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Bruce L. Ishimatsu | Candidate for Vice President for Finance and Development

 Bruce L. Ishimatsu

 Candidate for Vice President for
 Finance and Development

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Candidate Statement

Having served in various capacities with NAPABA for decades, I now seek the position of Vice President of Finance & Development for one simple reason: to apply my years of fund-raising experience and relationships with law firms and corporate sponsors to elevate fundraising for the organization’s operations and to fuel enhanced services to its members, affiliates, the Law Foundation and the APA community. Also, my decades of practicing law and being active in NAPABA would lend context and perspective to Board and Executive Committee deliberations about important issues and policy decisions.

Goals for NAPABA and Alignment with Strategic Plan

My goals as Vice President will be consistent with the “goals” of the most recent Strategic Plan (2012-15) insofar as they depend on increasing funding from all sources so that NAPABA can increase its relevance, effectiveness and reach both internally and externally. Through leadership and determination, NAPABA has grown tremendously, but that means its responsibilities have likewise grown. NAPABA must constantly prove itself to its members, affiliates and other stakeholders as it demands more from them.

I envision my role as collaborating with fellow Executive Committee and Board members, staff and members to develop new strategies that will appeal to current sponsors and attract new ones as contemplated by the Strategic Plan. Every stakeholder’s interests must be addressed and met and we must balance the various goals that members hold including Goal #4 in the Strategic Plan to advocate for the APA community and to be a national voice for APA lawyers.

Challenges facing NAPABA

From a fundraising perspective, NAPABA’s challenges are not unlike those of other organizations that have experienced phenomenal growth. NAPABA’s growth challenges members’ abilities to connect with each other and to see the benefit of attending its events, including the national convention. The same goes for law firms and corporations upon whom we depend for financial support.

I sense there are many who feel less connected to NAPABA or its mission and find it increasingly difficult to find value in donating energy, time, and money, all of which are scarce resources. In sum, NAPABA’s greatest challenge is remaining relevant to existing members and stakeholders and to appeal to prospective members and donors so that the organization can continue to expand and sustain itself in a collegial, collaborative way. We need to remind ourselves of how and why NAPABA was created and to retain personal relationships as we continue to grow together.

Candidate Bio

Bruce Ishimatsu founded Ishimatsu Law Group in 2010, handling civil litigation and business advice for individuals, partnerships and corporations in a variety of industries. Bruce has been a partner at both large and boutique law firms with national and international clients in complex business disputes.

Bruce has been President of the Japanese American Bar Association of Los Angeles and the Asian Pacific Bar of California.  Past leadership positions for NAPABA include Chair of the Partners Committee (2006-2012), board member of the NAPABA Law Foundation, Chair of the 2008 Diversity Symposium, and Co-Chair of the 2010 Convention Host Committee. Currently, he is Co-Chair of NAPABA’s Awards Committee and a member of the Entertainment Committee and Solo/Small Firm Committee.

Bruce has forged fundraising relationships with partners at major law firms and general counsels at corporate sponsors.  For 6 years, he chaired and led collaborations of the Partners Committee and In-House Counsel Committee to raise money for the NAPABA Law Foundation.  Bruce chaired the Fundraising Committee for NAPABA’s 2010 Convention which raised 65% more revenue than prior conventions.

Bruce served on the boards of the California Women’s Law Center and Women at Risk (assisting women with AIDS and HIV) and was President of the International Visitors Counsel of Los Angeles.

Bruce obtained his B.A from Pomona College and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.  He and Kyle, his wife of 34 years, have two adult sons.


