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Naoko Inoue Shatz

Litigation Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 13 years
    Washington - WA 21 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Naoko

Learn Naoko’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    40%
    Defending corporations on employment issues, resolving business disputes and representing family law clients.

    22 years

  2. Employment and labor
    20%
    Drafting employee manual, employment agreement, severance agreement and defending companies on discrimination claims.

    22 years

  3. Mergers and acquisitions
    20%
    Assisting on M&A, and drafting and negotiating contracts including advising clients on legal issues in conjunction with business strategies.

    17 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    Setting up an entity in the U.S. including Washington State, New York, Nevada and Delaware and drafting corporate documents.

    17 years

  5. International law
    10%
    Advising on treaties and jurisdictional issues between Japan and US.

    17 years

My primary practice areas are corporate/business law, employment law and related dispute resolution and general civil litigation. I have assisted clients who have businesses overseas (primarily Japan) as well as in the U.S. I also serve as outside general counsel to several companies and Consulate General of Japan in Seattle. In addition to my primary practice, I have represented clients with their divorce proceedings inclusive of issues of jurisdiction and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction. As Co-Founder and Board Chair of a nonprofit organization, International Families Justice Coalition, I help indigent immigrants for their family law issues.

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Location

Naoko Checking Shatz
705 Second Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA, 98104

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Posted by Nicole | January 5, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Legal Representation
I had the privilege of being represented by Naoko Inoue Shatz, a highly skilled civil litigator at Shatz Law Group PLLC. From the onset of our case, it was evident that we were up against a particularly challenging opposing counsel. Ms. Shatz approached the situation with a level of preparedness and professionalism that was truly commendable. Her ability to anticipate and counter the arguments presented by the opposing side showcased a strategic mindset that was crucial in leveling the playing field. Facing a situation where progress seemed impossible, Ms. Shatz emerged as a beacon of hope. Her empathetic and understanding approach immediately put me at ease, and it was clear that she genuinely cared about my well-being. In moments when I felt stuck and unsure about the next steps, Ms. Shatz provided a sense of direction and assurance that proved to be immensely comforting. From the onset of my legal journey, it was evident that Ms. Shatz was not just a competent attorney but a fierce advocate for her clients. She approached my case with a determination that was both inspiring and reassuring. In the face of challenges and setbacks, she stood resolute, always keeping my best interests at the forefront. If you're seeking an exceptional civil litigator who combines legal expertise with genuine care for her clients, I wholeheartedly recommend Naoko Inoue Shatz.
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Posted by KM | April 10, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
She is one of the kind attorney in Seattle!
Naoko is a true advocate for her clients. She tries the hardest to come up with a solution that works best for her clients. She does not tell you what you want to hear to just make you feel better. She truly listens to her clients, but provides the realistic scenario and makes the best effort to solve issues as painless as possible for her clients. She is my trusted advisor.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, responsive, and trustworthy
Naoko's advice is always to the point and practical. I appreciate her work very much.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2008
Paul
Naoko is a tremendous client advocate. There is no one in the Seattle area that can approach her dedication and responsiveness. She is knowledgable, dependable and smart...just great professional representation.

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Shatz Law Group
  • 2008 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Williams Kastner
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Perkins Coie
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • K&L Gates
  • 2003 - 2005
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • N/A
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • N/A
  • Seikei University
  • B.A.
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Representation of a Japanese company in setting up its subsidiary in the U.S. (C Corp)
  • Representation of a publicly traded Japanese company in its acquisition of a Philippine company.
  • Representation of a publicly traded Japanese company in negotiating a Master Service Agreement with a U.S. company
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Associations

  • International Families Justice Coalition
  • Co-Founder
  • 2017 - Present
  • U.S.-Japan Council
  • Associate Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Japan America Society of Washington
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association Employment Section
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • International Section of American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Business Section of American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • International Section of Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Japan America Society of Washington
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Interpreter Commission
  • Ethnic Organization Representative
  • 2019 - 2024
  • JACLAB
  • Advisory Board
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Mentor/Mentee Program of University of Washington School of Law
  • Attorney
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Kings County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Japanese

