Asa W. Markel

Principal, Los Angeles
Phone: 310.630.5900

Asa Markel is a dual-qualified U.S. attorney and English solicitor (non-practicing). He is a member of Masuda Funai's Litigation and Business practice groups and is the Chair of the Distribution and Sales practice group. Mr. Markel leads the firm's International Trade and Logistics Team. He brings over thirteen years' experience in civil litigation, encompassing first chair jury and bench trials, appellate arguments and arbitrations. His courtroom experience includes business disputes, professional liability, admiralty and transportation, construction, and employment. In addition, he advises foreign and domestic businesses on their supply contracts, distribution arrangements, customs matters, export regulatory compliance, government contracts, and protection of trade secrets.

Prior to joining Masuda Funai, Mr. Markel practiced maritime and transportation law in Long Beach, California where he provided counsel on cargo damage claims, the professional liability of forwarders and customs brokers, marine insurance coverage issues for American, British, and Japanese insurers, and international sales contracts. He spent the previous seven years with a boutique civil litigation practice in Arizona.

Mr. Markel was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers-Rising Stars for Southern California Business Litigation from 2012 through 2017.

In 2006, he was admitted to practice law as a solicitor before the courts of England and Wales and remains a non-practicing member of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a major machine tool importer on prior disclosure to U.S. Customs for $10 million worth of entries.

  • Successfully obtained a discovery order in U.S. district court against a major Silicon Valley consumer technology company on behalf of a publicly listed Japanese company for use in Tokyo District Court litigation.

  • Facilitated the set-up of U.S. branch for U.K.-based IT firm.

  • Oversaw discovery in multiple states for California litigation involving a major domestic freight carrier.

  • Represented a multistate developer of apartment complexes in several commercial and employment disputes.

  • Successfully defended a real estate brokerage at trial against negligence claims by a defaulting home seller.

  • Represented U.S.-based freight forwarder in a settlement with an international aluminum trader.

  • Obtained a summary judgment dispensing with punitive damages claim in an infant wrongful death case for a major commercial landlord in federal district court.

  • Obtained a dismissal under head of state immunity doctrine of commercial dispute involving a foreign cabinet minister.

  • Successfully reversed a trial judge's discretionary certification of a partial judgment in a $50 million construction dispute.

  • Advised an international steel trader on U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations.


    • Maritime Attachment: An Expanded Remedy for Overseas Judgment Creditors, LOYOLA MARITIME LAW JOURNAL, vol. 15 (2017) (forthcoming)
    • Japanese Judgments and the Common Law of Preclusion, LAW & PRACTICE, vol. 8, p. 235 (Waseda Univ. Aug. 2014)
    • English Court Paves Way For Primacy of American Fuel Supplier Claims, INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER, No. 4, p. 4 (Am. Bar Assoc. Jul. 2011)
    • American, English, and Japanese Warranty Law Compared: Should the U.S. Reconsider Her Article 95 Declaration to the CISG?, PACE INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW, vol. 21, p. 163 (2009)

Practice Areas


  • University of Arizona Rogers College of Law , J.D., 2003
  • Northern Arizona University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2000


  • California
  • New York
  • England & Wales , (non-practicing)
  • Arizona
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Professional Activities

  • Foreign Trade Association of Southern California
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association


  • Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2012-2017