Bar Admission: California and New York
Education: University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Legal Studies / Fordham Law School, J.D. / Golden Gate University, L.L.M. Tax Law
Languages: Japanese and English (native in both languages)
Ayako regularly advises clients on estate planning matters (Ayako often serves U.S. residents with relatives in Japan). Ayako also regularly advises businesses and individuals on immigration, corporate and employment matters.
From June 2009 to February 2013, Ayako served as Chair of the Board for Nobiru-kai, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit whose aim is to foster a viable community for Japanese-speaking persons living in the United States, from its headquarters in San Francisco's Japantown. In the past, Ayako also served on the boards of Kimochi, Inc. and Hopalong Animal Rescue, both 501(c)(3) not-for-profits.
From June 2006 to May 2011, Ayako served on the advisory committee of the Northern California chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA). Ayako has also served on the Community Relations Committee of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California.
From 2003 to 2006, Ayako ran a bi-monthly Tenants Rights Workshop in Oakland, California, for the East Bay Community Law Center. Ayako was a staff attorney at the HIV Law Project in New York, NY, and provided legal representation to low income, HIV + persons for matters involving their housing (landlord-tenant), benefits, and living wills. During law school, Ayako worked at the Union of Needletrade, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE!, a member of the AFL-CIO), Lincoln Square Legal Services Battered Women's Rights' Clinic, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Florence, Arizona, and Witness, which was a project of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights ("LCHR"). Ayako also participated in a human rights mission to Turkey in a joint project between LCHR and the Crowley Human Rights Project.