B. Makoa Kawabata
Makoa Kawabata has won more than a dozen jury trials, and his success representing both plaintiffs and defendants all the way to verdict gives him the perspective to anticipate the endgame of disputes and provide forward-thinking advice. He counsels clients on issues ranging from cutting-edge topics in emerging media to nuts-and-bolts questions about employment.
While in law school, Mr. Kawabata was enrolled in the entertainment, media and intellectual property concentration and worked as an intern at Sony Pictures Entertainment and NBCUniversal. He earned several awards as a member of the moot court and trial advocacy teams and also spent time as the co-chairman for the Public Interest Law Fund, an editor for the flagship UCLA Law Review, and the 1L class president.
Successfully defended national restaurant company against wrongful termination in violation of public policy claim brought by former president.
Prevailed in action brought on behalf of independent film producers against financier for breach of contract.
Represented talent manager in successful arbitration against musical artist for millions of dollars of unpaid commissions.
Obtained writ from Court of Appeal reinstating jury trial after denial by trial court.
Secured judgments at trial on behalf of employees against employers for employment violations.
Coordinated multi-county class action litigation brought by several putative classes of plaintiffs.
Honors & Awards
Southern California Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2017, 2018
Top Attorneys, Pasadena Magazine, 2016-2018
"Building Character: How to Grant Actors Limited Copyright Protection for Performances," Texas Review of Entertainment & Sports Law, 2015
"Unresolved Textual Tension: Capitol Records v. ReDigi and a Digital First Sale Doctrine," UCLA Entertainment Law Review, 2014
“UCLA Law Students Deliver 1-2 Punch in Mock Trial Competition,” law.ucla.edu, March 14, 2018
“Managing Law Partner Owes Secretary Over $140K, Jury Told," Law360, April 25, 2017