Masuda Funai's Board of Directors Elects New Officers

The Board of Directors of Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. has elected a new Chairman and Management Committee for 2013. Colin Hara will serve as Chairman, and the Managing Directors of the Firm are Thomas P. McMenamin, Steven L. Katz, and Nancy E. Sasamoto.

In his role as Chairman, Colin Hara will continue his focus on fostering and developing relationships with organizations and networks that enhance the profile and reach of the Firm. Mr. Hara's practice spans more than 34 years and is primarily focused in the area of corporate law. Mr. Hara is a Director and Officer of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Chicago (JCCC), as well as Vice President of the JCCC Foundation.

Thomas McMenamin will serve as the Firm's President, with a particular emphasis on the Firm's business development initiatives. Mr. McMenamin's corporate and finance practice has served both domestic and foreign companies participating in both inbound and outbound investments, acquisitions and financings in the United States, Japan, Korea, France, England and other parts of the world. After serving as President of the Japan America Society of Chicago for five years, Mr. McMenamin continues as a Governor of the Society. He also serves as an officer of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, the leading U.S.-Japan business network in the Midwest. Mr. McMenamin is also active with a number of local civic organizations.

In his role as Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Steven Katz will concentrate on the Firm's operations. He has been a member of the Firm's Litigation and Distribution & Sales groups for more than 20 years. Mr. Katz' legal expertise includes litigation, commercial and antitrust issues relating to the sale and distribution of products. Mr. Katz has been a Director of the Japan America Society of Chicago since 2008, and he is a frequent speaker on antitrust, litigation and sales/distribution topics, with a focus on issues that impact foreign companies conducting business in the United States.

In her role as Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Nancy Sasamoto will focus on professional development. She has practiced law for more than 30 years and is a member of Masuda Funai's Employment, Labor & Benefits and Distribution & Sales groups. Ms. Sasamoto has extensive experience representing employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Her trademark practice includes both the defense and prosecution of opposition proceedings and infringement claims. She is an experienced trainer and a frequent author and speaker on employment, commercial and intellectual property issues. Ms. Sasamoto was an honorary Board member of the Asian American Bar Association from 2008 through 2011, and is currently on the Board of the Asian American Bar Association Law Foundation.

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