KLG Team

Meet the KLG legal team

Attorneys

Duane Kumagai V-Card

Attorney at Law

Duane Kumagai is a careerCalifornia litigator, with 30 years’ experience handling breach of contract, real estate, business ownership, complex collections,business fraud, fraudulent transfer and lienholder disputes. An expert on remedies, Duane frequently speaks to attorney groups on attachments, receiverships and enforcement of judgments. He has tried cases in the U.S. District, U.S. Bankruptcy and state courts.

Duane’s clients hail from the United States, Asia and Europe, and represent all industries, including technology, manufacturing, distribution, banking & financial, real estate, automotive, construction, apparel, entertainment, franchising, food, advertising, retail, international trade and energy.

Duane strives in every case to deliver first-class representation and optimal results at a reasonable fee. He believes that intelligent strategies and swift, decisive action are the keys to success in business litigation.

Prior Firms

Before forming KLG, Duane practiced as a partner with the law firm of Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff, and as an associate of the law firms of Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon; Dennis, Shafer, Fennelly & Creim; and Jackson & Wikle.


Education

Duane received his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1985. He graduated from Vassar College in 1981, with and A.B. in English, following two years as an undergrad at the University of Southern California.


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.


Professional and Community Organizations

Century City Bar Association, Governor and 2015-2017 President; Minority Corporate Counsel Association; California Minority Counsel Program (former Steering Committee member); Wilshire Bar Association; The Esquire Network, Moderator; Westside United Professionals (co-founder); USC Parents Council.
Mr. Kumagai provides pro bono litigation support to Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and volunteers with various civic and academic organizations.


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.


Judy M. Lam V-Card

Partner

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 is also a trained mediator and arbitrator. 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
“2017 Alumni Seal Award,” Occidental College
“Higginbotham Fellow,” American Arbitration Association
“Jeanne P. Gray Diversity Scholarship,” ABA Center for Professional Responsibility


Richard C. Macias V-Card

Of Counsel

Richard C. Macias brings more than 35 years of experience to the firm. Businesses and individuals benefit from his depth of knowledge in commercial law and business litigation. Richard represents financial institutions, manufacturers and trade suppliers in matters involving negotiation and drafting of business contracts, contract enforcement lawsuits, debt recovery, bankruptcy, antitrust compliance, contract terminations, appeals and e-commerce and technology issues. Richard also prepares personal and business fiduciary selection documents, including comprehensive powers of attorney. Heearned anAV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Education

Richard holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School (1975), where he was a member of the Harvard Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review. He earned a B.A from Pomona College in 1972. He is a graduate of the Elder Law College. Richard is admitted to practice in California and Colorado.


PriorExperience

Richard has worn many hats throughout his extensive legal career. Prior to entering private practice, he served as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Los Angeles City Attorney. Richard was later appointed as Special Counsel to the City Attorney. He also served as an Assistant Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, teaching courses in litigation procedure, trial practice skills, negotiation, legal writing, and legal ethics. Richard was a partner with Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon for 10 years, practicing in commercial and business litigation. Earlier in his career, he was associated with Mori & Ota and practiced general business litigation.


Professional and Community Organizations

Richard is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and the American Bar Association. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property, Internet and New Technology Section of the BHBA. Richard iscurrently a member of the Credit Certificate Program Advisory Board for the UCLA Extension, Business, Management and Legal Programs. He is also a member of the Anti-Defamation League of Los Angelesand active participant on its Latino-Jewish Roundtable.



Interested in a consultation?

We look forward to hearing from you and are ready to assist.