Mr. Suyama's primary areas of practice are dispute resolution, commercial transactions, and corporate matters.
Mr. Suyama has substantial experience in litigation and dispute resolution concerning intellectual property, trade secrets, labor and employment, and other business disputes. As an attorney familiar with both U.S. and Japanese business cultures, Mr. Suyama has a deep understanding of how each culture thinks and behaves, and this understanding has allowed him to effectively assist Japanese clients through all phases of litigation.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Suyama was a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen, and holds a license as a certified public accountant.
- Represented a Japanese logistics company in its acquisition of a U.S. logistics company and affiliates in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
- Advised a Japanese operator of a social fashion shopping website on its strategic investment in a U.S. operator of a group of online shopping websites.
- Advised a Japanese manufacturer of optical glass in its reorganization of numerous branches and subsidiaries in the U.S.
- Advised a Japanese engineering and electronics company in its acquisition of a hard disk drive business from a U.S. computer hardware company.
- Represented a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation in an action brought by members alleging unfair election procedures for its board of directors.
- Represented a Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer in an action against numerous companies for infringement of patents relating to digital television technology in front of the International Trade Commission.
- Represented a Japanese engineering and electronics company in an action alleging the theft of trade secrets relating to flash memory technology.
- Represented a Japanese information technology equipment and services company in an action alleging infringement of patents relating to battery packs and systems used in notebook and pen-based computers.
- Represented a Japanese logistics company in an action brought by a former human resources manager alleging race and national origin discrimination, sex discrimination, violation of the equal pay act, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and constructive termination.
- Represented a Japanese logistics company in an action brought by a senior executive alleging race and national origin discrimination, failure to promote, breach of contract, and wrongful termination in violation of public policy.
- Represented a computer technology company in an action brought by a former senior executive in an action alleging race and national origin discrimination, breach of contract, and defamation.
- Represented a computer and electronic products company in an action brought by a former graphic designer in an action alleging sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, and failure to prevent harassment.
- Represented a mortgage loan origination company in an action alleging the illegal corporate raiding of employees and the theft of trade secrets.
- Represented a construction tools manufacturing company in an action brought by a competitor alleging the theft of trade secrets and violations of the Lanham Act.
- Represented a Japanese food manufacturing company in a class action by former and current employees alleging wage and hour law violations.
Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense
- Represented a Japanese auto parts manufacturer in a DOJ investigation involving allegations of price fixing and market allocation.
- Advised a Japanese company in its investigation of an executive officer suspected of embezzling company funds.
- Advised a group of Japanese investors on U.S. product liability laws and issues ranging from warnings, product manuals, and other methods of limiting liability.
- Represented an inmate at Folsom Prison against the County of Los Angeles for the use of excessive force during incarceration at a Los Angeles County Jail in violation of the Eighth Amendment.
Judicial extern for the Honorable Robert M. Takasugi, United States District Court, Central District of California
Managing Millennials: The Next Generation in the Workplace and their Wireless Workstyles, May 29, 2008, Los Angeles, California
Recent Developments in California Employment and Labor Law, January 23, 2007, Los Angeles, CaliforniaPublications
Suyama on Reeb v. Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 2008 Bender’s Emerging Issues Expert Commentary 927 (November 12, 2007)
Nothing Is Forever: The Ability of Employers to Terminate Employees with Industrial Injuries After Lauher, Employment Law Commentary (May 10, 2006)
Sixth Circuit Limits the Recovery of Compensatory Damages in Class Actions Under Title VII, 6-3 Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin 6 (March 1, 2006)