Distinguished scholars and outstanding legal practitioners based in Japan teach in our program. The following professors have taught in the Law Program in recent years.
- 2003, Harvard Law School
- 1998, Princeton University
Kara Abramson, a specialist in international human rights law and the Chinese legal system, is a visiting fellow at Tokyo University's Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia. From 2005-2012 she served as Senior Counsel and Advocacy Director at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, a U.S. government organization mandated to monitor human rights and the rule of law in China. Abramson's work at the Commission focused on ethnic minority rights, religious freedom, and conditions in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Abramson received an A.B. from Princeton University, where she studied early Japanese history, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Abramson spent the 2003-2004 academic year researching Chinese legal education and teaching U.S. civil procedure as a Fulbright fellow to the Sichuan University Law School. Her languages include Japanese, Mandarin, Uyghur, and French.
Bruce E. Aronson
Professor of Law, Creighton University
- 1997, Harvard Law School
- 1974, Boston University, summa cum laude
Following graduation from law school, Professor Aronson engaged in research in Japan and at Columbia Law School and then entered private practice. He was a corporate partner at the New York City law firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (1989-2000), where he was co-chair of the Financial Services Group. Before joining Creighton he spent two years each as a Senior Fulbright Researcher at the University of Tokyo and as an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia Law School. Professor Aronson's current research focuses on comparative corporate governance. For the 2012-13 academic year, Professor Aronson is Fulbright Senior Research Professor at Waseda University in Tokyo.
F. Frederic Fouad, Attorney
- 1990, New York University
- 1985, University of Pennsylvania
F. Frederic (Ric) Fouad's law practice spans 25 years and combines Japan-focused commercial matters with extensive pro bono work. Ric began his career at Jones Day. He has also served in-house at Taisei Corporation (Tokyo, Japan), Lexington Corporation (Tokyo, Japan and Memphis, TN), and Spartus Capital Management (New York, NY). He was a 2009-2010 Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, and he presently serves on the advisory boards of the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College and the International Honors Program of World Learning, in Brattleboro, VT. Ric also heads Protect The Hersheys' Children, Inc., a child welfare advocacy group.
Nathan N. Frost, US Secretary
US-Japan Joint Committee, US Forces, Japan
- University of Nevada - Las Vegas
- Brigham Young University
Nathan N. Frost works as the US Secretary, US-Japan Joint Committee, which is responsible for interpreting the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement under which the US military is present in Japan. He is also a reserve US Air Force JAG.
His previous experience includes work as a government relations specialist for US Forces, Japan Plans and Policy Directorate; Chief, International Law Division, 5th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan; and Chief, Military Justice Division (same headquarters). He has had tours prosecuting and defending in US military courts-martial. During his undergraduate years, he worked as a research and teaching assistant for students studying Japanese and interned with a Tokyo-based publishing company. In law school, he returned to research assisting, focusing on US Constitutional Law. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Arizona and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego
Loyola Law School, L.A.
- UC Hastings College of the Law
- Università degli Studi, Milan, Italy
Adjunct Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, and at Loyola Law School, L.A., Professor Ghirardelli received his legal education at the Università degli Studi in Milan and at UC Hastings College of the Law where he earned an LL.M. Magna Cum Laude. Licensed in California and Italy, he worked for several years for Clifford Chance in Milan and now has his own practice in Santa Monica, California, assisting clients in a multitude of areas, such as Arbitration, Cyberlaw, Transnational Litigation and International Business Transactions. Professor Ghirardelli has taught International Commercial Transactions and International Civil Litigation at the Tokyo campus of Temple University.
Loyola Law School, L.A.
Temple University, Japan Campus
- UC Berkeley, School of Law
- UC Berkeley, School of Law
- L.U.I.S.S. University, Rome, Italy
Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University, Japan Campus, Professor Grossi graduated from L.U.I.S.S. University in Rome, Italy, in 2002. She completed her master's degree (LL.M.) and doctoral program (J.S.D.) at UC Berkeley, School of Law. From 2000 to 2002, she worked for the U.N. after which she entered private practice, working for Clifford Chance LLP and Bonelli Erede Pappalardo doing national and transnational litigation from 2002 to 2008. She worked for Judge Charles Breyer at the USDC for the Northern District of California in 2010. Professor Grossi joined Loyola Law School L.A. in 2010. Elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2011, Professor Grossi is also a member of the International Association of Procedural Law (IAPL). Her scholarship focuses on civil procedure and federal courts. Professor Grossi is currently Chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Executive Committee for the Section on Civil Procedure and has been appointed as Chair of the same Section for 2016.