Honors and Awards

  • 2024 Washington Super Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2024
  • 2023 Washington Super Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Consumer Law
  • Seattle University School of Law (CALI)
  • N/A
  • Award for Excellence during the period of1988-1991
  • Mainichi Communications Inc.
  • N/A
  • Award for Excellence during the period of 1992-1995
  • Nippon Manpower Inc.
  • N/A
  • Dean's List
  • Seikei University
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Mitsubishi Global Business Insight
  • How Force Majeure Clause Works in Case of Coronavirus Outbreak
  • 2020
  • Washington State Bar Association November Issue
  • The Challenges and Benefits of Working Internationally as a Legal Professional
  • 2019
  • Mitsubishi Global Business Insight
  • Difference between Non-Disclosure Agreement and Non-Compete Agreement
  • 2019
  • Mitsubishi Global Business Insight
  • Advantage and Disadvantage in Choosing Corporate Entities in the U.S.
  • 2019
  • Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Jurisdictional Issues for Litigation between U.S. and Japan
  • 2018
  • King County Bar Association
  • Lobbying Effort Secures Funding for Immigrant Family Law Project
  • 2018
  • Mitsubishi Global Business Insight
  • Purchase Order without Agreement and Non-Payment Issues
  • 2018
  • Mitsubishi Global Business Insight
  • Choice of Jurisdiction and Double Litigation filed with Two Courts in the U.S. and Japan
  • 2018
  • Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Jurisdiction and Controlling Law Issues during Dispute Resolution with Japan
  • 2017
  • Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Contracts and related issues between Japanese companies and U.S. companies
  • 2017
  • Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Employment Termination and Severance Agreement
  • 2017
  • Junglecity Network, Inc.
  • Columns on Employment Law and Business Law
  • 2011
  • American Bar Association newsletter
  • Joint Venture in Japan: What to Look For in Due Diligence
  • 2011
  • JEN Inc.
  • Aspiring to become a professional
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2021 Spring Judicial Conference
  • Tool Kit for Family Law Courts on Immigrant Families and Non-English Speakers
  • 2021
  • Top Group Seminar
  • Legal Challenge and Regulations in the wake of COVID-19 Pandemic
  • 2020
  • Washington State Bar Association CLE Seminar
  • Contract Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Foreign Clients-Using International Law in Domestic Practice
  • 2019
  • Top San Francisco Seminar
  • Washington State Law Update for 2020
  • 2019
  • Top San Francisco Seminar
  • Paid Sick Leave affecting PTO and Workplace Harassment
  • 2018
  • HR and Business Seminar
  • Learning from Recent Litigation arising from Corporate and Employment Law
  • 2017
  • CLE Seminar
  • Allyship: Barriers and Best Practices for Legal Professionals
  • 2017
  • PIONEERING WOMEN
  • Breaking Out -PIONEERING WOMEN-
  • 2016
  • HR and Business Seminar
  • Challenging Legal Issues and 2016 Updates on Corporate and Employment Law
  • 2016
  • Community Seminar
  • Basic Legal Issues in Living in the U.S.
  • 2016
  • WSBA International Law Section CLE
  • Doing Business Between U.S. and Japan
  • 2015
  • Japan America Society of Washington
  • Family Law and Estate Seminar
  • 2015
  • HR and Business Seminar
  • Risk Management For International Business in WA
  • 2015
  • Business Seminar
  • A-Z for Conducting Business in the U.S.
  • 2015
  • Top San Francisco
  • Employment Law an Employer Needs to Know
  • 2013
  • Seattle Entrepreneurship Club
  • A-Z for Conducting Business in the U.S.
  • 2012
  • Japan America Society Legal Round Table
  • Employment Law:How To Comply With U.S. Laws and Avoid Costly Litigation
  • 2012
  • University of Washington School of Law
  • Legal market and my practice in WA
  • 2011
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • International Arbitration and Business Transactions
  • 2011
  • American Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Pathways to Employment in International Law
  • 2011
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • International Arbitration
  • 2010
  • King County Bar Association, International Law/Corporate/In House Counsel Section CLE
  • Doing Business with Japanese Companies-Contract and Employment Law
  • 2009
  • Employment Law Workshop
  • What do you need to know when your employment is about to be terminated?
  • 2009
  • U.S. Law Seminar for Japanese Corporate Counsel
  • What legal issues are you running into when you are doing business in the U.S.?
  • 2008
  • U.S. Law Seminar for Japanese Corporate Counsel
  • Understanding the Attorney-Client Privilege and the importance of Document Retention Policy.
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Naoko is an excellent litigation attorney. A zealous advocate for her clients and well respected in the legal community. Highly recommended lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
International law Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Naoko is great at relating to both Japanese and American businesses and in working with them to achieve their goals both here and abroad."
International law Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Before I took on an international assignment in China, I was told: "International Business is like James Bond without the Gun." Of course this statement didn't make much sense until I commenced my post. Then I quickly realized that it means people will play on each others knowledge and lack thereof in international business every day of the week. As a result, it is extremely hard to determine the appropriate time to engage or refrain in a "shoot to kill." Well, Naoko is a superior marksman in the field of international business! She knows how to engage businesses in both the Japanese and U.S. business arenas for gain. In fact, I highly suspect that she is more deft at manuevering through Seattle's Japanese-American legal minefield than anyone else here! This is knowledge that can not be gained from books. Instead, the ability to understand and then explain cultural nuance comes with experience. Naoko has exactly that -- Experience."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Personable.Professional. Astute. Great Mentor, very dedicated to her clients. Internationally minded beyond a line on the resume."
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Seattle Litigation Lawyer Naoko Inoue Shatz
Naoko Inoue Shatz
Litigation Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 21 years