms. Pedersen has extensive experience performing employment investigations and conducting employee training, including harassment and discrimination prevention training and legal compliance training for managers.

Before focusing her practice solely on providing advice and counseling to employers, Ms. Pedersen defended employers in litigation disputes, including claims related to sexual harassment, wage and hour, disability discrimination, proprietary information and wrongful termination.

In 2009, Ms. Pedersen was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine.

Ms. Pedersen received her J.D. in 1994 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and the Thurston Society and served on the Moot Court Board. Before that, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, as an Echols Scholar from the University of Virginia in 1991.

Benjamin CroftBenjamin Croft, Associate

Mr. Benjamin Croft has been practicing labor and employment law since 2009. He counsels and advises clients on employmnetlaw and workplace issues, including: leaves of absence; wage and hour law background check and consumer reporting laws, and paid sick leave laws. He assists clients with pre-hire procedures, PTO and sick leave policies, leave of absence policies and forms, employment applications and other employment-related compliance practices.

Prior to working for Daijogo & Pedersen, LLP, Mr. Croft gained extensive business and management experience as Regional Vice President with The Princeton Review, where he managed business and operations in offices located in Arizona, California, and Washington.

Mr. Croft received his JD from Emory University’s School of Law in 2001. Before that, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in 1994.

In 2014, Mr. Croft was selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine.

Julie MartelJulie Martel, Associate

Ms. Martel began practicing law in 1996 as a litigator with an emphasis on employment discrimination cases.  She is licensed to practice law in both California and Oregon.  Ms. Martel has advised and represented employers in both state and federal court on claims of harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, unfair competition, and wage and hour issues.

Currently, Ms. Martel focuses on counseling and advising employers on workplace issues, including: family and medical leaves, wage and hour law compliance, reasonable accommodation, classification of workers, employment policies, and prevailing wage requirements.  She assists clients with dispute resolution prior to litigation and regularly defends employers against administrative charges and claims before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She also frequently conducts workplace investigations of employee complaints of harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Martel clerked for the Honorable Otto R. Skopil, Jr., of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Later, she was a staff attorney in the Circuit Executive’s Office of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Martel received her J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1995, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and served as Managing Editor of the Oregon Law Review.  Before that, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1989.