Cabada & Hameed LLP
1055 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 500
Pasadena, CA 91106
Telephone: (626) 204-4080
Fax: (626) 240-4699

Sayema Hameed is a partner in the law firm Cabada & Hameed LLP. Ms. Hameed’s legal practice encompasses labor and employment matters and general business disputes. With extensive experience in and out of the courtroom, Ms. Hameed has successfully represented businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals. Ms. Hameed communicates with her clients from the outset to understand their needs and goals and to develop a strategy to achieve their desired outcomes.

Practice Areas

Over the past decade, Ms. Hameed has successfully tackled disputes in a wide array of industries, including health care, education, food and beverage, education, and manufacturing. Her experience with general business matters includes contract disputes and business torts such as fraud and interference.

In the employment arena, Ms. Hameed has handled wrongful terminations, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and wage and hour matters (including class action prosecution and defense), as well as the preparation of employee handbooks, employment contracts, severance agreements and confidentiality agreements.

Professional Background

Ms. Hameed began her legal career at the international law firm White & Case LLP, where she practiced business and employment litigation and rose to a senior associate position while working on numerous state and federal court trials and appellate matters.  Ms. Hameed later joined the national labor and employment law firm Littler Mendelson, P.C., where she worked exclusively on employment defense matters.

Community Service

As a Pakistani-American attorney, Ms. Hameed is committed to giving back to her community. From 2006 through 2009, Ms. Hameed served on the Board of Directors of the non-profit South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation. From 2012 through 2015, Ms. Hameed served on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin in Southern California.

Between 2013 and 2016, Ms. Hameed served on the Board of Trustees of Foothill Country Day School, an independent K-8 school, located in Claremont, California, of which Ms. Hameed is a proud alumna.  Ms. Hameed also served as a volunteer poll monitor for the nonpartisan group Election Protection in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

Education and Bar Admissions

Ms. Hameed earned her J.D. with a Business Law Specialty from UCLA School of Law in 2002. She received her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University in 1999.

Ms. Hameed is admitted to practice law in the state of California, including all the state courts, the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

A member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Ms. Hameed has completed LACBA’s 30-hour mediation training and is available to mediate your business or employment dispute.

Representative Matters
  • As co-counsel in certified wage and hour class action, obtained seven-figure settlement on behalf of class of insurance claims adjusters.
  • Won motion for summary judgment on behalf of physician shareholders of dialysis center in defense of lawsuit brought by administrative company alleging breach of contract, interference with economic relations, and unfair business practices related to contracts to provide on-site dialysis services to inmates housed by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  Affirmed by California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal. Thereafter won motion for attorneys’ fees and costs of nearly $300,000.
  • Achieved successful settlement of dispute between post-production company and producers of Discovery Channel television series.
  • Represented a beverage company in dispute against former business partner concerning unlawful conversion of beverage product worth $200,000. Obtained temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting defendants from taking further action with respect to the beverage product. Thereafter obtained permanent injunction and stipulated judgment that Power Beverages is the sole owner of the beverage product at issue. The permanent injunction and judgment in its favor enabled Power Beverages to successfully regain possession and control of the product.
  • Resolved and dismissed a $400,000 breach of contract lawsuit against client web design company.
  • Representation of numerous employers against wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases alleging violations of various employment laws including FEHA, Title VII, FMLA, etc.
  • Representation in federal court of a large religious and charitable organization in defense of federal and state employment discrimination claims brought by former ministers. Ms. Hameed prepared successful motions to dismiss the lawsuit.
  • Representation of a baking conglomerate in defense of employment-related claims brought by more than two dozen delivery truck drivers. Ms. Hameed prepared successful motions in limine resulting in the exclusion of the drivers’ $70 million damages claim. After plaintiffs’ opening statement, the court granted a motion for nonsuit, resulting in a complete victory for the client.
  • Representation of a medical group in financial disputes with hospital, spawning four lawsuits and five separate bench trials over the course of several years. The parties’ disputes stemmed from the unraveling of contracts involving the medical group, hospital, and a health maintenance organization to provide exclusive health care to Medicare-eligible senior patients in a geographic area of Southern California. The first trial resulted in a $3.2 million win for the medical group.
  • Representation in federal court of a large Singaporean electronics manufacturing company seeking payment for product it manufactured and delivered to defendant. Defendant filed counterclaim alleging defective manufacture and sought $95 million in lost profits. Participated in all aspects of case from preparation of complaint through trial, including preparing key witnesses and examining third party witnesses in trial. Following bench trial, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California awarded nearly $2 million in damages to the manufacturer and denied recovery to the defendant.