Photograph of Emily T. Kuwahara


  • Stanford University, B.S. (2002)
  • Michigan State University, M.A. (2004)
  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D. (2007)


  • California


  • Japanese

Emily T. Kuwahara

 Partner Los Angeles
Phone: +1 213.443.5556
515 South Flower St., 40th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2201

Emily Kuwahara is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm's Litigation Group. Emily has a broad-based litigation practice, including breach of contract actions, business torts, antitrust and consumer class actions, unfair competition law and other complex business disputes at both the trial and appellate court levels. Emily has also represented clients in criminal antitrust matters and grand jury investigations, particularly in Japan.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Emily was an associate with Folger Levin & Kahn LLP. Prior to joining that firm, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. While in law school, Emily was an extern to the Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd, California Court of Appeal.

Emily graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in interaction design engineering, an individually designed major. She then received her M.A. in telecommunications from Michigan State University, with an emphasis in telecommunications policy. She received her law degree from the University of Southern California, where she served as a senior copy editor on the Law Review.

Representative Matters


  • Represented The Regents of the University of California in the California Court of Appeal in a case involving taxpayer standing. Obtained affirmance of trial court dismissal on appeal. Case reported at Animal Legal Defense Fund et al. v. California Exposition and State Fairs et al. (2015) 239 Cal. App. 4th 1286.
  • Represented The Regents of the University of California in the California Court of Appeal in multiple appeals, following a bench trial ruling and summary judgment ruling in favor of The Regents. All trial victories were affirmed.
  • Representing pro bono clients in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in immigration matters.
  • Successfully obtained grant of final approval of class action settlements for national client and defended settlement against objectors at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Drafted brief in appeal of a securities fraud action at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals that resulted in a favorable settlement.
  • Represented The Regents of the University of California and professor Dr. Michael Jung in a dispute with a pharmaceutical company, Medivation, over control of a promising prostate cancer treatment drug invented and patented by The Regents. Prevailed in court trial on behalf of Regents, entitling Regents to $32 million in possible future payments pursuant to patent license. On summary judgment defeated all claims that The Regents failed to provide Medivation all contracted for patent rights. Affirmed on appeal.
  • Representing national retailer in consumer class actions in the Southern District of California.
  • Representing Japanese corporation and U.S. subsidiary in antitrust class actions in the Northern District of California.
  • Successfully represented a private equity fund in a declaratory relief action that resulted in a favorable settlement.


Admitted to practice: California, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, U.S. Central District of California, U.S. Northern District of California, U.S. Southern District of California, U.S. District of Colorado


Los Angeles County Bar Association
Japanese American Bar Association, Secretary
Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance

Speeches & Presentations

  • “Sublicensing Income: The Words Still Really Matter,” AUTM 2019 Annual Meeting, Austin, TX (February 13, 2019). Moderator: Emily T. Kuwahara.
  • "Why Defendants Need to Litigate Like a Plaintiff to Win!" ACC Litigation Committee Meeting, Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA (February 22, 2017). Presenters: Gregory D. Call and Emily T. Kuwahara.


Firm News & Announcements

Feb.01.2019 Crowell & Moring’s Emily Kuwahara Named Among Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles
Sep.05.2018 Crowell & Moring Partner Emily Kuwahara Named Among The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s 2018 Best Lawyers Under 40
Jan.09.2017 Crowell & Moring Elects Six New Partners and Promotes 19 Associates to Counsel
Dec.16.2016 Litigation Note: Supreme Court of California Denies Appeal in Medivation, Inc. v. Aragon Pharmaceuticals
Jan.14.2014 Crowell & Moring Elects Five New Partners and Promotes Fourteen Associates to Counsel