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Hideaki Sano

Of Counsel    P: (248) 679.8711    E: sano@spplawyers.com   linkedin

Hideaki Sano is Of Counsel at Salvatore Prescott & Porter, PLLC. He has a diverse litigation practice that focuses on employment law, civil rights litigation, and complex civil litigation. He has litigated, tried, and arbitrated a variety of cases including race, gender, age, and disability discrimination and retaliation cases, federal and state whistleblower cases, and employment-related tort cases.

Hide also has a breadth of experience in handling complex civil litigation matters. He has litigated cases dealing with non-competition agreements and restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duty and minority shareholder oppression, tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets, and general breach of contract.  Hide has also represented clients in white collar litigation, including in health care civil infractions and regulatory compliance matters.

hide-standingHide has appeared in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitrations.  He has represented a variety of clients including Fortune 500 companies, senior executives and management, physicians, large non-profit organizations, tech start ups, global construction firms, professional athletes, as well as everyday people.

Prior to his affiliation with Salvatore Prescott & Porter, PLLC, Hide worked at Thelen in San Francisco, Miller Canfield in Ann Arbor, and Honigman in Detroit, as well as at the Law Office of Sue Ellen Eisenberg in Bloomfield Hills, an employment law boutique. He is originally from California, and continues to maintain an active California practice. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of employees and employers in discrimination, whistleblowing, and retaliation litigation.
  • Representation of shareholders and businesses in corporate governance issues, including breach of fiduciary duty and minority shareholder oppression cases.
  • Representation of individuals in civil rights litigation.
  • Representation of employees and employers in sales commission cases.
  • Representation of employees and employers in non-compete and trade secrets cases.
  • Representation of medical professionals, medical staff, and health care organizations in wrongful termination and medical staffing matters.
  • Representation of corporations and businesses in civil matters related to federal, state, and agency investigations and civil infraction proceedings.

Selected Publications

  • Workplace Bullying From a Plaintiff’s Perspective – Spring 2012: Labor and Employment Section – State Bar of Michigan.
  • Annual Survey of Michigan Law June 1, 2004 – May 31, 2005:  Criminal Procedure, 52 Wayne L. Rev. 543 (2006).
  • Annual Survey of Michigan Law June 1, 2003 – May 31, 2004:  Evidence, 51 Wayne L. Rev. 779 (2005).
  • Annual Survey of Michigan Law June 1, 2002 – May 31, 2003:  Evidence, 50 Wayne L. Rev. 575 (2004).
  • Judicial Abuse of “Process”:  Examining the Applicability of Section 2F1.1(b)(4)(B) of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to Bankruptcy Fraud, 98 Mich.L.Rev. 1038 (2000).

Bar Admissions

Hide is a member of the bars of Michigan and California, and is also admitted to practice in the Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Words from our clients

I hired Ms. Chaney to negotiate a settlement with my employer after an unexpected termination. She was professional, responsive and kind. She is able to piece together information to determine my history of the working relationships between myself and work colleagues in order to develop the best achievable outcome for me. This insight was the most impressive and made me realize how fortunate I was to have been referred to her … This was the most difficult experience of my career and Ms. Chaney helped me navigate it with compassion and understanding … I will have Ms. Chaney review any and all employment contracts for me in the future to avoid making the mistakes I have made this time without her.