Junji Masuda （桝田淳二）has been a partner of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu NY LLP (“NOT NY”), a New York-based law firm operated by Japanese lawyers (who are admitted in Japan and New York) since September 2010, when NOT NY took over Junji Masuda’s law firm in New York operated since January 1992 under the name of Masuda & Ejiri , later Masuda International. In Japan he is a counsel of Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu (“NO&T”) (www.noandt.com), one of the largest and leading law firms in Japan. His practice area includes cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As), international joint venture and business alliances and intellectual property laws as well as international dispute resolution such as patent infringement lawsuits and other lawsuits in the U.S. and international arbitrations by ICC and AAA.
Junji Masuda received his LL.B. from The University of Tokyo (“UTokyo”) in 1966 and thereafter was trained at the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan until 1968. He was admitted as a lawyer (Bengoshi) in Japan in 1968. He was awarded a John Burton Memorial Fellowship from Columbia Law School in 1970 and received his LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 1971.
After Columbia Law School, he worked at law firms in New York, i.e., Sullivan & Cromwell and Wender Murase & White, until he returned to Tokyo in 1973. In 1977, he founded a new law firm in Tokyo called Masuda & Ejiri (which was later called Asahi Law Offices or Asahi Koma Law Offices as a result of mergers), which later became one of the largest law firms in Japan.
He was licensed as a Legal Consultant in the State of New York in 1991 and established a law firm called Masuda & Ejiri in New York in 1992 as the first Japanese law office in the U.S. Since then he has lived in New York and has been going back and forth between New York and Tokyo frequently to primarily advise and support Japanese clients. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1995.
At the time of integration of a majority of lawyers of Asahi Law Offices with other leading law firms in Tokyo, Junji Masuda became independent under the name of Masuda International and affiliated with the NO&T in Tokyo in May 2007.
He established an alumni association of UTokyo in the New York area called NY Icho-kai in 2004 and acted as President of NY Icho-kai until he resigned in March 2011. He was also appointed as President of Friends of UTokyo, Inc.(“FUTI”), a New York not-for-profit corporation, in 2007 and managed FUTI until he resigned in March 2011. He was also appointed by the then President Hiroshi Komiyama of UTokyo as a member of the Management Council and President Selection Committee of UTokyo in 2008 and was reappointed as such by the new President Junichi Hamada of UTokyo in 2010. He was elected as the first President of the alumni association of UTokyo Orchestra in January 2011.
Junji Masuda is a member of the Daini Tokyo Bar Association, American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, American Foreign Law Association (Director), Advisory Board of M&A Review magazine [Mergers & Acquisitions], Nippon Club in New York, and Tokyo Club in Tokyo.
He has been covered by many legal and business magazines and newspapers over 30 years and described as a legendary lawyer in the August 2010 edition of the magazine called “The Lawyers.” He authored a book titled “International Lawyer” which was published by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Publishing Company in August 2010.