Yugo Tomita

Yugo first came to the United States in 1983 as a high school exchange student. After graduating from high school in Florida, he went on to Boston University where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy. Yugo then enrolled in Claremont Graduate University, and in 1993 he received his Master of Arts in International Affairs. He earned his law degree at Loyola Law School, graduating in 1997 and passed the California State Bar Exam one year later.

During his graduate school years, Yugo worked for the immigration department of a large law firm, providing various research and translation services. After obtaining his license, Yugo worked as an attorney at the Mukai Law Office, where he was mainly responsible for helping Japanese corporations process visa applications. During that time, Yugo spoke at various seminars and published numerous articles in a wide variety of legal publications. He also practiced at the Tachikawa, Yasui, Nishizawa Law Office before opening his own law office in the spring of 2001.

Education

  • Loyola Law School — J.D. (1997)
  • Claremont Graduate University — M.A. (1993)
  • Boston University — B.A. Political Science & Philosophy

Admissions

  • State Bar of California (1998)

Languages

  • Japanese
  • English

Location

  • Los Angeles Office

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Yan Li

Yan split her childhood between Shanghai, China, and a suburb of Hiroshima, Japan. Her emigration to Japan taught her to respect other cultures, to think critically and independently, and to overcome the struggles inherent to living in an unfamiliar land. After graduating high school in Japan, Yan came to the United States to further explore the world. Though fascinated by America’s diversity, she soon realized that the same cultural, social and linguistic challenges she encountered in Japan also apply to foreigners living in the U.S. It was then that Yan became determined to be an immigration lawyer, utilizing her unique experiences and skill set to help those who strive to make a successful living in the United States.

After graduating from University of California, Los Angeles in 2009, Yan spent a year interning at the Tomita Law Office, an experience she credits with reaffirming her passion for working with both immigrant and nonimmigrant workers. Soon after, Yan enrolled in Santa Clara University School of Law where she participated in its famous immigration clinic at Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center. During her time at Santa Clara University, Yan worked on various humanitarian immigration cases, including U-visas and T-visas. She also took on an asylum case as part of one of her classes, submitting briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and negotiating for prosecutorial discretion with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Upon graduating from Santa Clara University in 2013, Yan rejoined Tomita Law Office to pursue her dream of improving the lives of those immigrating to the United States of America.

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law — J.D. (2013)
  • University of California, Los Angeles — B.A. (2009)

Admissions

  • State Bar of California (2013)

Languages

  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • English

Location

  • Silicon Valley Office

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Eriko Higaeriko-higa

Eriko spent her formative years in Japan, Bolivia, and the United States as a third-generation Japanese Bolivian. Her personal experiences of growing up as an immigrant across three continents inspired her to become an attorney who understands the challenges that immigrants face and advocates for their rights before the law. She joined Tomita Law Office in 2016.

Eriko is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as Managing Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law. In law school, she represented indigent clients as student attorney for the Low Income Tax Clinic and the Criminal Appellate Practice Clinic, and served as judicial intern for the Honorable Helene N. White of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School—J.D. (2014)
  • Michigan State University—B.A. International Relations (2009)

Admissions

  • State Bar of California (2015)

Languages

  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • English

Location

  • Los Angeles Office

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