Douglas L. Hymas, Managing Director, Country Executive
BNY Mellon Japan
- 1990, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
- 1987, Brigham Young University
Professor Doug Hymas serves as Japan Country Executive for the BNY Mellon Group, holding leadership positions in each of the firm's four regulated entities: manager of the Tokyo Branch; chairman of the securities company: director of the asset management company; and director of the trust bank. Professor Hymas has worked in the legal and financial sectors in Japan since 1991. From 2009 to 2014, Professor Hymas was President and CEO of ING Mutual Funds Management Company (Japan), Ltd. He has also served as President and Representative Director of Wachovia Securities (Japan); head of the Mutual Fund Sales Department at Legg Mason Securities Co., Ltd. (formerly Citicorp Securities Limited); and Legal Counsel and Director of Citigroup Asset Management's Financial Product Development Department. He specializes in international business transactions including legal structures, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, securities, tax implications, regulatory issues, and other related matters. He is Chairman of the Investment Management Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. A member of the State Bar of California, Professor Hymas is fluent in Japanese. Professor Hymas has published articles on transnational banking and international debt.
Kelly Knepper-Stephens, General Counsel
Stoneleigh Recovery Services
- 2005, George Washington University Law School
- 1999, American University
Kelly Knepper-Stephens has a background in both trial and appellate litigation. She is currently general counsel for Stoneleigh Recovery Associates, LLC, a debt recovery solutions company located in Lombard, Illinois. Her current work focuses on government regulations and compliance, civil litigation, contract law and employment law. She received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she returned as a Visiting Professor of Clinical Law and Freidman Fellow from 2008-2011. At G.W. Law, she focused on appellate work teaching in the Federal Criminal & Appellate Clinic. In 2011, she argued before the highest court in Maryland on three occasions. Her trial skills were developed as a Deputy Public Defender at the San Diego County Public Defender Office. Ms. Knepper-Stephens has also worked for the American Red Cross Litigation Department, American Civil Liberties Union Legislative Affairs Office, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Legal Department. She is currently a member of the bar in the states of California, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She speaks fluent French, proficient Spanish, and is learning Japanese.
Marcus Kosins, Jr., Attorney
Kosins Law Office, Tokyo
- 1983, Seattle University Law School
- 1980, DePauw University
Professor Kosins has spent the past 15 years in Japan and the United States representing various U.S. and foreign clients in a broad range of international commercial and transactional legal matters. Professor Kosins has particular expertise in international matters involving intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions. Drawing on his international legal experience, he has presented lectures to various legal groups on intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, copyright, and immigration law. Professor Kosins is registered as a foreign attorney in Japan and is licensed to practice law in Hawaii, Indiana, and Colorado. He also utilizes his fluency in Japanese and English and knowledge of cross-border issues to serve his international clientele.
Bryan Koslow, Esquire
- 2001, Washington University School of Law
- Mombusho Scholar
- 1996 - 1997, Fukui National University, Fukui
- 1997, Brigham Young University
After working for Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett and Abe & Matsutome Law Office, where he advised the world's premier securities houses, consulting firms, and multinational corporations on both legal and business decisions in relation to their Japan operations, Professor Koslow joined Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (currently Braxton) as a senior consultant in the Strategy and Operations division following graduation from law school. Professor Koslow specializes in corporate strategy, focusing on the financial services sector. He has advised many of the major foreign-owned life insurers in Japan on both strategic and operational issues, and has worked with securities houses and other financial institutions on a variety of business and regulatory issues. In addition, he has worked closely with the telecoms and pharmaceutical industries, and with a leading Internet service provider, leading and implementing numerous strategy and operational improvement projects on behalf of his clients. At present, Professor Koslow serves as Director of Professionals Japan, an Executive Search firm. Professor Koslow is fluent in Japanese and has lived in Japan for over ten years.
