Mark J. Furuya
Clark Construction Group, LLC
(714) 427-2823






Ryan Iwasaka
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP
(310) 201-7405





Vice President:

Harumi Hata
Buchalter Nemer PC
(213) 891-0700





Vice President:

Mike H. Madokoro
Bowman & Brooke LLP
(310) 380-6519







Kira N. Teshima
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
(213) 617-4234






Emily Kuwahara
Crowell & Moring LLP
(213) 443-5556





Helton_WebImmediate Past President (ex officio):

Sabina A. Helton
Buchalter Nemer PC
(213) 891-0700





Marty Chao
Zenlayer Inc.
(909) 718-3558 ext. 1115


Catherine Endo Chuck
McBirney & Chuck
(213) 688-9100

Alex H. Fukui
California Bank & Trust
(213) 593-3192

Colin Kawaguchi
Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC
(818) 879-9700

Melissa Kurata
Parker Mills, LLP
(213) 622-4441

Jeff Maloney
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
(323) 221-8900

Audra Mori
Perkins Coie LLP
(310) 788-3238

Susan Roe
Office of the Public Defender
(213) 974-2907

Douglas Sugimoto
The Wonderful Company LLC
(310) 966-8705

Mike Suzuki
Office of the Public Defender
(562) 491-6376


Diane Tan
Tan & Sakiyama
(323) 620-7751

Kenneth Tanaka
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ
(213) 488-3754

Staci Tomita
Shumener Odson & Oh LLP
(213) 344-4200

Ayano Wolff
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | LA
(213) 977-7500

Steven K. Yoda
Walzer Melcher LLP
(818) 591-3700

Dennis T. Yokoyama
Southwestern Law School
(213) 738-6746

Stephanie Yonekura
Hogan Lovells
(310) 785-4668

Mark K. Yoshida
Asian Americans Advancing Justice | LA
(213) 977-7500 ext. 247


The Honorable Fred J. Fujioka (Los Angeles Superior Court)
Alternate Public Defender Janice Y. Fukai (Los Angeles)
The Honorable Ernest M. Hiroshige (Los Angeles Superior Court)
The Honorable Jon M. Mayeda (Ret. – JAMS Mediator)
Mr. Gilbert N. Nishimura (Partner – Seki Nishimura & Watase, LLP)
Ms. Rose Ochi (Ret.)
The Honorable Vincent H. Okamoto (Los Angeles Superior Court)
The Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd (Ret. – Second District Court of Appeals)


If you are interested in becoming involved with a JABA committee, please contact the committee chair. We welcome your involvement!

Business Lawyers Group

BLG offers programs of interest to business lawyers, including receptions with elected and appointed officials.

Eric Y. Nishizawa –
Kenneth Tanaka –

Community Concerns Committee

The Community Concerns Committee focuses on addressing various issues and concerns which affect our community at large.  The Committee will partner with various other sister bar associations and community organizations to ensure that the principles that JABA was founded on — promoting diversity and equality — to continue on.

Mark J. Furuya –
Bruce Ishimatsu –

Community Education Committee

The Community Education Committee sponsors and coordinates law days and legal clinics for the community, and partners with other community service organizations to provide legal education. The CEC also publishes the JABA Attorneys List which includes members who volunteer to be on the list for public distribution. (JABA does not endorse any of the attorneys listed.)

Sabina Helton –
Mark Yoshida –

Corporate Affairs

The Corporate Affairs committee handles corporate governance issues, including the annual meeting, elections, changes to articles of incorporation, and the bylaws.

Catherine Endo Chuck-

In-House Group

The In-House Group focuses on the needs of in-house attorneys whether it be networking, mentoring, or continuing education.

Mark J. Furuya –


JABA Eats (formerly known as the Foodie Group) is a way for JABA members to meet in a casual, social setting while trying out the delicious culinary options available in Southern California. The Group tries all types of cuisines and meets about once every two months. Suggestions are always welcome! If you are interested in planning or organizing, please contact:

Marty Chao –
Mark J. Furuya –
Melissa Kurata –

Judicial/Non-Judicial Appointments

The Judicial Appointments Committee sponsors a mentorship program matching attorneys interested in judicial appointments with members of the bench and evaluates candidates for judicial and non-judicial appointments. If you are a current member interested in becoming a judge or commissioner, or a current member of the judiciary who would like to become a mentor, please contact:

Mike Madokoro –

Law Students Committee

The Law Students Committee provide s support to law student associations at area schools in co-sponsoring conferences, seminars, and job fairs.

Susan Roe –


The Media committee maintains the JABA website, Facebook page, and LinkedIn account. If you would like your event added to the JABA calendar, have photos to share, or general inquiries please contact the administrators at:

Media Committee –

For members interested in joining the Media committee, please reach out to the individuals below:

Marty Chao –
Mark J. Furuya –
Staci Tomita –


The membership committee maintains the JABA membership list. If you would like to join JABA or renew your membership, please download the membership application.

Ryan Iwasaka –

Pro Bono

The Pro Bono committee coordinates volunteer opportunities for JABA attorneys to provide pro bono legal assistance to underserved members of the Asian Pacific American and other communities.

Alex Fukui –


The Programs committee plans a variety of programs for JABA members, including networking receptions, the annual Marco Polo night, Dodgers night, MCLE seminars, and annual holiday party/toy drive for non-profit organizations.

Alex Fukui –

Running Group

The JABA Running Club is a social group for runners, joggers, and walkers of all ages. We are a social group that strives to promote JABA’s presence and service to the Japanese community and community at large. Moreover, our frequent meet-up events and charity runs allow JABA members, friends, and family members to connect and stay active.

Gary Dote – or check us out at

San Diego Committee

The JABA San Diego Committee (SDC) provides professional networking and social events, law student support, educational opportunities, community service projects, and community outreach in the San Diego area.  SDC events are planned by and for attorneys, judicial officers, and law students in the San Diego legal community.

To learn more, please contact and follow us on Instagram @jabasd.

Lynn Whitcher –
Chiharu Sekino –

The Shin Issei/Japanese Lawyers Group

The Shin Issei/Japanese Lawyers Group committee works to foster closer relationships between JABA and Shin Issei and Japanese attorneys practicing in Los Angeles. It also provides for networking opportunities among these groups.

Harumi Hata –

Young Lawyers Group

The JABA Young Lawyers Group provides younger JABA members with networking opportunities and mentors who will provide career guidance. YLG offers a mentorship program which pairs up younger members with more experienced JABA attorneys.

Marty Chao –
Candice Shikai –
Kira Teshima –