Attorney Profile

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Our firm’s attorney has civil trial and transactional law practice experience as an attorney admitted to the California Bar and New York Bar.

 

Miho Akada 

Miho Akada has worked in the field of pre- or post- sentencing confinement and corrections for more than 14 years and currently leads the Akada Law Office.

Based on her high-level work experience in international criminal justice administration within the government for 12 years, she has developed her practice as a confinement advocacy attorney in the U.S., with a special emphasis on white collar crimes and business clients. She began her career in Tokyo, Japan as a Senior Government Official For Law in the Japanese Ministry of Justice. She has extensive experience in international negotiations with other countries’ representatives. As a representative of the Japanese government, she drafted treaties, statutes, regulations and press releases, and implemented treaties and domestic laws. In the course of her duty, she engaged in prison administration and relevant legal works, international prison research, meetings with foreign government officials, official visits to penal facilities in various jurisdictions, and International Prisoner Transfer cases.

She also has experience in Japanese business practices. Further, Ms. Akada has obtained experience in the area of general civil litigation and transactional matters in California, with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation, cross-border litigation, personal injury, credit card processing, and employment law.,

Ms. Akada obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University, and her J.D. degree from Whittier Law School. At Whittier Law School, she was Executive Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, an International and Comparative Law Fellow, and won CALI Awards in Legal Writing II, Immigration Law, Uniform Commercial Code I, and Comparative Legal Systems.

Ms. Akada is bilingual in Japanese and English. She has a thorough understanding of Japanese law and culture. She was admitted to the California State Bar in 2012 and to the New York State Bar in 2015.

Ms. Akada enjoys various hobbies, including golf, skiing, playing piano, and painting.

You may contact Ms. Akada via her e-mail at akada@akadalaw.com.

Areas of Practice:

  • Justice Advocacy /Confinement Advocacy
  • Civil Litigation
  • Japan Expert Attorney

Education:

  • J.D. : Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
  • M.A. : Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
  • LL.B. (B.A. in Law) : Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Published Works (Japanese):

  • “White Collar Criminals in the U.S. Prisons” (in press)
  • “Penal Institutions: Prisons, Juvenile Prisons, and Detention Centers” in “Encyclopedia of Law and Psychology” 2011
  • “Report of the 25th Asian and Pacific Conference of Correctional Administrators (APCCA)” 2006
  • “Electronic Monitoring in Prisons in the US : Management of Prisoners with RFID Tags” 2005
  • “The Effectiveness of Risk Assessment Tools in Juvenile Classification Homes” 2005 (Co-author)
  • “Women and Crime: The Influence of Feminist Criminology on Criminal Justice Policies in the United States” 2004

Published Works (English):

  • “Enhancement of Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration at the Post-Sentencing Stage”
    United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders
    (UNAFEI), Resource Material Series No. 61, 2003 (Co-author)
  • “Corrections and Scientific Research: A Comparative Study of Prison Policy Making in the United States and Japan” Master’s Thesis, Southern Illinois University, 2003

Bar Admission and Professional Associations:

  • California State Bar, 2012 – Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, 2013 – Present
  • New York State Bar, 2015 – Present
  • Japanese American Bar Association

Past Major Employment Positions:

  • Ministry of Justice, Japan, Senior Government Official for Law