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Daniel Sakaguchi

 Daniel Sakaguchi 

 Candidate for Vice-President for Programs and  Operations



Personal Statement

I am honored to submit my name as a candidate for the position of Vice-President of Programs & Operations for 2016-2017. I hope continue the work of strengthening this diverse, vibrant and growing organization and planning for its future.

I have had the privilege of serving as an At-Large Board Member on the NAPABA Board of Governors for the past two years, where I have been able to work on a variety of task forces and initiatives with current Board Members, Affiliate leaders, members of the Leadership Advisory Council and other NAPABA partners. I have enjoyed in particular working in 2016 on a programs task force to examine and improve existing programs and exploring and vetting potential new offerings for our membership. I have also continued to co-chair the Regional Conference Committee—one of NAPABA’s four operational committees—working to increase transparency with respect to roles and responsibilities and improve these important events. In 2015 and 2016, I served on the steering committee for the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (CBLA), coordinating alumni contributions to this year’s successful program in Seattle and forging key relationships with the leaders of the other national bars of color, the LGBT bar and the ABA.

In addition to ensuring the growth of important strategic initiatives, such as Lobby Day, it is my goal for 2016-2017 to implement the recommendations of the programs task force, to continue its work of improving existing programs and services and to revisit the Strategic Plan to determine how best it may be updated, particularly with respect to NAPABA’s provision of information and resources to Affiliates (the Affiliate Toolkit) and to promote the sharing of best practices among Committees (such as the highly successful webinar series conducted by the Solo & Small Firm Network). In my two years of experience on the Board, I have also gained a solid, practical understanding of NAPABA's Programs & Operations and have developed excellent relationships with Board Members and Staff, and I am confident in my ability to assemble the right teams to accomplish these goals. 

We are the national voice of the APA legal profession, which is multifaceted and dynamic, thus NAPAPA will continue to face the challenge of speaking in unison and working toward greater inclusion while celebrating its own diversity. As a Board Member, I have engaged in dialogue, actively listened to others’ voices and worked to build consensus, and I will bring this spirit to the position I seek. 

I have a strong record of bar service, locally and nationally. I am a former President of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association (MAABA) in and have been a board member for seven years. Since attending my first NAPABA conference in Boston in 2009, I have become progressively more involved with NAPABA at the national level. I chaired Central Regional Conference in St. Louis in 2011, and since 2012, I have served annually on an Awards Committee subcommittee. In 2013, I served on the host committee for the 2013 NAPABA Annual Convention in Kansas City, where I also co-chaired the CLE programming committee. I was a member of the inaugural class of the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy in 2013, and in early 2014, I became co-chair of the Regional Conference Committee. 

Professionally, I am a litigation partner in the St. Louis headquarters of Armstrong Teasdale LLP where I handle complex business disputes involving trade secrets, copyrights, telecommunications, life, health, disability and ERISA and insurance coverage issues. Prior to entering private practice, I was a public defender in California and Missouri. I obtained my undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and I was born and raised in Hawaii. Having spent my early years in places far more diverse and inclusive than where I now call home, I see starkly the work required to promote diversity and opportunity for APAs—but I also know the great potential for transformation. NAPABA emboldens and inspires me to continue this work, and the example set by so many of its intrepid members has been very important to me and the rest of the APA lawyers in the Central Region. I am deeply grateful to NAPABA and its mission and hope to be able to continue to give back. 

I would be honored to serve as Vice President of Programs & Operations. If you have any questions about my candidacy, please do not hesitate to contact me at Thank you for your commitment and contributions to NAPABA and for voting in this election.

Candidate Bio

Daniel Sakaguchi is a partner in Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation and IP Litigation practice groups and handles litigation and arbitration in a variety of areas, including commercial and intellectual property disputes, telecommunications, insurance coverage disputes and life, health, disability and ERISA claims. He also has significant experience in construction litigation, municipal development and financing, whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act, and franchise disputes. He has represented Fortune 100 and 500 companies in complex lawsuits in both state and federal court, and is licensed in Missouri, Illinois and California. Daniel has served as an At-Large Board Member for NAPABA and has co-chaired the Regional Conference Committee since 2014. He is a past president of the Missouri Asian American Bar Association and currently on its Board of Directors. He was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a 2011 “40 Under 40” and was recognized by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® (2014-2015) and as a Rising Star (2010-2012), and by Best Lawyers in America® for Copyright Law in 2015.


Name Company*  
Emilia Castillo Castillo Law Offices/Mediation Arbitration

Janet Hajek Agilent Technologies, Inc.  
Sun Choi DC Metro Law, LLC  
Alexander Lee Law Offices of Alexander M. Lee
Bettina Yip Pet Food Express  
Bridgette Ahn Law Office of Bridgette Y. Ahn  
Steven Reeves Faegre Baker Daniels LLP  
Charles Jung Nassiri & Jung LLP  
Annette Kwok Venable LLP  
William Simonitsch K&L Gates LLP  
Joe Lee Microsoft Corporation  
Miriam Kim Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP  
Asian American Bar Association of
the Greater Bay Area
Jay Kim Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP  
Richard Juang Polsinelli PC  
Andrew Hahn Duane Morris LLP  
Michael Wu Carter's, Inc.  
Missouri Asian American Bar
Peter Chung Benton Lloyd & Chung LLP  
Inchan Hwang Gray Plant Mooty  
David Kahng Bobcat Company  
Greg Schwartz Billion & Armitage  
David Kim Barta Jones & Foley  
Ronald Nguyen Legal Aid of Western Missouri  
Gene Woo California Department of Insurance  
Liani Reeves Bullard Law  
William Lee Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.  
James Robinson Law Office of James J. Robinson  
Johnny Wang Stinson Leonard Street LLP  
Curtis Hom Innova Legal Group PLLC  
Han Choi Ballard Spahr LLP  
Angela Hsu Duke Realty Corporation  

Minnesota Asian Pacific American
Bar Association

NAPABA Solo & Small Firm Network    
Asian American Bar Association of
Kansas City
Nathan Okubo Cades Schutte LLP  
Christopher Javillonar Permobil, Inc.   
Jed Wulfekotte Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP  
Jessica Courtway Greensfelder Hemker and Gale P.C.  
Asian Pacific American Bar 
Association of the Greater
Washington, DC Area
Christine 'Chrissy' Changho Bruneau Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, LLP  
Susan Ikazaki Jackson County Missouri Court Administration  
Gary Zhao SmithAmundsen LLC  
Diem Kaelber Fisher Broyles, LLP  
Maylin Mahoney Wolk and Associates, P.C.  
Jack Chen Microsoft Corporation  
Linda Wong ProFile Discovery  
Oregon Asian Pacific American
Bar Association
Sandra Yamate Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession  
Louisiana Asian Pacific American
Bar Association
Lisa Westergaard American Academy of Family Physicians  
Wendy Shiba    

*All work or organizational affiliations disclosed are for identification and disclosures purposes only, and do not constitute endorsements by those institutions.