For over twenty years, Eldon Kakuda has represented large and small corporations established in the U.S. and owned by foreign shareholders. He often serves as general outside counsel for clients that do not have internal legal departments. As such, he advises clients on a variety of legal matters, including contract review and negotiations, corporate establishment and maintenance, employment matters, pre-litigation strategy and immigration matters. Mr. Kakuda's clients come from a wide range of industries, including machine tool manufacturing, professional consulting, industrial printing technology, automobile parts supplier and electronic components manufacturing.
Mr. Kakuda serves as Vice Chair of the Immigration Group and has focused his immigration practice on representing employers in obtaining work-related visas, both immigrant and nonimmigrant, for its employees. He assists with the preparation and processing of E-1, E-2, L-1, H-1 and H-3 petitions and visa applications with the various U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (f/k/a Immigration and Naturalization Service) offices, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and U.S. Consulate in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Kakuda is a frequent speaker on various immigration issues, including E and L-1B nonimmigrant visa processing, along with changes in processing standards.
As a member of the firm's Employment & Labor Group, Mr. Kakuda drafts, reviews and counsels corporate clients regarding employee personnel policies and procedures, including anti-harassment and electronic communication policies. He advises and assists clients in handling employee terminations and disciplinary actions to comply with various federal, state and local laws and regulations. In addition, he represents employers responding to charges made by employees to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.