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.
TMI Associates, Foreign Legal Counsel
- 1996, University of British Columbia
- Education Abroad
- 1996, University of California, Hastings, College of the Law
- 1991, University of Western Ontario (Administrative and Commercial Studies; Financial and Economic Studies)
Mr. Arthur has also worked as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers Japan, as in-house counsel at a California corporation, and as a lawyer at other law firms in California, Japan and Ontario.
Mr. Arthur is fluent in Japanese.
He is admitted to the bar in California and Ontario, and is a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi).
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.
Doug Hymas, President/CEO
ING Mutual Funds Management Company (Japan), Ltd.
- 1990, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
- 1987, Brigham Young University
Professor Doug Hymas serves as President and CEO of ING Mutual Funds Management Company (Japan), Ltd. Prior to this appointment, he served as President and Representative Director of Wachovia Securities (Japan). He has also previously served as 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. Professor Hymas has over 15 years international experience in the legal and financial sectors in Japan. 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 a member of the State Bar of California and fluent in Japanese. Professor Hymas has published articles on transnational banking and international debt.
Scott Imaye, Attorney
Matsuo & Kosugi
- 1997, University of Southern California
- 1994, Boston University
Professor Scott Imaye is a registered foreign attorney (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi) in Japan. As a foreign attorney at Matsuo & Kosugi, he assists Japanese, U.S., European, and multinational clients with the legal complexities associated with international business transactions and transnational litigation. Professor Imaye is a licensed attorney in the State of Hawaii and has previously worked as an attorney at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing in Honolulu as well as a legal counsel to Sumitomo Chemical Company in Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese and teaches negotiations and business law here at TUJ.
Edward S. "Ted" Johnson, Partner
Corporate Department, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP
Edward "Ted" Johnson's practice focuses on strategic transactions and relationships including joint ventures, M&A, private equity investments, restructurings and investment fund platform structuring for strategic, fund and institutional investors in Japan and globally. Many of the projects he handles are technology and intellectual property driven transactions, including in the semiconductors, telecommunications, media and biotechnology industries. He also has extensive experience representing private equity investors in hotel and resort investments.
Mr. Johnson is an Adjunct Professor at Keio Law School and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy of Hitotsubashi University. He is the co-author of a casebook on Japanese law, Law and Investment in Japan: Cases and Materials (Harvard Univ. Press, 2d ed., 2001) and a former Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Scholar in East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. Mr. Johnson, who is a graduate of Harvard Law School, is licensed in California and Georgia, admitted to practice in Japan as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi (Licensed Foreign Law Specialist) and a member of Daini Tokyo Bar Association
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.
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.
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.
- 2004, University of Maryland School of Law
- 1998, Howard University
Tina Saunders is experienced in handling civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout the U.S. Following law school, Ms. Saunders was a law clerk for the Honorable Lynne Battaglia, Maryland Court of Appeals, which is the highest court in Maryland. She then entered private practice working at Venable LLP in Baltimore, Maryland. She focused on complex commercial and pharmaceutical/medical device litigation, primarily representing clients as national counsel in class action and multi-district litigation.
Ms. Saunders is admitted to the Maryland bar and teaches civil procedure and torts at TUJ.
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.
Geoffrey Wexler, Chief, International Division
- 1993, Columbia Law School
- 1986, Stanford University
Jeff Wexler leads the International Division at Studio Ghibli. His work include negotiations for distribution of the Studio's films, music and publications worldwide, acquisition of story rights, production of foreign-language versions of the Studio's films, and support of the Studio's various international initiatives. Prior to joining Studio Ghibli, Jeff was the lead regional in-house counsel for The Walt Disney Company's internet businesses, for Asia Pacific based in Tokyo and for EMEA based in London, after private practice experience in Tokyo and Silicon Valley.
Specialties and experience include technology and content creation and distribution, complex licensing, online, mobile and e-commerce services, royalty and tax structuring, strategic corporate transactions (acquisitions, corporate alliances), privacy, and brand and rights protection.
Jeff has served as an Adjunct Professor at Keio Law School, and is licensed to practice as an attorney in California and as a solicitor under the laws of England and Wales.
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.