Managing Partner

Kensaku Yamamoto

Kensaku Yamamoto
Learn the philosophy of profession from an attorney's job

This office dates back to 1979 when my father, a patent attorney, started a patent firm. He specialized in patents and trademarks known as intellectual property and based his operations in the Kansai region, my hometown.
Reform of the judicial system is progressing in the legal sector, and the number of attorneys is rising dramatically from earlier years.

Year of Birth
GRAND FRONT OSAKA TOWER C, 3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, 530-0011
Type of business
Intellectual properties, corporate legal affairs in general, regulatory compliance, Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade, technology/media/communications and information, resolution of lawsuits and conflicts
History up to the establishment of the office

For as long as I can remember, I have always aspired to become an attorney. To no small extent, this may be the influence of my father, who worked diligently to survive the competition in the industry. I studied hard at school. After graduating from university, I passed the national bar examination on my third attempt.
I joined a major law firm in Tokyo to gain experience as an attorney. For nearly six years, I gained experience and built a track record in many different cases, with a view to joining my father's office in the future. The six years gave me the confidence I possess today, which is a great asset. Subsequently, I returned to Osaka and joined my father's office in 2012. At that time, the law firm, SHUSAKU・YAMAMOTO, was founded.

Responding to clients' requests 100%

Today, we handle legal work across a wide range of fields, including intellectual property. One of our most remarkable characteristics is the fact that more than 80% of our clients are overseas companies operating in countries such as the United States. Our workforce includes nearly 40 non-Japanese staff members, to enable us to respond to the needs of many different clients from overseas. In particular, Western clients tend to place importance on rationality. Compared to their Japan-based counterparts, they are more selective in choosing and assessing attorneys. As we have endeavored to take our legal services to a higher level, we are very thankful for being in such a severe environment. Our track record is highly and extensively regarded overseas as well as in Japan. This gives us a great deal of strength and confidence.
Most of our job offers are received in the form of text, such as via email. Besides judging an offer by text only, we try to understand the situation based on the background of the client and the case, and think over what the client wants before starting to work on it. We want to accept and satisfy clients' requests 100%. We always seek to do this.

Never forgetting care and consideration in legal work

Going forward, our operations will expand to offer all kinds of support in relation to legal work. Today, client needs a wide ranging. A law firm will not survive unless it is capable of satisfactorily meeting those needs.
Judicial reform has progressed in the legal industry, raising the percentage of candidates who can become an attorney. In other words, merely becoming an attorney is no longer sufficient to guarantee a livelihood.
This is why it is important for us to stay considerate of clients' voices and humanely defend them. While we naturally require knowledge and experience, we cannot ignore the need for care and consideration in our work. Think from your client's perspective, and you will naturally be able to identify what the client needs.
To do this, it is vital to maximize the potential of staff. It is also important to build trust with coworkers.
So, we will focus on building an environment where we can trust and fully empower coworkers. Being able to offer this kind of workstyle should enable us to provide even greater satisfaction to our clients.
A leader is an individual who accepts ultimate responsibility. I want to be a leader who is capable of offering this kind of positive environment for our coworkers, to enable them to bring out their full potential.

Kensaku Yamamoto
Kensaku Yamamoto

*Information accurate as of time of publication.


Managing Partner
Kensaku Yamamoto