Miwa Shoda is a native of Japan and is admitted to practice law both in Japan (inactive) and the United States. Drawing on her extensive practice experience in both Japan and the United States, deep understanding of Japanese business culture, and language skills, Ms. Shoda has significant experience representing Japanese companies in litigation and transactional/corporate matters in the United States.
After she passed the Japanese bar exam in 2001 (a period in which the passing rate was only 2.5%), Ms. Shoda began her career in 2004 as an attorney at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, one of the top firms in Tokyo. While there, she handled a wide range of international cases and matters, with particular emphasis on international litigation, antitrust and intellectual property issues, including trademarks and patents.
Since she joined Jenner & Block in 2009, Ms. Shoda has advised Japanese companies on a variety of legal matters – including litigation, intellectual property, corporate, antitrust, white-collar and M&A – across the United States. She plays a key role in most matters in which Jenner & Block represents Japanese companies.
Ms. Shoda’s extensive practice experience in both Japan and the United States, as well as her deep understanding of Japanese business culture, is highly appreciated by Japanese companies in various industries who face legal issues in the United States, where the legal system and business culture differ vastly from that of Japan.
Prior to joining Jenner & Block, Ms. Shoda worked as a visiting attorney in the Los Angeles office of a large international law firm, where she represented Japanese clients in a well-publicized antitrust case, in addition to assisting on patent litigation and negotiations, among other matters.
Ms. Shoda is admitted to practice law in Japan (currently inactive), California and New York. Ms. Shoda was born and raised in Japan and completed her legal education in both Japan and the United States (University of Chicago Law School, LL.M.; University of Tokyo Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, Master of Laws; and University of Tokyo, Bachelor of Laws). Her native language is Japanese, and she is fluent in English.