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Professional litigators win cases for Japanese companies

Feb 28, 2023

Licensed to practice in Georgia and other states, KITAGAWA & EBERT is one of the few American law firms that wins difficult disputes for Japanese business clients in federal and state court trials and arbitrations throughout the USA.

KITAGAWA & EBERT Partners Lisa Kitagawa and James Ebert

The California-based law firm represents many prominent Japanese clients throughout the United States and has lawyers licensed in California, Georgia, Texas, New York, Michigan, Nevada and Alabama, including lawyers who are among the very few lawyers in the USA who are admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Japanese businesses entrust us with complex business litigation matters and for guidance on business legal risk management. Japan headquarters often engage us directly to win sensitive and complicated matters,” said Partner Lisa Kitagawa, who is the third of only four American lawyers to have graduated from Kyoto University and also attended Tokyo University. Partner James Ebert, who also attended Kyoto University, is a lawyer and a California certified public accountant.

“In the USA, only 1% of civil cases go to trial, so very few U.S. lawyers have actual trial and arbitration experience. We have won trials and arbitrations against some of the largest law firms in the USA,” she added.

“We are respected for our winning strategies and ability to communicate persuasively and effectively with clients, lawyers, judges and arbitrators. We skillfully navigate through complex business matters so that our clients succeed and win,” she also said.

KITAGAWA & EBERT is a Japanese bilingual business practice that excels at legal strategy and technology in its  legal research, efficient analysis of documents and evidence, and litigation procedures. Other Japanese bilingual lawyers lack actual litigation or trial experience, and do not have an understanding of U.S. history, politics and business culture, according to Kitagawa.

KITAGAWA & EBERT’s mastery of technology enabled it to expand its Japanese clientele despite the pandemic. The firm represents prominent Japanese clients in a broad spectrum of industries, including energy, technology, automotive, food, logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, real estate, finance, investment, entertainment, the internet and international transactions.

“With our firm’s extensive business experience, Japanese bilingual team, skillful use of technology, and understanding of U.S. and Japan cultures, we win complex business disputes. We also have a busy transactional business practice in contracts, corporate, real estate, employment, international and other matters. We understand the complexities of doing business in the USA and provide experienced business strategies, including risk management, for our clients’ success,” Kitagawa said.

Southeastern USA 2023 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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