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 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 2016.
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.