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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

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

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)

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-)
Part-time secondment to a major TV production company (2016-2017)
Partner, Kotto Dori Law Office (2017-)
Member, Japan Sports Law Association
Member, The Copyright Law Association of Japan
Lecturer at Kobe University Graduate School of Law
Lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts
FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Certified Agent

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-)
Partner, Kotto Dori Law Office (2018-)

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-)
Secondment to a major TV production company (2018-)

IDEI Hajime


» Admitted
Japan
» Education
Waseda University (LL.B., 2013)
Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2015)
» Professional Experiences
Associate, Anderson Mori & Tomothune Law Firm (2015-2018)
Associate, Kotto Dori Law Office (2018-)

MATSUZAWA Kuninori


» Admitted
Japan
» Education
University of Tokyo (LL.B., 2011)
University of Tokyo, School of Law (J.D., 2013)
Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan (2015)
» Professional Experiences
Associate, Toranomon Sougoh Law Firm (2015-2018)
Associate, Kotto Dori Law Office (2018-)
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