Kawasaki is the representative partner and co-founder of our firm. Under his leadership Waseda Legal Commons has grown into a force of its own with more than thirty legal professionals and a strong reputation in many areas of legal practice including civil litigation, criminal defense, corporate, labor and employment, bankruptcy, personal data and privacy, and AI/NFT/crypto laws.
As a practitioner, Kawasaki has clients in a wide range of industries including educational institutions and non-governmental organizations. He has a particular interest in helping start-ups and growing ventures at the early stages of business development.
One of Kawasaki’s specialties is the law surrounding AI/NFT/crypto technologies. He concurrently runs a consulting firm specialized in developing new applications that use AI and blockchain technologies. His management experience in the nascent NFT/metaverse/crypto ecosystem, in combination with his experience providing legal advice to Web 3.0/Metaverse start-ups, has lead to Kawasaki being regarded as an authority in this field of law.
Recognized for his expertise in digital transformation, he is frequently consulted by regional governments for advice on business processing reengineering and the streamlining of administrative processes. Currently, he serves as a special counselor to Chief Information Officer of Setagaya Ward, a borough of metropolitan Tokyo.
Before being admitted to the bar in 2008, Mr. Kawasaki worked as a consultant at Accenture (then Andersen Consulting). Because of his extensive experience in business and consulting, his advice to his corporate clients often goes far beyond mere legal issues, addressing a wide range of concerns of CEOs and business owners.
Mr. Kawasaki holds a strong belief in Liberty, Innovation and Contribution, the credo of our firm. He aspires to “revitalize the commons” through community building and serves on the board of many public interest groups and non-profit organizations.