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.
Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
- 2003, Fordham University School of Law
- 1995, Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences
Tony Andriotis is a Partner with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. His primary areas of concentration include international alternative dispute resolution, cross-border litigation, and international regulatory law. Tony has served as both Associate and Counsel with two other large US based firms and has clerked for a Senior Judge at the United States Court of International Trade. He has also completed a multi-year secondment to the Tokyo offices of the Japanese law firm of Nishimura & Asahi. He is President of the Greek Chamber of Commerce in Japan, a Member of the Board of Governors of the European Business Council in Japan, and a Board Member of the Roppongi Bar Association and the New York based Hellenic Lawyers Association. He frequently presents on issues of international arbitration and cross-border litigation at academic and professional conferences, and is an Adjunct Lecturer with Keio Law School.
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.
- 2014, Columbia Law School
- 2009, The College of Law
- 2008, The College of Law
- 2006, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Vipasha Bansal lectures on international development law and policy. She is an international development consultant, working with both government and non-governmental agencies on law and policy issues. Before moving to Japan, she worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C., covering legal aspects of the Bank's portfolio in Latin America, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. She qualified as a solicitor in 2011 after training with Linklaters LLP in London, where she focused mainly on project finance and corporate transactions in the energy sector.
Bansal holds a BA in Economics and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London). She completed the GDL and LPC at the College of Law in London, and earned her LL.M. from Columbia Law School as a Fulbright Scholar. At Columbia she was the recipient of the Edwin Parker Prize for International and Comparative Law and a James Kent Scholar. Her current research focus is on identity and access in South and East Asia.
Kate Borun specializes in corporate law, with an emphasis on commercial transactions and business law. Her areas of expertise include business-focused legal counsel, high stakes negotiations of complex transactions, and intellectual property management, acquisition and divestiture. Most recently, Ms. Borun was senior counsel at Comcast Corporation in Seattle. Prior to that, she was a senior attorney at intellectual property investment fund, Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, WA. Ms. Borun began her legal career in the Silicon Valley office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and technology transactions. She received her undergraduate degree cum laude from Duke University and her law degree magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Zeina S. Exilus
Licensed attorney in Florida State
- University of Miami School of Law
- University of Kentucky
As a Florida Bar Qualified Arbitrator and a Certified Arbitrator by the BBB, Professor Exilus has resided over hundreds of civil law arbitrations since 2010. In 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow of Class I of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy, and in 2014 was appointed and currently serves on The Florida Bar Leadership Academy Committee. Professor Exilus served the legal community in many capacities as an associate at the international law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia, as In-House Counsel to the day cruise-ship SeaEscape in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a constitutional and civil rights litigator and Staff Attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) in Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Florida. Professor Exilus received a B.S., Magna Cum Laude from University of Kentucky, Lexington, where she studied mathematics and psychology and spent the 1997-1998 academic break in Sydney and Cairns, Australia researching gender bias in Aborigines. She received a J.D., Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was on the Public Policy in Psychology Law Review, Editorial Board and as a constitutional law research assistant. Professor Exilus has been honored to receive many awards and accolades during her legal tenure including AV-Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and named a Rising Star and SuperLawyer by Florida Super Lawyers. Her languages include Arabic, English and working knowledge of Japanese and French.
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.
Attorney and Programs Director, For Empowering Women (FEW), Tokyo Japan
- 2008, University of Maryland School of Law
- 2005, Georgia Institute of Technology, magna cuma laude
Professor Sabrina Hassanali brings a unique blend of social consciousness, international experience, and business acumen to her practice of the law.
She has worked to serve the public interest through: grass-roots organizing for political participation among newly naturalized US citizens through the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; representing indigent clients in immigration, probate, and family law matters through the Georgia Legal Services Program; advocating for gender equality in health policy at the World Health Organization; empowering female entrepreneurs through programming at FEW Japan; and participating in impact litigation aimed at connecting the right to health with the environmental justice movement in Argentina.
In her undergraduate studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she majored in International Affairs and Modern Language (Spanish). She traveled to Spain and Mexico and took courses focused on international business treaties and comparative social problems. As a Leadership Law Scholarship student at the University of Maryland School of Law, Professor Hassanali also served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Technology Law. Through the school’s clinic program, she worked as a student attorney at the Maryland Intellectual Property Resource Center.
Professor Hassanali practice focuses on business and legal consulting for SMEs in the areas of real estate partnerships, diversity and inclusion, and compliance.Through her work, Professor Hassanali uses the law to advance her vision for a pluralistic, sustainable, and equitable society.
Mason Coe Hester, J.D.
Senior Associate, Thomas Consultants International Co., Ltd.
- 2011, Florida Coastal School of Law
- Mississippi State University 2007, magna cum laude
Mason Hester is an alumnus of TUJ Beasley School of Law's 2010 fall semester and has studied law in both France and the United States in addition to his time in Japan. He has been working in Tokyo as a legal English consultant since 2015 providing educational services for firms and legal departments alike. Prior to coming to Japan, Mr. Hester worked as a general practitioner handling cases ranging from criminal to contractual work in the American state of Mississippi. Specializing in litigation, he often represented low income, indigent, and similarly underrepresented individuals.
