John M. Iino

John M. Iino



  • 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

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • California


  • Japanese

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.

In his practice, John serves as the Global Co-Chair of the Japan Business Team, 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.John has substantial experience representing U.S., Asian, Canadian and multinational companies in a wide variety of corporate, financial and commercial transactions, including private placements and public offerings, private equity transactions, cross-border financings, venture capital financings, secured loan financings, 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, Chair of the U.S. Corporate & Securities Group and Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office. 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.

Employment History

  • 2003 - Reed Smith
    • Chief Diversity Officer (2016 - present) 
    • Co-Chair, Japan Business Team (2011 - present)
    • Managing Partner, Los Angeles office (2012 - 2016)
    • Chair, Reed Smith Asian American Affinity Group (2015 - present)
    • Executive Committee and Senior Management Team (2010 - 2011)
    • Global Chair, Business & Finance Department (2010 - 2011)
    • Vice-Chair, Business & Finance Department (2009)
    • Chair, Corporate & Securities Practice Group (2006 - 2008)
  • 2001 - Crosby Heafey Roach & May (combined with Reed Smith in 2003)
  • 1997 - Brand Farrar & Buxbaum
  • 1988 - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher


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

Honors & Awards

  • 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)

Professional Affiliations

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

Notable Quotes

  • 7 January 2013 "Japanese companies pursue mid-market deals" Daily Journal