Sterlon Mason, Attorney
Lerner David Intellectual Property Law, Tokyo Office
- 1998, George Washington University
- 1995, University of Baltimore School of Law
Case Notes Editor: Intellectual Property Law Journal
- 1997, John Hopkins University
- 1989, Morgan State University
Professor Mason has been practicing in the field of Intellectual Property Law since 1994, when during law school, he interned at a Law Office of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and then became a Patent Examiner at the USPTO the following year. Currently, Professor Mason practices in all areas of intellectual property law and has extensive patent prosecution experience, including managing worldwide patent portfolios; preparing and prosecuting utility, provisional, and design patent applications before the USPTO; prosecuting international PCT applications; and procuring foreign patent rights throughout the world. His practice also includes providing freedom-to-operate, invalidity, infringement, validity, and non-infringement opinions. He works in several technologies, including: semiconductor manufacturing and processing, software, consumer electronics, metallurgical and polymer materials, as well as drug delivery systems and medical devices. He also handles post-grant proceedings (such as reexamination and inter partes review) before the USPTO. His litigation experience includes conducting discovery and drafting litigation documents. In addition, he has lectured on IP best practices for U.S. patent laws to Japanese companies and organizations here in Japan.
Gerald Paul McAlinn, Professor of Law
Keio University, Tokyo
- 1979, Cambridge University, Trinity College
- 1975, University of Pennsylvania Law School
- 1988, Temple University
Professor McAlinn is a member of the Faculty of Law at Keio University in Tokyo. He was the first foreign tenured professor of law at the University. He presently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in international business transactions and U.S. law. Professor McAlinn also serves as an adjunct professor at Tokyo University and Waseda University. Professor McAlinn has focused his writings on Japanese commercial law with an emphasis on comparative and traditional law. He is co-author of the second edition of the acclaimed treatise, Comparative Law: Law and the Legal Process in Japan. Prior to entering academia, he served as Asia Pacific regional counsel for Motorola and ARCO. In this capacity, he oversaw the legal affairs of these major multinational corporations in over 13 countries. He also served as the first director of the Temple Law Program in Japan, and serve as Interim Director of the Program in 2000-2001.
- 1999, University of California, Davis
- 1999, University of California, Davis
- 1994, University of California, San Diego
Julie Miller specializes in corporate law, with an emphasis on emerging growth companies. She is experienced in corporate formation and governance matters, venture capital financing transactions and exits via mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. Ms. Miller also has experience in the structuring, formation and representation of venture capital and other private equity funds in connection with investments in various jurisdictions. Before arriving in Tokyo, Ms. Miller practiced at the Palo Alto office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and securities law and later practiced in New York, first at a boutique corporate and securities firm and most recently at a firm focused on technology companies. During law school, Ms. Miller was the Managing Editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review.
Founder, Natori Law Office
- 1993, Graduate School of Business Administration, Georgetown University
- 1990, Graduate School of Law, University of Washington
- 1986, Admitted to the Japanese Bar
- 1982, Keio University
Katsuya Natori is founder of Natori Law Office. Before founding the law office in 2012, Professor Natori served as Vice President, Global Process Services for IBM Japan after he had served as its General Counsel. Before joining IBM, Professor Natori applied his international and legal expertise as General Counsel for Uniqlo (2001-2003), Sun Microsystems Japan (1997-2001), and Apple Japan (1995-1997), and Counsel for Exxon Japan (1993-1995). He majored in Economics at Keio University, Tokyo (B.A. granted in 1982) and soon thereafter passed the Japanese bar examination. Professor Natori was admitted to the Japanese Bar Association in 1986, after which he worked as an associate attorney at Nishimura Asahi Law Offices (former Masuda & Ejiri) for three years. Driven by the desire to internationalize his education, Professor Natori acquired an LL.M. degree from the University of Washington School of Law 1989 as well as an M.B.A. degree from Georgetown University Business School in 1993. Professor Natori also has experience working as a visiting attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine in Seattle and Wilmer, Cutler, & Pickering in Washington D.C.
