Mythily Sivarajah is a managing attorney at Winer, Burritt & Tillis LLP’s Oakland office. Mythily has committed her entire legal career to advocating for workers’ rights, solely representing plaintiffs/employees. She is skilled in handling civil matters of diverse complexities through all stages of litigation and has successfully represented numerous employees in her more than a decade-long career against a range of businesses and public entities.
Mythily’s interest in employment law developed while she was pursuing her undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Along with conducting extensive research on workers’ rights, she also became involved with unions and other employment organizations, which further bolstered her interest and resolve in making a difference in the lives of aggrieved and injured employees. Prior to joining Winer, Burritt & Tillis, Mythily practiced at two other litigation firms, where she successfully represented many employees in various employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, wage theft and defamation cases.
In 2000, Mythily graduated in three years with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. After working at some start-up ventures honing her negotiation skills locally and internationally, she determined to pursue her life-long interest to advocate for workers. She then attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 2007 where she won the Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law from the American Bar Association/The Bureau of National Affairs.
While pursuing her legal degree, she completed an internship with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Legal Unit, and she served the needs of many low-wage employees through her work with a local legal clinic. After graduation, she volunteered her time and services with the Centre for Women’s Development and Research in India, focusing primarily on defending the rights of domestic violence victims.
Mythily is committed to advancing the rights of workers and is actively involved with the California Employment Lawyers Association as co-chair of the mentor committee. Mythily is a first-generation Sri Lankan Tamil immigrant who has lived in the Bay Area for the past two decades. She enjoys traveling, hiking and exploring with her family, especially the bay area’s outdoors.
Mythily received her license to practice from The State Bar of California in 2007, and is also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.