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Joji Kagei serves as outside general counsel to Japanese-owned businesses. He advises on all stages of the business life cycle, ranging from incorporation and real estate initiatives, to mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, to employment and immigration law, to corporate restructurings. Joji services clients in the financial, automotive, real estate, manufacturing, transportation and food industries. He drafts, reviews and negotiates various commercial agreements, as well as analyzes, develops and implements dispute resolution strategies. During his lengthy career, Joji has also represented major banks and trading companies.


Joji counsels business clients regarding employment agreements of all types, as well as advises on strategic planning and the creation and implementation of risk-reducing employment and personnel policies, particularly those involving hiring, termination, wage and hour issues, discrimination and harassment. In addition, he assists clients in obtaining immigration classification visas for employees and executives, individuals and professionals, and permanent residency and labor certification. An experienced commercial real estate attorney, Joji represents clients on both the acquisition and sale of commercial real property. He also reviews, drafts and negotiates commercial leases for office, industrial, warehouse and retail properties.

At every turn, Joji puts the needs of his clients first. Born in the Philippines and raised in Japan, Australia, Thailand and the U.S., Joji is both bi-lingual and bi-cultural. Joji’s Japanese-owned business clients value his innate ability to serve as a critical link — from a cultural, business and legal perspective — to doing business in the U.S. Joji has conducted seminars for members of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Chicago and the Japan Business Association of Southern California. He has also conducted in-house seminars and tutorials at the request of clients and on their premises on such topics as discrimination, harassment and other employment issues; legal strategies for Japanese companies operating in the U.S.; issues affecting expatriates living in the U.S.; and the role and duties of corporate officers and directors.

Prior to joining the firm, Joji spent six years as both an Associate and Partner at the Chicago and Los Angeles offices of one of the largest global law firms in the U.S., where his practice focused on corporate and financial transactions law.



  • IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1981
  • Monmouth College, B.A., 1977


  • California
  • Illinois


  • Japanese


Represented a foreign holding company in its divestiture of office buildings and other real estate assets located in California, Utah, and Hawaii.
Guided a U.S. subsidiary of a foreign corporation in the sale of golf courses located in Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
Represented shareholders of a California corporation in connection with the sale of a San Diego area private golf and tennis club.
Guided a U.S. subsidiary of a foreign corporation in the acquisition of 100% of its partner's interest in a west coast assembly operation.
Represented a U.S. subsidiary of foreign corporation in the formation of a joint venture company to provide marine terminal services at a major west coast port.


American Bar Association
California Bar Association
Japan America Society of Southern California
Japan Business Association of Southern California
Los Angeles County Bar Association
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