Naomi Honda

Naomi Honda

Associate & Director of Japanese Business Development

Naomi Honda is admitted to practice law in the States of Michigan and New York, and Japan (inactive), and advises and assists a variety of legal matters for Japanese companies. Please find her bio in Japanese here.


Education & Credentials


Kyoto University

Bachelor of Laws (J.D. equivalent), 2006

Northwestern University School of Law

LL.M., 2014
• With Honor

Kellogg School of Management

Certificate in Business Administration, 2014

Bar Admission

  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Japan(Inactive)

Prominent Assignments

  • Coordinate and support firm representation of Japanese clients in all practice areas
  • Assist immigration attorneys with the legal analyses and preparation and filing of all types of U.S. visa petitions and applications (temporary, i.e., nonimmigrant E, L, H and TN visas and permanent, i.e., green cards) relating to the international movement of business personnel and families.
  • Assist corporate attorneys with establishing and maintaining business entities in the U.S., e.g., business planning, articles and bylaws, operating agreements, merger and acquisitions, and associated legal matters.
  • Assist employment attorneys with development of personnel policies for Japanese businesses and with various personnel actions, e.g., hiring, termination, and layoff of personnel, and wrongful termination legal proceedings.
  • Assist environmental attorneys with analysis of environmental license and clearance, and conduct environmental site assessment on a real property.
  • Assist real estate attorneys with review and negotiation on the various agreements relating to real properties, e.g., purchase agreements and lease agreements.

    Kitahama Partners (Osaka, Japan)
    Associate, 2007-2014

    • International Legal Counseling
      • Advised non-Japanese companies regarding various business issues in Japan, including risk analysis of new business, development of a claim management handbook and security control rules.
    • Litigation and Negotiation
      • Represented clients involving alleged product defects, contract disputes, debt collection, torts, insurance, prevention of unfair competition, and real estate cases.
    • Domestic and International Mergers & Acquisitions
      • Represented corporate clients and conducted due diligence on the other company to assess legal risks in agreements.

    Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (Osaka, Japan)
    Legal Counsel, 2011-2013

    • Product Liabilities & Recall (Litigation & Negotiation)
      • Handled a product liability lawsuit related to alleged car defects in Greece
      • Counseled on a negotiation with a supplier on allocation of recall expenses
    • Liquidation Court Procedures in Foreign Country
      • Handled liquidation procedure of a subsidiary in Australia
    • Joint Development and Joint Venture Strategy Planning and Negotiations
      • Counseled on IP protection and negotiation regarding joint development project
      • Advised on business plan, strategic structure, and legal risks in relation to a new JV
    • Contract Advice and Negotiation
      • Advised and supported negotiation on all kinds of business related contracts including purchase agreements, distributorship agreements, system development agreements, and technical support agreements
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