Naoki represents clients in the food and beverage, personal care, technology, automobile, and pharmaceutical industries in cases throughout the country. He has significant experience defending clients in class actions and multidistrict and consolidated mass tort litigation.

Naoki generally defends clients against product liability, breach of contract, and consumer protection claims, including those brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act. He also counsels and defends clients against claims involving California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Prop. 65). Naoki’s experience includes all phases of litigation, including trial and trial preparation, and where appropriate, he has successfully negotiated the early and efficient settlement of both one-off and class action matters.

Publications and Presentations 

Courts Should Not Substitute Party Status for Personal Jurisdiction in Class Actions, Corporate Disputes, January-March 2021 (with Jim Muehlberger and Kyle Steingreaber).

Growing Pains: Cannabis and California’s Consumer Claims, Cannabis Law Journal, October 2020 (with Edd Gaus).

Prop. 65 Compliance for Growers, Shippers and Producers, Webinar, Western Growers Association, October 2018 (with Paul La Scala and Emily Weissenberger). 

Trends in Consumer Goods Class Action Litigation, Grocery Manufacturers Association 2018 Legal Conference, February 28, 2018 (with Jim Muehlberger). 

Media Coverage

The Plaintiffs' Bar Is Definitely Not Sleeping: Naoki Kaneko Sees a Rise in Labeling Demands, The Recorder, June 30, 2021.