Mr. Kawabata was trained in advocacy by state prosecutors and federal defenders, and in the past decade, he has argued before judges from the California Supreme Court, California Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States District Courts across the country (including Puerto Rico). He won several advocacy awards during his competitive trial advocacy career in college and in law school, and in his final year, led teams to the most successful trial advocacy season in the history of UCLA School of Law.

While in law school, Mr. Kawabata was enrolled in the entertainment, media, and intellectual property concentration and spent time as the co-chairman for the Public Interest Law Fund, a competitor on the moot court and trial advocacy competition teams, an editor for the flagship UCLA Law Review, and the first-year class president. He won an outstanding brief writing award from the moot court honors program, was a finalist in the Roscoe Pound moot court championship and the Jones Day moot court competition, and won first-place attorney in the school’s trial advocacy tournament his first year. He has worked for Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, and an AmLaw 150 firm in Los Angeles.

He started representing clients in court the week he was admitted to the bar and moonlights as a coach for the national award-winning UCLA School of Law trial advocacy team.


  • California


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  • UCLA School of Law – Law Review / Moot Court Honors
  • Northwestern University – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Cum Laude