Dean Page is CEO of Foreya Partners, a Tokyo based venture capital and private equity firm. His career in Asia stretches over nearly 16 years, focused on providing accounting, tax, and business advice to foreign companies doing business in Asia. Dean worked for nearly seven years in the Big 4, most recently as a partner in the Business Tax Advisory group at Ernst & Young (E&Y) in Japan. While at E&Y, he served as the inbound tax account leader (TAL) in which role he had broad responsibility for EYs relationships with its foreign multinational clients. At PricewaterhouseCoopers Japan (PwC) Dean headed the Pathfinder Group, a team that specialized in assisting foreign companies to set up in Japan. He also headed the PwC Global Visa Solutions group in Japan.
Dean is admitted as both an Attorney (England/Wales & Australia) and as a CPA (U.S. & Australia). He has taught at TUJ since 2001.
Paul Previtera, Senior International Tax Manager
Ernst & Young
- Masters of Tax
- Australian School of Tax, Univ. of NSW, Australia
- Univ. of New England School of Law, NSW, Australia
- B.A. (Econ)
- James Cook University, Queensland, Australia
Paul has more than ten years' experience assisting primarily U.S. clients in the structuring of their international operations. He has worked as a senior manager in Ernst & Young Japan's Tax practice and in the international tax group of Grant Thornton Japan, where he headed the firm's real estate tax advisory group. Before GT, he worked with a boutique international tax advisory firm in Tokyo. Paul has published numerous articles on international tax and is the Japan correspondent for Tax Notes International. He is a regular speaker at both the American Chamber of Commerce (ACCJ) and the Australia and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ). He chairs the ANZCCJ Finance & Tax sub-committee. He is admitted as an attorney in both the United States and Australia and holds a Masters of Tax from the University of New South Wales.
Catherine L. Pugh
- 2009, California Western School of Law, cum laude
- 2005, Howard University
Catherine Pugh specializes in criminal defense law, with an emphasis on civil rights and police misconduct litigation. Upon law school graduation, she was one of only ten Honors Hires for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. Ms. Pugh worked in the Special Litigation Section, specializing in “pattern and practice” investigations and litigation for: abuse under the color of law; violations of constitutional rights of the institutionalized; and, abuse of juveniles in confinement. Ms. Pugh received the Scriba Regis Award from the California Western School of Law, and was nominated for The American Society of Legal Writers Scribes Award, for her Comment, “What Do You Get When You Add Megan Williams to Matthew Sheppard and Victim Offender Mediation? A Hate Crime Law Prosecutors Will Actually Want to Use.” Before arriving in Japan, Ms. Pugh was a Trial Attorney for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.
Sharon Houle Randall
Principal, Houle Randall LLC
Professor Randall lectures on international business transactions. Professor Randall’s legal practice focuses on corporate governance, international business transactions and board advising. Prior to launching her own firm, she practiced at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, focusing on corporate and securities matters, with a particular emphasis on interested party transactions involving special committees, including transactions receiving the M&A Advisor’s Turnaround Award (2008) and a China Business Law Journal‘s Top 10 listing (2012).
She has represented Japanese clients in joint ventures, strategic alliances, project finance and U.S. regulatory requirements across a broad spectrum of industries, including energy, industrial manufacturing and banking.
Professor Randall received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Yale University with honors in history. Prior to law school, she worked in brand management at Procter & Gamble, where, among other things, she launched consumer products in Japan.
Professor Randall is a member of the board of directors of Yale’s Global Alumni Leadership Exchange (YaleGALE) and produced YaleGALE India in 2015.
Kyle B. Reykalin, Director of Review Services
- 2009, University of California, Hastings College of Law, cum laude
- 2005, University of California, Davis, cum laude
Kyle Reykalin is the Director of Review Services for UBIC Inc.'s Tokyo office. UBIC is Japan's first e-discovery company and a leader in using artificial intelligence to reduce the cost and time needed to conduct document reviews. At UBIC, Kyle draws on his litigation and counseling experience to advise Japanese companies on American discovery practices and procedures, as well as advises American law firms in the unique challenges of Asian language reviews. Prior to entering the business world, Kyle was an associate at Paul Hastings LLP in the Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets practice group, where he specialized in employee non-compete / non-solicitation agreements, employee theft of trade secrets, and civil applications of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). He also practiced general litigation at Nossaman LLP and assisted Silicon Valley start-ups with contract drafting and litigation matters at The Law Offices of Jonathan Lee. He is a member of the State Bar of California and former Associate Editor of the Employment Chapter of the American Bar Association's Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation.
