Colin Hara

Chairman, Chicago
Phone: 312.245.7500

For more than thirty years, Colin Hara has been representing and advising clients on a broad range of corporate issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, establishment of corporations and LLCs, distribution agreements, technology licensing and technology transfers.

Mr. Hara's employment and labor practice includes reviewing, drafting and negotiating employment agreements, as well as the development of corporate human resource policies and employee handbooks.

In addition, Mr. Hara represents clients in all types of immigration matters pertaining to work-related visas, including employment authorization visas and non-work applications for spouses.

Mr. Hara is a Director of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago (JCCC) and the JCCC Foundation. He has spoken on employment and personnel issues affecting Japanese and other foreign companies conducting business in the U.S. He has presented at several annual State of Illinois foreign direct investment seminars, and has worked with other state and regional development organizations on foreign direct investment opportunities. 

Representative Matters

  • 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.

Practice Areas


  • Japanese


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


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Ohio
  • Supreme Court of Ohio

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Japan America Society of Chicago
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago (JCCC) & JCCC Foundation, Director


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