Judith M. Sasaki
ARBITRATOR & MEDIATOR
Judith M. Sasaki
Arbitrator & Mediator
Ms. Sasaki is a seasoned trial attorney and entertainment industry veteran. Her practice has included the successful resolution of hundreds of cases. Clients seek her out because she is compassionate, direct, fast moving and effective. Ms. Sasaki is able to strip disputes down to essentials and possesses a commercial, practical, win-win approach to business litigation and arbitration. She is able to untangle difficult thorny issues, converting them to clear solvable problems.
For the past eight years, Ms. Sasaki has been a Partner at Coleman & Horowitt, LLP’s Los Angeles office. In that role, she brings a 360-degree perspective on managing the business, including harnessing firm financials, creating agile teams, and adeptly negotiating complex relationships. As an experienced litigator and negotiator, she routinely handles disputes involving intellectual property, contracts, partnerships, trademark, professional liability, employment law, and motion picture distribution. In one instance, an individual settlement exceeded over $400M in corporate assets.
Before joining Coleman & Horowitt, she was a Managing Partner at Simke, Chodos & Sasaki, LLP. Ms. Sasaki also served as Managing Partner at Sasaki & Brown, LLP, a firm she co-founded as the first all-woman trial boutique in Los Angeles. As a young attorney, she gained valuable experience handling complex litigation at the national firm, Proskauer Rose, LLP.
Ms. Sasaki’s candor coupled with her demonstrated ability to accurately assess cost/benefit tradeoffs has delivered results time and time again. Moreover, as an Asian American woman, she brings a diversity of viewpoint. Her understanding of people dynamics serves her well. As a certified neutral arbitrator for the Independent Film and Television Alliance, she engages both sides, moving them toward a collaborative business-based settlement. Ms. Sasaki has also been involved in multiple negotiations with the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America.
Ms. Sasaki is committed to social justice. Among other things, she is active in the Asian American community, serving as General Counsel for the Coalition for Asian Pacific’s in Entertainment. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of East West Players, the country’s first and oldest Asian American theatre organization.
Ms. Sasaki serves as an arbitrator for the Independent Film and Television Alliance, which supports, protects, and advances the global independent film and television industry.
Publications and Lectures
Ms. Sasaki is a featured speaker on continuing legal education issues related to trial practice for the Rutter Group.
Honors and Awards
Ms. Sasaki has handled all aspects of litigation in the areas of complex commercial, entertainment, business and unfair competition cases. She has handled numerous court and jury trials as well as mediations and arbitrations.
In addition, she has represented clients before the Independent Film and Television Alliance (IFTA), the International Chamber of Commerce, and the American Arbitration Association for entertainment related arbitrations. Judy has served as speaker for continuing legal education services including the Rutter Group on topics relating to trial practice.
Juris Doctor, 1993, Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting, 1981 Georgetown University, Washington D.C.,
Ms. Sasaki can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also be reached by telephone at (310) 286-0233.
Admitted to both the California State and Federal Bar since 1985
In 2019, Ms. Sasaki completed the mediation training produced by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration service.
Recipient of the Life Saver Award from the Lymphoma Research Foundation of America.