Randall K. Spencer, Attorney
- 1994, Brigham Young University
- 1991, Japanese studies, Brigham Young University
Randall K. Spencer's criminal trial experience dates back to 1993 when he won his first jury trial practicing under the third-year law student rule. After graduation, he clerked for a trial court judge, and then worked four years as a public defender before entering private practice. He is a founding and managing partner of Fillmore Spencer LLC (Provo. Utah), which was initially composed of three attorneys and has grown to fifteen. For twenty-two years, he has handled all aspects of criminal cases from speeding tickets to murder. He has represented defendants in a number of nationally and internationally high profile cases. He also maintains a significant civil litigation case load. Martindale-Hubbell has recognized Mr. Spencer as an AV Preeminent lawyer. He has taught numerous CLE courses relating to criminal law and lectured at law schools. He has twice lived in Japan and speaks Japanese.
Grant B. Stillman, Legal Advisor
Asian Development Bank Institute
- 1991, Monash University (Melbourne)
- 1985, Georgetown University Law Center
- 1983, University of Melbourne (Honors)
Grant Stillman presently serves as the Legal Adviser and Senior Administrative Officer of the Asian Development Bank Institute, a nonprofit international organization based in Tokyo. He earned a doctorate in International Relations at Monash University. He obtained a Masters in Public and Private International & Comparative Law while studying as a fellow at Georgetown Law Center. He also served as a Monbusho Post-Graduate Research Fellow at the Graduate School of International Politics, Economics & Business of Aoyama Gakuin University between 1993 and 1995. Dr. Stillman is admitted to the bar in New York and Australia. He has also worked in the United Nations system, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the New York head office of the distinguished law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom. He had a midcareer sabbatical at the Geneva Institute for Advanced International and Development Studies (HEI), where he completed his book on global NGOs. In compiling over 25 years' experience in international and community law, Dr. Stillman has applied his legal skills in the United States, Japan, Australia, France, Switzerland and the Philippines. He has taught public international law, international trade law, international organizations in the law program at TUJ.
Erika Takeuchi, Senior IP Counsel
Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Attorney at Dow Corning Toray
- 2000, Columbia Law School
- Ph.D. (Biochemistry)
- 1993, The Ohio State University
- 1984, University of Tokyo
An attorney at Dow Corning Corporation, Prof. Takeuchi is responsible for managing, protecting, and fully utilizing intellectual property in the Asia/Pacific region. She previously worked as an Associate at Ropes & Grey, and was among the starting members of the firm's Tokyo office. Her practice covered a wide array of patent-related matters, mainly in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and biotech areas, ranging from patent drafting to negotiating joint research agreements. Additionally, she handled more traditional corporate law matters such as assisting in the acquisition of companies. She has also worked as an attorney at Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto. Before law school, Prof. Takeuchi was a research scientist at New York University and a chemist at Novozymes Japan. She has had a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has taught international intellectual property at TUJ.
General Counsel, GE Capital Japan
- 1992, Yale Law School
- 1994, Osaka University
- B.A. (Govt.)
- 1988 Colby College
Following graduation from law school, Ms. Taniguchi entered private practice. She was a corporate associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Hong Kong, and worked on banking, fund management and securities offering transactions. Following private practice, from 1998 to 2009, Ms. Taniguchi served as investment banking counsel at three U.S. financial institutions, covering M&A, lending and securities offering deals across Japan and Asia. She joined GE as General Counsel of GE Capital Japan in 2009. In 2015, Ms. Taniguchi taught international Finance at the Temple University Beasley School of Law Tokyo Campus. She is admitted to the bar in the State of New York.
Stanley Yukevich, Partner
Morrison & Foerster
- 1993, University of California, Los Angeles
- 1986, Harvard University (magna cum laude)
Professor Stan Yukevich, a partner at the Tokyo office of Morrison & Foerster, lectures on international contract drafting, securities, and related matters. Professor Yukevich's legal practice focuses on business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, equity investments and securities offerings. He is a member of the State Bar of California. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1986 and his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993, where he was Chief Articles Editor of the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal.