Noriko Higashizawa

  • Practice Areas
  • Professional Background / Education
  • Publications / Presentations
  • Professional Activities / Accolades

Practice Areas

Noriko Higashizawa has extensive experience representing global companies on labour and employment matters including dispute resolution such as litigation and arbitration. She has led various labour disputes to successful and satisfactory resolutions using strategies that consider employee-friendly Japanese labour laws. She has also provided legal advice on general corporate matters and has been acting as local counsel role for her international clients. She serves a variety of clients across industries, including a globally-known hotel chain, a logistics company, automobile parts companies, pharmaceutical & medical device companies, a broadcasting company and telecommunication and Internet companies. She has been a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel since 2008 and served as a Vice Chair International of Employment and Diversity committees. She obtained her LL.M. degree from Duke University Law School. Before joining City-Yuwa, Ms. Higashizawa was a partner at a major U.S. law firm.

General Corporate Commercial Litigation Unfair Competition Prevention Law, Designs, Trademarks and Copyrights IT, Internet and Information & Communications General Consultations on Personnel and Labor Matters Collective Bargaining Labor Litigation and Arbitration Cross-Border Transactions Foreign Direct Investment Cross-border Dispute Resolutions Asia

Professional Background / Education

Professional Background

1988-2001
Konaka, Toyama & Hosoya
1994-
Howrey & Simon LLP (Foreign Associate)
1994-1995
Becker, Glynn, Melamed & Muffly LLP (Foreign Associate)
2002-2004
Kyo Sogo Law Offices (Registered Associated Office with Dorsey & Whitney)
2004 to Present
City-Yuwa Partners

Education

1982
Keio University (LL.B.)
1988
Legal Training and Research Institute
1994
Duke University School of Law (LL.M.)

Publications / Presentations

Professional Activities / Accolades

- Seminars/Speeches -
■ "BURNED-OUT OR BORED-OUT EMPLOYEES? BLAME IT ON THE COMPANY " (participated in the panel at the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Midyear Meeting 2020, February 2020)
■ "North Asia Legal Update" (Speaker at the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Asian Regional Meeting 2019, May 2019)
■ "Protection of Personal Information in Japan In Relation to Adequacy Decision by the European Commission" (Speaker at the Global Market Roundtable of International Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Privacy Consortium (IPMPC), April 2019)
■ "Comparative Labour Law Discussion" (participated in the panel at the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Asian Regional Meeting 2017, May 2017)
■ "Data Privacy and Misappropriation of Trade Secrets in Japan" (Speaker at the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Asian Regional Meeting 2014, October 2014)
■ "Understanding International Labor and Employment Policy: A Primer for Multinational Employers Operating in a Global Economy" (Speaker at the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Midyear Meeting 2013, February 2013)
■ "Legal Knowledge and Practice on Mental Health Issues" (Speaker at the Foreign Affiliated Company Business Seminar hosted by Grant Thornton Taiyo ASG Tax Corporation, April 2012)
■ "Diversity in Japan" (Speaker at the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Midyear Meeting 2012, February 2012)
■ "Employers at Home and Abroad: DOs and DON'Ts for Requesting-Employment Records Background Checks and US Discovery Rules" (Speaker at the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Midyear Meeting 2012, February 2012)
■ "The Attorney-Client Privilege And Attorney Work-Product Doctrine In Japan" (Speaker at the IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel) Midyear Meeting 2009, February 2009)

- Awards-
■ Listed in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 as Leading Individual for the areas of "Corporate and M&A" and "Labour and Employment".
■ Listed in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 as Leading Individual for the areas of "Corporate and M&A" and "Labour and Employment".

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