Ayse Kuzucuoglu is an experienced employment litigation attorney who has handled and successfully resolved hundreds of cases in California state and federal courts and administrative agencies.  Prior to founding the AK Employment Law Office, Ms. Kuzucuoglu spent her career working at well-known international law firms, representing clients in California state and federal court litigation with emphasis on employment class actions and single-plaintiff cases involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful-termination claims.  Ms. Kuzucuoglu has extensive experience counseling some of the world's largest employers in litigation and compliance issues on a wide array of labor and employment–related matters, including wage-and-hour compliance, employee hiring and terminations, discipline, unemployment compensation and workplace policies tailored to prevent litigation.  Ms. Kuzucuoglu won multiple cases on summary judgment, one of which was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit.  

With her knowledge of the complex California and federal employment laws combined with her vast experience, Ms. Kuzucuoglu vigorously advocates for the rights of her clients after defining the client’s interests and mapping a strategy for a successful outcome.  

Ms. Kuzucuoglu is fluent in Turkish.  

Education:

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D., 2007
  • California State University, B.S., 2004, cum laude

Court Admissions: 

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 2017

Pro Bono Representations:

  • Volunteer asylum attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area; Obtained asylum for a young woman from Guatemala.

Affiliations: 

  • Member, San Francisco County Bar Association
  • Past Member, American Inns of Court, Edward McFetridge Inn and Schwartz Inn