Shuji Yamaguchi is a highly regarded figure in the shipping space thanks to his deep knowledge of cargo claims, disputes and transport claims.
Shuji Yamaguchi graduated from Kyoto University and qualified in 1982. He worked in Akagi Law Firm and Clyde & Co, UK, and established Okabe & Yamaguchi in 1990.
He handles cargo claims, charter party disputes, aviation claims, domestic transport claims, maritime insurance claims, litigations, arbitrations and other maritime-related cases. He is a regular speaker at several international conferences, including the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, the International Union of Marine Insurance, the Asian Maritime Law Conference, the International Dispute Resolution Conference and the Cargo Recovery Conference. He was the chair of the maritime law committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association from 2009 to 2011.
He is a counsellor of the Commercial Code (Transport and Maritime Law) for the Ministry of Justice, and a professional partner of the International Union of Marine Insurance. He is also a member of the Maritime Law Association, the International Private Law Association, the Aviation Law Association and the Association of Average Adjusters of Japan. He is also an arbitrator of the Tokyo Maritime Arbitration Commission and the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association.
He is a co-author of, and contributor to, International Cargo Insurance (Informa), Maritime Law Handbook (Kluwer), Getting the Deal Through: Shipping, Hanrei Commentary of Civil Code Vol. 1 General Rules (Seirin Shoin), Yoken Jijitsu Taikei Maritime Law (Daiichi Hoki), New International Jurisdiction Law from practical points of view (Shoji Homu), Rotterdam Rules in Asia Pacific Region (Shoji Homu) and Handbook for International Multi-Modal Transport (JIFFA).
In The Legal 500, Okabe & Yamaguchi is described as one of the biggest shipping law firms in Japan and ranked in the top tier. The guide states that “Shuji Yamaguchi is an extremely experienced shipping lawyer”.