Stephen Kitagawa has over 24 years of experience as an attorney representing a wide range of clients from individuals to multinational corporations in all stages of litigation through trial in both State and Federal courts. He is a senior attorney with the firm practicing Business and Construction Law.
Mr. Kitagawa has over 15 years of first chair trial experience and has prepared and argued appeals before State and Federal Courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. He has trained attorneys and staff in litigation techniques, appeals, and various compliance related matters. He has also trained and counseled corporate clients in various compliance related matters including financial crimes, suspicious activity reports (SARS), and privacy laws (CCPA, CPRA, GDPR).
Prior to joining the firm, for over three years, he immersed himself into developing and integrating privacy management compliance solutions for various clients. We believe this experience is essential to the performance of his duties in the firm. Along with technologists, data retrieval experts, and privacy compliance technology solutions, Mr. Kitagawa helped initiate and develop a consulting practice related to legal compliance under existing and upcoming privacy laws including 28 CFR Part 23, the GDPR, the CCPA, and CPRA.
Mr. Kitagawa is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in the state of California and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. Mr. Kitagawa is also a Cyber-leader with Secure the Village, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, support, and advocate for cybersecurity and data privacy.
Mahyar was a big part in helping start our company and setting up our corporation. She also went to battle with a Billion dollar Corporation to keep our doors open when they tried everything to shut us down.
In 2008 -2009, our company was involved in a lawsuit with over 1 million dollars claimed against us. Mahyar Ghassemian handled our case expertly and conscientiously. She explained on a regular basis the progress of our case and how each of the actions of our opponent would ultimately affect our case. At no time did we feel alone or compromised as Mahyar boldly stayed her course which eventually provided us with the satisfactory outcome we had hoped to achieve. She will be our first call should the need arise in the future.
Many years ago an insurance carrier hired Mahyar Ghassemian to defend my construction firm in civil litigation. Not only was Ms. Ghassemian very knowledgeable and competent regarding the legal proceedings, but she was also personally vested in our well-being; she cared what happened. She counseled us regarding the various options, listened to our input and proceeded accordingly. In multiple cases with Ms. Ghassemian, we have never experienced a negative outcome. Today my first call when a potential legal issue is on the horizon is to Ms. Ghassemian. She is both extremely effective and cost conscious.
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