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Chicago law firm celebrates industry recognitions for seventeen of its lawyers

Seventeen lawyers from Chicago member Masuda Funai have been designated in industry listings as Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers and Super Lawyers.

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Seventeen lawyers from Chicago law firm Masuda Funai have been named across some of the most prestigious listings for lawyers in the United States. Fourteen lawyers have been designated as Leading Lawyers, three as Emerging Lawyers and four have been named to the 2019 Super Lawyers list.

2019 Leading Lawyers

Leading Lawyers is a division of Law Bulletin Media. Law Bulletin Media is a diversified print and electronic information company that has been serving the Chicago legal and business communities since 1854. 

The Leading Lawyers designation is limited to less than 5% of lawyers licensed in each state, based on peer recommendations. 

2019 Leading Lawyers include:

  • Bryan Funai – Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Immigration Law: Employment, International Business & Trade Law
  • Kathleen Gaber – Immigration Law: Employment
  • Tim Hammersmith - Real Estate Law: Commercial, Real Estate Law: Finance
  • Eldon Kakuda – Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Immigration Law: Employment, International Business & Trade Law
  • Alan Kaplan – Employment Law: Management, Labor Law: Management
  • Steven Katz – Commercial Litigation, Franchise & Dealership Law
  • George Kobayashi – Franchise & Dealership Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Business & Trade Law
  • Dayne Kono – Immigration Law: Employment, International Business & Trade Law
  • Rein Krammer – Commercial Litigation, International Business & Trade Law
  • Thomas McMenamin – Closely & Privately Held Business Law; International Business & Trade Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Secured Transactions Law
  • Stephen Proctor – Closely & Privately Held Business Law, International Business & Trade Law
  • Fazila Vaid – Immigration Law: Employment
  • Gary Vist – Commercial Litigation, Franchise & Dealership Law, International Business & Trade Law
  • Robert White – Immigration Law: Employment

Masuda Funai Leading Lawyers 2019

2019 Emerging Lawyers

The Emerging Lawyers designation is limited to less than 2% of lawyers licensed in each state who are age 40 or younger, unless they have practiced law for 10 years or less, based on peer recommendations.

2019 Emerging Lawyers include:

  • David Alexander – Real Estate Law: Commercial, Real Estate Law: Finance
  • Esther Contreras – Immigration Law: Employment
  • David Stein – Commercial Litigation, Employment Law: Management

Masuda Funai Emerging Lawyers 2019

2019 Super Lawyers

Two Masuda Funai lawyers have been selected to the 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list and two lawyers have been selected to the 2019 Illinois Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

The Super Lawyers selection is limited to only 5% lawyers licensed in every state. The Rising Stars selection is limited to only 2.5% lawyers licensed in every state age 40 or younger, or have practiced law for 10 years or less.

2019 Illinois Super Lawyers include:

  • Alan Kaplan – Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation
  • Robert White – Immigration

2019 Illinois Rising Stars include:

  • Esther Contreras – Immigration
  • David Stein – Business Litigation, Employment Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation

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