Emily Kuwahara is a counsel in Crowell & Moring's Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm's Commercial 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.
- 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.
- Representing 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.
- 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. Case is 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 Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. Central District of California, U.S. Southern District of California
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