John serves as Reed Smith’s Global Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, Managing Partner of the firm's Los Angeles office and Global Co-Chair of the Japan Business Team.
As Global Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, John serves as our chief diversity officer, overseeing Reed Smith’s efforts to sponsor and achieve diversity and inclusion in the legal community. In this role, 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.
As Managing Partner, Los Angeles, John is responsible for the overall management of Reed Smith’s Los Angeles office, including developing and enhancing the profile of the firm in the region, facilitating regional business development initiatives, and recruiting lateral talent with a focus on high impact opportunities.
As Global Co-Chair of the Japan Business Team, he is responsible for coordinating the firm’s work for clients doing business in Japan and for Japanese clients doing business outside of Japan. In this role, he works closely with law firms in Japan and frequently travels to Japan and Asia.
In his practice, John has substantial experience representing U.S., Asian, Canadian and multinational companies in a wide variety of corporate, financial and commercial transactions, including asset and stock acquisitions (M&A), private placements and public offerings, private equity transactions, cross-border financings, venture capital financings, secured loan financings, federal (SEC) and state securities regulations, foreign private issuer regulation, strategic alliances, joint ventures, technology, licensing and distribution arrangements, and corporate governance matters.
John previously served as Global Chair of the firm's Business & Finance Department and Chair of the U.S. Corporate & Securities Group. In 2010, John became the first Asian American to serve on Reed Smith's Executive Committee and Senior Management Team. He previously served as the Chair of Reed Smith's Asian American Affinity Group. He has been named "One of the Nation's Most Influential Minority Attorneys" for two consecutive years (2014-2015) and recently received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Los Angeles Business Journal's Asian Business Awards (2016). John is a frequent speaker and panelist on matters involving corporate law, diversity, law firm management and cross-border transactions.