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John is Reed Smith’s Global Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, serving as our Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, he acts as a change agent for Reed Smith’s efforts to sponsor and achieve diversity and inclusion in the legal community. He is a member of the firm’s Global Leadership Team and an ex-officio member of the Talent Committee of the firm’s Executive Committee.


  • Presidents' Award, USC Alumni Association (2017)
  • Leadership Award, USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (2017)
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Los Angeles Business Journal's Asian Business Awards (2016)
  • Named, One of the Nation's Most Influential Minority Attorneys, Lawyers of Color (2014 and 2015)

Notable Quotes


  • University of Southern California Law School, 1987, J.D., Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Southern California Law Review
  • Pomona College, 1984, B.A., Economics

  • Kalifornien

  • Board of Directors, Japan America Society of Southern California
  • Board of Councilors, USC Gould School of Law
  • Board of Governors, USC Alumni Association

  • Honorable J. Spencer Letts, U.S. District Court - Central District of California

  • Japanisch