Japan Practice Group

Lewis Brisbois’ Japan Practice Group provides legal services that are personalized and tailored for the unique needs of our Japanese clients. Our clients include major Japanese insurers, Fortune 100 corporations, publicly traded and privately-held corporations, and small to mid-sized businesses.

With an understanding of the strong presence of Japanese businesses in the United States, our team is staffed by exceptional attorneys who have years of knowledge and experience in their fields. Our team includes both Japanese and Japanese American attorneys who are fluent in Japanese and understand Japan’s cultural nuances. Our attorneys have extensive experience working closely with Japanese businesses and are attuned to the cultural intricacies and sensitivities unique to Japanese businesses. Our team is committed to helping clients successfully navigate the complex U.S. legal system, a task which is aided by our skilled practitioners and coast-to-coast network of offices.

The attorneys of the Japan Practice Group advise and represent Japanese clients in complex legal matters, including all aspects of insurance law and insurance related services.

Areas of Practice

Products Liability
Our attorneys are experienced in representing manufacturers, distributors and retailers in a wide array of products liability litigation. We are frequently selected to represent clients as regional or national coordinating counsel in large exposure cases. We have extensive experience in handling products liability litigation involving automobiles and their component parts, motorcycles, recreational products, industrial machineries, medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs, consumer products, home appliances and elevators/escalators. Lewis Brisbois has developed a substantial practice in representing manufacturers based in Asia and is experienced in meeting the specialized needs of those concerns. Our attorneys have the language skills to coordinate with our trial counsel in the defense of Japanese entities. With a wide network of offices located throughout the United States, Lewis Brisbois is able to litigate almost anywhere.

Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
Our attorneys have extensive experience in interpreting and providing opinions on all types of insurance contracts and in representing insurers in complex coverage claims and extra-contractual, “bad faith” litigation. We provide clear, objective advice on clients’ rights and obligations under their policies. If a coverage or claim handling dispute leads to litigation, we defend our clients’ position vigorously and effectively.

General Liability
Lewis Brisbois regularly provides defense for a variety of personal injury and property damage claims. Our attorneys are skilled in handling a wide array of matters, including litigation and trial of catastrophic injury, wrongful death and significant exposure cases in the fields of construction, transportation and premises liability. We regularly and successfully defend significant economic damage claims derived from lost earnings, lost pension and benefits, and life care plans.

Employment & Labor
Our Employment & Labor attorneys are experienced in representing clients in all aspects of employment litigation, counseling, training and collective bargaining. We represent clients in labor and employment litigation, including discrimination, wage and hour, and wrongful termination. We are frequently called upon to advise clients on compliance issues regarding federal and state employment law.

Admiralty & Maritime
Lewis Brisbois’ admiralty and maritime attorneys are strategically located throughout the United States with particular focus on major ports, energy and maritime insurance centers. Our attorneys are experienced in a wide range of marine and admiralty litigation and insurance coverage and have extensive trial experience in maritime and energy matters.

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
Lewis Brisbois assists clients to navigate the complex patchwork of federal, state and foreign law, including disclosure and notification requirements. We work closely with a client’s management team, the client’s in-house counsel, law enforcement and government regulators. When necessary, our attorneys are equipped to defend litigation, including multi-district national consumer class action litigation.

Intellectual Property & Technology
Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, economic, licensing, franchising and rights acquisition. We handle transactional work including preparing and negotiating agreements relating to the creation, commercialization, licensing, franchising, and transfer of intellectual property rights. We represent clients in administrative proceedings before the USPTO, the FTC, and the U.S. Copyright Office. We also represent clients in litigation matters relating to complex intellectual property rights issues.


  • Charles Reed (Partner) - Chuck.Reed@lewisbrisbois.com, 404.991.2175

Vice Chairs

  • Yoko Yamamoto (Partner) - Yoko.Yamamoto@lewisbrisbois.com, 646.783.0976