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Kotto Dori Law Office is committed to excellence in the practice of law, especially in the field of art and entertainment law, representing clients in areas of publishing, audio-visual, stage drama, music and game. Since our founding in 2003, we have grown to be one of the leading names in the market. The firm's principal practice is divided between advice on domestic and international contracts, dispute resolution and copyright-related issues. Although the bulk of the firm’s work is in art and entertainment, our attorneys have expertise in other areas such as civil litigation, general corporate, data privacy and trademark law.


KOTTO DORI LAW OFFICE :
Minami Aoyama Point 1st Floor, 5-18-5 Minami Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062 JAPAN
TEL 813-5766-8980 / FAX 813-5466-1107
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  • LAWYERS

    Fukui Kensaku


    » Admitted
    Japan and New York

    » Education
    University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1991)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1993)
    Columbia University School of Law, New York (LL.M., 1998; Stone Scholar)

    » Professional Experiences
    Associate, Tokyo Eiwa Attorneys at Law, Tokyo (1993-1997)
    Research Scholar, National University of Singapore, Singapore (1998-1999)
    Partner, Aoyama Sogo Law Office, Tokyo (1999-2003)
    Managing Partner, Kotto Dori Law Office (2003-)
    Visiting Professor of Art, Nihon University (2009-)
    Lecturer, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (2004-) ;
    University of Tokyo (2007-2010, 2014)
    Co-Chair, Legal Deposit System Council of the National Diet Library (2015-)
    Member of Various Government Committees including, Committee of Verification, Valuation and Planning, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters of Cabinet (2015-); Committee of Copyright System in Network Society of New Era, Agency of Cultural Affairs (2006-)
    Organizer, thinkC (2006-; http://thinkcopyright.org/ )
    Author/Chief Editor, 15 books including Copyright (Chosakuken to wa Nanika, Shueisha Pub. 2005) in Japan and Korea

    KUWANO Yuichiro


    » Admitted
    Japan

    » Education
    Waseda University (LL.B., 1991)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1993)

    » Professional Experiences
    Partner, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (1993-2003)
    Partner, Kotto Dori Law Office (2003-)
    Professor, Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2006-2009); Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; San-in Law School(2009-)

    NINOSEKI Tatsuo


    » Admitted
    Japan and New York

    » Education
    New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1998)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1994)
    Hitotsubashi University (LL.B., 1987)

    » Professional Experiences
    Professor, Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2011-2014)
    Chairperson (2017-), Vice-Chairperson (2009-2010), Secretary General (2002-2006), Information Issues Committee of Japan Federation of Bar Associations
    Chairperson (2008-2009), Committee on Freedom of Information and Protection of Personal Information, Daini Tokyo Bar Association
    Partner, Kotto Dori Law Office (2004-)
    Partner(2003-2004), Associate(1999-2003), New Tokyo International Attorney at Law, Tokyo
    Associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman (Formerly Rosenman & Colin), New York (1998-1999)
    Associate, Koga and Partners, Tokyo (1994-1997)

    KARATSU Mami


    » Admitted
    Japan and New York

    » Education
    Waseda University (LL.B., 1993)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1996)
    Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1999)

    » Professional Experiences
    Associate, Tokyo Eiwa Attorneys at Law, Tokyo (1996-1998)
    Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London and Tokyo(Corporate dept. and IP dept.)(1999-2004)
    Of Counsel (2015-) , Partner (2005-2014) , Kotto Dori Law Office
    Member, International Fiscal Association (2005-)
    Outside Auditor, ULS Group, Inc. (2006-)
    Judicial Commissioner, Tokyo Summary Court (2011-)
    Chairperson (2012-2015), Vice-Chairperson (2015-), Committee on Law-related Education, Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association Mediator, Arbitration & Mediation Center of Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association (2014-)

    MATSUSHIMA Emi


    » Admitted
    Japan and New York

    » Education
    Sophia University (LL.B., 1989)
    New York University School of Law (M.C.J., 1993)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (1999)

    » Professional Experiences
    Associate, Davis & Guilbert, New York (1993-1994)
    Associate, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo (1999-2001)
    Sony Corporation, Tokyo (2001-2003)
    General Counsel, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc., Tokyo (2003-2007)
    Of Counsel (2015-) ,Partner (2008-2014) ,Of Counsel (2007-2008) , Kotto Dori Law Office
    Judicial Commissioner, Tokyo Summary Court (2012-2014)
    General Counsel, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (2014-)

    KITAZAWA Hisato


    » Admitted
    Japan and New York

    » Education
    University of Tokyo (LL.B., 1997)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2000)
    Duke University School of Law (LL.M., 2005)

    » Professional Experiences
    Associate, Naito & Shimizu, Tokyo (2000-2001)
    Associate, City-Yuwa Partners, Tokyo (2001-2009)
    Trainee, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Los Angeles (2005-2006)
    Trainee, Gianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners, Rome, Italy (2006.9-2006.11)
    Associate, Kotto Dori Law Office (2009-2011)
    Partner, Kotto Dori Law Office (2011-)

    SUZUKI Rika


    » Admitted
    Japan (inactive)

    » Education
    Keio University (LL.B., 2005)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2007)
    Completed “U.S. Business Law Academy” by Columbia Law School (2016)

    » Professional Experiences
    Associate, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto (2007-2010)
    Associate, Kotto Dori Law Office (2010-)
    Secondment to a major TV production company (2012-2015)

    KOBAYASHI Toshiaki


    » Admitted
    Japan and New York

    » Education
    University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2004)
    Keio University Law School (J.D., 2006)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2007)
    New York University School of Law (LL.M., 2013)

    » Professional Experiences
    Associate, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo (2007-2014)
    Law Clerk, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Los Angeles (2013-2014)
    Associate, Kotto Dori Law Office (2014-)
    Partner, Kotto Dori Law Office (2017-)

    OKAMOTO Kentaro


    » Admitted
    Japan and New York

    » Education
    Keio University (BEc, 1998)
    Hitotsubashi University, School of Law (J.D., 2007)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2008)
    University of Pennsylvania Law School (LL.M., 2014; Distinction)
    Wharton Business and Law Certificate (2014)

    » Professional Experiences
    Reuters Japan, Tokyo / Reuters Group PLC, London (1998-2004)
    (currently Thomson Reuters Markets / Thomson Reuters)
    Associate, Yanagida & Nomura / Yanagida & Partners, Tokyo (2009-2013)
    Associate, Matsuda & Partners, Tokyo (2014-2015)
    Associate, Kotto Dori Law Office (2015-)

    NAKAGAWA Ryutaro


    » Admitted
    Japan

    » Education
    University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2006)
    Waseda Law School (J.D., 2008)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2009)
    Universite Pantheon-Assas Paris II (LL.M. in European Law, 2017)

    » Professional Experiences
    Associate, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (2009-2012)
    Associate, Kotto Dori Law Office (2012-)
    Research Fellow, Fashion Law Institute Japan (2015-)
    Secondment to a major TV production company (2015-2016)
    Legal Counsel, Miyake Design Studio (2017-)

    HASHIMOTO Ayuko


    » Admitted
    Japan

    » Education
    Kyoto University (LL.B., 2007)
    Kyoto University Law School (J.D., 2009)
    Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2011)

    » Professional Experiences
    Associate, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise), Tokyo (2012-2013)
    Associate, Kaneko Naka and Hashimoto Patent Law Office, Osaka (2013-2016)
    Associate, Kotto Dori Law Office (2017-)