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Colin Hara counsels clients on a broad range of corporate issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, the establishment of corporations and LLCs, distribution and sales agreements, and technology transfers. He also advises on employment and labor practices such as reviewing, drafting and negotiating employment agreements and developing human resource policies and strategies. In addition, he assists with immigration matters pertaining to work-related visas, including employment authorization and non-work applications for spouses.

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For more than three decades, Colin has totally dedicated himself to finding the best possible solution for his clients. With a focus on ensuring each client’s issues are immediately recognized and properly addressed, Colin is most valued for his innate ability to bridge cultural and language gaps. Working mostly with Japanese companies, Colin strives to respond quickly and with the right advice to foreign-owned business clients operating in the U.S.

Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Chicago, Colin is a long-time Director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago (JCCC) and the JCCC Foundation. Colin has lectured on employment and personnel issues affecting Japanese and other foreign companies conducting business in America. He has presented on multiple occasions at the annual State of Illinois foreign direct investment seminars, and has worked with other state and regional development organizations on foreign direct investment opportunities.

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  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Loyola University, B.A. English, 1973


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: 7th Circuit
  • Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Ohio


  • Japanese


Counseled a Japanese company on post-acquisition integration issues relating to a U.S. automobile parts manufacturing operation.
Advised a Japanese company on the reorganization and transfer of a U.S. engine distribution operation.
Represented a Japanese industrial machine manufacturing company in the negotiation and consummation of the asset purchase agreement of a machinery distribution and service company.
Advised and negotiated on behalf of a Japanese chemical company in the restructure of a Japanese specialty chemical production and sales joint venture with a U.S. company.


American Bar Association
Japan America Society of Chicago
Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago (JCCC) & JCCC Foundation - Director
Professional Activities
Masuda Funai Attends 50th Anniversary Celebration of Japan's Consuls-General Chicago Residence
On April 18, 2018, Colin Hara, Dayne Kono, Joji Kagei and Dick Briggs of Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell Ltd. attended the 50th…
Masuda Funai Hosts The Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted a welcome reception for the delegation from Osaka, consisting of approximately 12…


  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2006-2007
  • Leading Lawyers, 2015-2018