Here we highlight 17 of the very best litigators for their exceptional efforts in both domestic and international civil and commercial disputes.
Most Highly Regarded
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune performs well with three listings in this chapter.
Yoshimasa Furuta is a “seasoned veteran with a strong international focus” who excels in IP and transactional disputes.
Kenichi Sadaka is a standout litigator who represents local and international companies in IP, real estate and product liability disputes.
Hiroki Wakabayashi is lauded for “making succinct and effective arguments” for a broad range of financial institutions in their commercial disputes.
Hisaya Kimura with Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu is a “senior figure who is known for forming strong arguments before courts”. He is highly sought after as counsel in M&A disputes, environmental torts and securities litigation.
Masahiro Matsuoka is a “strong employment litigator” with extensive experience representing financial institutions, luxury brand companies and manufacturers in commercial disputes.
At Vanguard Lawyers Tokyo, Kazuki Okada is revered for his 45 years of experience and first-rate labour litigation practice.
Naoki Kinami is distinguished by his four decades of experience acting for financial institutions in domestic and cross-border disputes.
Mugi Sekido at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is a go-to litigator with an encyclopaedic understanding of securities litigation proceedings.
Isomi Suzuki of Koga & Partners is a “widely respected litigator” who clients rely on in high-value M&A and insolvency disputes.
Yoichiro Yamakawa is highly esteemed for his strong commercial litigation practice and profound understanding of copyright and media law.
Tasuku Matsuo of Matsuo & Kosugi is “without a doubt one of the greatest litigators in Japan” with more than 40 years of experience litigating for telecoms companies and financial institutions.
At Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Co, Takashi Tanazawa is praised for his “strong, aggressive and thorough approach in complex litigation proceedings”, and his extensive experience in labour and employment disputes.