About KLG

Read our story and meet the team

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Kumagai Law Group opened in July 2012, at its current Century City offices. Judy M. Lam, a litigation of partner of Duane Kumagai at a prior law firm, joined KLG in 2013.

Team

Duane Kumagai V-Card

Attorney at Law

Duane Kumagai represents corporate clients in all major industries, including technology, manufacturing, distribution, banking & financial, real estate, construction, entertainment, food, advertising, retail, international trade and energy. Mr. Kumagai regularly appears in the U.S. District, U.S. Bankruptcy and California Superior Courts.

Prior Law Firm Experience

Before forming KLG, Mr. Kumagai practiced for 11 years as a litigation and bankruptcy partner with the firm of Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, for seven years as the principal of the Law Offices of Duane Kumagai PC, and for six years as an associate of the law firms of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon; Dennis, Shafer, Fennelly & Creim; and Jackson & Wikle.


Education

Mr. Kumagai earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from New York University School of Law in 1985. Before law school, he studied for two years at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles and in Madrid, Spain, and then tranfserred to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. After graduating from Vassar (A.B., English, 1981), he interned for one year in the automotive paints division of Rock Paint Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of paints and chemical coatings in Osaka, Japan.


Professional and Community Organizations

2015-2016 President, Century City Bar Association; Minority Corporate Counsel Association Firm Affiliate Network; California Minority Counsel Program (past Steering Committee member); Wilshire Bar Association; The Esquire Network; Westside United Professionals (co-founder); USC Parents Council.


Pro Bono

Mr. Kumagai provides litigation and bankruptcy support to Asian Americans Advancing Justice (formerly known as Asian Pacific American Legal Center), and volunteers with various civic and academic organizations.


Professional and Community Involvement

A commercial and bankruptcy litigator with 27 years of practice experience, Duane Kumagai represents business clients in all major industries, including technology, manufacturing, banking & financial, entertainment, food, marketing & distribution, international trade and clean energy. Mr. Kumagai regularly appears in the U.S. District, U.S. Bankruptcy and California Superior Courts.



Judy M. Lam V-Card

Attorney at Law

Judy M. Lam litigates complex business disputes in the areas of banking and finance, real estate and construction, business torts, class actions and franchise. A graduate of Occidental College and Loyola Law School, Judy advances the client’s cause to the best advantage based on the particular needs of the case, be it aggressive trial advocacy or skillful negotiation.  Judy has obtained significant recovery in trials and arbitration in complex cases representing:

  • financial institutions and private lenders in disputes with borrowers,  participant banks and partners,  maximixing recovery on defaulted loans and lender liability cases
  • owners and users of real estate, real estate brokers and construction professionals
  • franchisors and franchisees in business and leasing issues
  • growth companies, closely-held companies and entrepreneurs in business fraud and partnership disputes
  • companies needing protection from anti-competitive behavior and theft of trade secrets.

She is creative and strategic in resolving multi-party fraud and investment schemes and multi-party disputes, while minimizing negative publicity and collateral consequences. A speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Judy frequently represents Asian clients in all aspects of their business planning and execution, and U.S. companies doing business in Asia or with the local Asian communities.


Professional and Community Involvement

California State Bar Litigation Section, Executive Committee
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA)
Occidental College, Board of Governors & Annual Fund Chair
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), Co-chair of 2010 National Convention, Chair of Real Estate Committee, Co-chair of Branding Committee
Asian Pacific Women’s Center, www.apwcla.org
Advancing Justice Los Angeles, Executive Advisory Councill


Awards

Southern California Super Lawyer
"Woman of Influence," Real Estate Southern California
"Outstanding Young Lawyer," Los Angeles County Bar Association
"Best Lawyers Under 40," NAPABA
"Rising Star" in litigation, Law & Politics


Melody Shabpareh V-Card

Paralegal

Melody Shabpareh received her paralegal education at the University of La Verne (Certificate in Paralegal Studies, 1997). She worked on complex litigation and bankruptcy matters at the law firms of Cox, Castle & Nicholson; Dreier Stein & Kahan and Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, before joining KLG in 2012. Ms. Shabpareh speaks English, Farsi, German and French, and holds a master’s degree in psychology. She volunteers with My New Life & Inner Growth Recovery Sober Living, Senior Smiles and the Asian Pacific Women’s Center.


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