Stephen Kitagawa, ESQ

Stephen Kitagawa, ESQ

Stephen Kitagawa, ESQ


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.


Ghassemian Law provided thoroughly constructed and effective legal strategies for successful outcomes in the complex world of construction law for our small company. Core competence, due diligence, and a commitment to client needs are strengths that inspire confidence and keep producing results when it counts most.

Peter Greenberger

Pacwest Construction and Development Inc

Mahyar and her team possess a wealth of construction and business law expertise. Expertise to both guide a client away from litigation and, if not possible, to skillfully represent them in court.

Thierry Montoya

AlvaradoSmith APC

Mahyar Ghassemian and her firm are the best construction dispute litigators and negotiators in the industry. Mahyar is an expert in this area. Her firms knows the law and are very tenacious in obtaining the best results for their clients. I have been involved in very lengthy litigation as co-counsel in a very big case and jury trial. Mahyar is one of the hardest working and most effective advocates I have ever had the privilege of working with.

Paul Hoffman

Hoffman Legal Corporation

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