The attorneys in Buchalter’s Japan Practice have been providing legal, corporate and transactional advice to businesses and individuals conducting business in Japan, and Japanese businesses conducting business in the United States, for over three decades. With a deep understanding of Japanese culture and practices, we pride ourselves on providing practical and effective advice and enjoy a highly-respected reputation in the Japanese markets.
Our attorneys provide legal counsel to a broad range of industries including, apparel, automobile parts, tires, industrial and consumer chemical products, computer hardware and peripherals, computer software, imaging devices, robotics, online services, pharmaceuticals, food and food supplements, restaurants, real estate development, machine tools, and hand tools.
Litigators in our Japan Practice litigate on behalf of clients in breach of contract, products liability, employment, general business and commercial litigation, trade secrets, and other litigation matters. Transactional experience includes, negotiating and drafting various business agreements, including joint venture, manufacturing, sales, purchase, independent contractor, non-disclosure, employment and other agreements. Our attorneys also provide labor and employment advice including, handling employee investigations. Furthermore, we also have experience with advising companies regarding legal issues that come up in day to day business operations, often acting in the capacity of outside general counsel.
A unique aspect of our practice, we are able to count an attorney who previously managed the Tokyo office of a large, international law firm and served as Director of Business and Legal Affairs for The Walt Disney Company Japan among our ranks. Our attorneys have also extensively both lived and worked in Japan. Further, the Group’s Chair, Sabina Helton, currently serves as the President of the Japanese American Bar Association. Ms. Helton served as President Elect in 2015 and has been a Governor since 2003.