Mr. Hester's undergraduate work in the arenas of political science, philosophy, and religion underlie his strong interests in natural law and metaphysics. Between graduating from law school and entering the practice of law Mr. Hester spent five months volunteering for and living with the Tibetan community-in-exile in northern India, which documents his commitment to universal sentient rights.
William R. Huss, Attorney
Retired Managing Partner Tokyo Office, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- 1975, George Washington Univeristy
- 1971, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Approximately 40 years of corporate and commercial legal practice, 25 of which was as a resident in Tokyo, representing Japanese electronics, chemicals, pharmaceutical and retail fashion and foodstuff corporations in connection with their international business transactions involving the US, Europe, SE Asia and China. Practice focused on M&A, IP licensing and a variety of commercial contracting. Worked as a foreign associate at a Japanese law firm in the late 1970s and then at a Japanese practice NY firm in the 1980s before qualifying as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi in 1990. In 1990 opened the Tokyo office of Morgan Lewis & Bockius as Office Managing Partner. Became Tokyo Office Managing Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop in 2001.
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.
Mr. McCaskill is a US-qualified lawyer with over 20 years of experience, including over 15 years of international law practice. He has worked as a lawyer for several international organizations including the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), where he has advised on human rights laws, criminal investigations and prosecution tactics. He is currently the Chief Legal Officer and Co-Founder of SIVENTH, and a Foreign Lawyer at a Japanese law firm in Tokyo.
S. Rochelle McCrackin, U.S. Attorney
Business and Legal Strategy Consultant
- Fox School of Business Temple University, Japan Campus
- 2008, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
- 2004, Fisk University, magna cum laude
As a lawyer with a relentless appetite for learning, Professor McCrackin developed a unique career profile that enables her to seamlessly work in legal, business, and project arenas. She is a proud alumnus of Fox School of Business Executive MBA 2018 class. She consults for a range of business clients developing strategic approaches to problem solving and accomplishing goals for her clients. She is a litigating entrepreneur with experience establishing a law firm, start-up ventures, working as an associate for a Tennessee regional litigation law firm, and clerking with government agencies and Circuit Court Judges. Attorney McCrackin has practiced in state and federal courts, successfully settling matters in and outside of court proceedings.
In law school she began representing clients as a licensed student attorney for the school’s legal clinic and national innocence project helping to exonerate wrongfully convicted defendants. She was awarded for outstanding advocacy skills and pro bono service.
Prior to law school, she studied at the historical Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where she had the opportunity to publish a nationally awarded literary work and documentary in Washington D.C. as a member of a fellowship project.
She also travels for speaking engagements and workshops to motivate and inspire.
Attorney McCrackin is simply driven to provide value helping people through law, business, and all things innovative.
- 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.
Michael Mroczek, Foreign Law Partner
Okuno & Partners
- 2013, Beasley School of Law at Temple University, Japan Campus
- LL.B. and LL.M.
- 2005, University of Basel, Switzerland
Michael Mroczek is foreign law partner at Okuno & Partners – Attorneys at Law (Tokyo, Japan). His main areas of practice are International Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Law, and M&A. Michael holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Basel (Switzerland) and an LL.M. in US Law from Temple University (Beasley School of Law, Japan Campus). He is admitted as a Swiss attorney (gaikokuho-jimu- bengoshi) in Japan, and registered as a EU-lawyer with the District Council of the Bar in Warsaw (Poland). Michael is President of the Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (SCCIJ). He also lectures International Arbitration at the University of Tokyo and at Rikkyo University in Tokyo.
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.
John Price, Director, Legal Counsel
John Price serves as legal counsel at LIXIL Corporation, a housing equipment and building material manufacturer based in Tokyo where his legal practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, intellectual property and data protection. Before coming to Japan, he has worked at boutique intellectual property law firms in New York City and Alexandria, Virginia, where he drafted patent applications, advocated patent applications in front of USPTO patent examiners, drafted IP licensing agreements. He has also worked for Big Four consulting firms in the US and Japan where his practice ranged from business valuation to transfer pricing analyses global clients. He earned his Juris Doctor at Rutgers University – Camden where he was a Dean's Scholar. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering and Minor in Business Administration, with Honors, at Drexel University. He is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He also was guest lecturer in international organizations and intellectual property in the law program at TUJ and other universities in Tokyo.
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.
Joe M. Sasanuma
Corporate Counsel, Amazon Web Services Japan K.K.
- Boston College Law School
- Boston College
Joe M. Sasanuma is a corporate counsel at Amazon Web Services, where he heads the Japanese Public Sector Legal team. Prior to AWS, he was in private practice in the New York and Tokyo offices of Sherman & Sterling, where he focused on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity transactions. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter E. Doyne in the Chancery Division of New Jersey Superior Court. He graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with majors in political science and mathematics, and magna cum laude from Boston College Law School with a focus on constitution, tax and education law. He is qualified as an attorney in the states of New Jersey and New York, as well as a foreign qualified attorney with the Tokyo Bar Association, where he frequently lectures on the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. litigation system. He is fluent in Japanese.
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
- B.A. (Govt.)
- 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.