B. Makoa Kawabata
Makoa Kawabata is skilled in seeing cases through to verdict, having tried more than two dozen matters before juries and obtaining judgments in excess of $15 million. His success representing both plaintiffs and defendants gives him the perspective to anticipate opposing parties' strategies and weaknesses, as well as to recognize when resolution before trial is the best option.
Mr. Kawabata started representing clients in court the day he was admitted to the bar and serves as a coach for the national award-winning UCLA School of Law trial advocacy team. Prior to becoming a member of the bar, he won several trial advocacy awards in law school and on Northwestern University's trial advocacy competition team.
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 also spent time as the co-chairman for the Public Interest Law Fund, an editor for the flagship UCLA Law Review, a competitor on the moot court and trial advocacy competition teams and the 1L class president.
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