NAPABA Affiliate Endorsements  

Affiliate Name 
Japanese American Bar Association
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Central Ohio
Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association 
Asian American Bar Association of Ohio 
Asian American Bar Association of New York 
National Filipino American Lawyers Association 
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey 
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington DC Area 
Austin Asian American Bar Association 
Filipino Bar Association of Northern California 

Individual Endorsements

Name Company*
Sandy Sakamoto  LimNexus LLP 
Annette Kwok  Venable 
Darryl Woo  Goodwin Procter LLP 
Mike Madokoro  Bowman and Brooke LLP 
Sharlene D. Lee Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC 
Mimi Castillo  Castillo Law Offices 
Ryan Iwasaka   Greenberg Glusker 
Donna Chin   
Tacie Yoon  Crowell & Moring LLP 
Gina Shishima  Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP 
Hon. Howard L. Halm (Ret.)  ADR Services, Inc. 
Bettina Yip  Recology Inc. 
Jen C. Won  Bird Marella PC 
Nobuhisa Ishizuka  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 
Masahiro Takeda  Wine of Japan Import, Inc. 
Parkin Lee  Rockefeller Group 
Gary Yoshimura   
Ivan Fong  3M Company 
Monika Oyama  Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd. 
Michael Wu  Carter's Inc. 
Vincent Gonzales  Southern California Gas Company 
Craig Nakanishi Cades Schutte LLP 
Joan Haratani  Morgan Lewis 
Julie Cheng  New Bamboo Consulting 
Colin Kawaguchi   Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC 
Jeannie Kim  Buchalter, A Professional Corporation 
Jin Hwang  Verizon
Wendy Shiba   
Steven Yoda  Walzer Melcher LLP 
William Simonitsch  K&L Gates LLP 
Mark Furuya  Clark Construction Group, LLC 
K. Anne Inoue  Law Offices of K. Anne Inoue 
Anne I. Shaw Shaw Legal Services Ltd. 
David Louie  Kobayashi Sugita & Goda 
Paul O. Hirose  Perkins Coie LLP 
Vivian Hsu  Hsu & Associates LLC 
Roberta Yang  Law Office of Roberta M. Yang, P.C. 
Dale Minami  Minami Tamaki LLP
Edwin Prather  Prather Law Offices 
Luci-Ellen Chun  LACCD 
Judy Lam  Maynard Cooper & Gale LLP 
Hoyt Zia   
Teddy Kapur Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP 
Eduardo a. Angeles  Los Angeles City Attorney's Office 
Anna Sanyal  Public Utilities Commission of Ohio 
Gordon Endow  Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP 
Julia Markley  Perkins Coie LLP 
Leslie Furukawa  Gomez & Furukawa 
Laura Hong  Tucker Ellis LLP 
Nancy Eng  Eng Law 
Sidney Kanazawa  McGuireWoods LLP 
Janet Chung  Holland & Knight LLP 
Ekwan Rhow  Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert et al. 
Sonja Rice  Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP 
Billy Chan  Chan Punzalan LLP 
Marty Lorenzo  Petco 
Panida Rzonca Thai Community Development Center 
Randy Aoyama  Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP 
Don Liu  Target Corporation
Wilson Chu  McDermott Will & Emery LLP 
Alex Dyste-Demet  Department of Interior 
A.B. Cruz III  USAA 
Michele Lau  McKesson Corporation 
Martin Tachiki   
Marvin Dang  Law Off. of Marvin S.C. Dang, LLLC 
Javade Chaudhri  Jones Day 
Mark Uyeda  Federal Government 
Patricia Kinaga  Frandzel Robins 
Alan Tse  Jones Lang Lasalle 
Joseph Centeno  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC 
Jim Goh  Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP 
Christopher Javillonar  Permobil, Inc. 
Clara Ohr  East Coast Energy Group 
John Lim  LimNexus LLP 
Tsiwen Law  Law & Associates, LLC 
Melissa Lin  Righi Fitch Law Group 
Peggy Nagae  White Men As Full Diversity Partners 
Sylvia Chin  White & Case LLP 
Paul Chan  Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert et al. 
Peter Shimamoto  Insignis Law 
David Cho  AT&T Services, Inc. 
Nimesh Patel  WilmerHale LLP 
John C. Yang  Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC 
Drew Harris  Texas Attorney General 
Laurie Rose Lubiano  The Climate Corporation 
Jean Lee  MCCA 
Nancy Lee  Nancy P. Lee, PC 
Debbie Crockett  Cheffy Passidomo, P.A. 

 *All work or organizational affiliations disclosed are for identification and disclosures purposes only, and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions.