Bruce Ishimatsu | Candidate for Vice President for Finance and Development

Bruce L. Ishimatsu

Candidate for Vice President for Finance and Development

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Candidate Statement

I seek to continue as NAPABA's Vice President for Finance and Development for a second year. I have had the privilege of attending all board meetings and the 2019 Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. meeting during my first term. I have worked with our fundraising team to bring new platinum and gold Convention sponsors and furthered sponsorship relationships to our organization. I am pleased to report that we are ahead of our annual fundraising goal for 2019.

I am the designated board liaison to the NAPABA Law Foundation board where I have worked with NLF and the NAPABA board to find ways to assist NLF's own fundraising.

Goals for NAPABA and Alignment with Strategic Plan

As the board member tasked with fundraising, I am deeply involved with where and how we raise funds for our organization and how it affects the direction of NAPABA in light of its Strategic Plan.

As a professional membership organization, NAPABA must support its members with their career development goals and to advocate for the API community. I am proud of NAPABA's successes in advocating for our community and will continue to support that effort.

Challenges facing NAPABA

NAPABA's growth trajectory requires that it constantly evaluate where it is and where it is going. As with all board members, my continuing obligation is to help NAPABA deliver member services including a high-level Convention experience and career development and also to speak on behalf of the API community on matters of policy and advocacy. We need sponsorship money from all sectors, including law firms and corporations, to fuel the community work that we do. We also need to support our talented and hard-working staff to continue doing the work that is the lifeblood of NAPABA.

The need to continue NAPABA's multi-faceted mission is what energizes me in fundraising. Advocacy is important and NAPABA will continue to be a leader in that regard as we did in the recent census question controversy. We need generous funding from sponsors to enable us to advocate, to speak out on important issues in a timely fashion, and to provide professional development resources to our members. As our members become more influential, NAPABA becomes more influential.

How Do I Anticipate Accomplishing My Goals?

In the past year as VP Finance, I have applied my experiences to contribute to Team NAPABA to drive the organization. I have collaborated with board and staff members to maximize our fundraising successes and appreciate their contributions. My goals are to help make NAPABA bigger, better and more efficient in carrying out its mission and to be more relevant to its members. My goals are organizational, not personal. My methodology is collaborative, not divisive. With help from the board, the staff and members, I am confident I can continue that effort successfully through a second term. 

I am particularly excited about working on fundraising for the 2020 Convention in Los Angeles, where I reside. 10 years ago, I was one of four Co-chairs of the 2010 Convention at the JW Marriott where we held the Convention and elevated the Convention experience to the level that we have now come to expect every year. My Los Angeles connections will enable me to be a particularly effective fundraiser for the 2020 Convention.

Why Would I Be a Strong NAPABA Officer?

I have proven myself to be a contributing and devoted board member and effective fundraiser in collaboration with NAPABA's staff, board and stakeholders. I have brought to bear my collective experience as a NAPABA board member, former Chair of the Partners Committee, board member of NLF and Co-Chair of the Awards Committee. Co-chairing the 2010 Convention in Los Angeles was an especially helpful experience which enables me to serve as a strong board member today. 

The totality of my experience will make me an even more effective board member in 2019-20 and help me continue to work with NLF to boost its own fundraising effort.

I look forward to continuing my service as Vice President for Finance and Development and ask for you support and vote to enable me to continue that effort into 2020.

Candidate Bio

Bruce Ishimatsu is the founder of Ishimatsu Law Group in Marina del Rey, California and is NAPABA’s current Vice President for Finance and Development. He has worked diligently to raise funds to support NAPABA’s multi-faceted mission. He also serves as a current Co-Chair of NAPABA’s Awards Committee and is the board representative to NAPABA’s Law Foundation board. Previously, Bruce was chair of the Partners Committee for several years and a co-chair of NAPABA’s 2010 Convention in Los Angeles when convention fundraising was done by the local host committee. He was awarded NAPABA’s President’s Award in 2010. Professionally, Bruce represents private clients in commercial litigation in state and federal courts and arbitrations in business and employment disputes, trade secrets, intellectual property, and unfair competition. Bruce is an independent workplace investigator and is a certified FINRA arbitrator in securities law disputes.


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NAPABA Affiliate Endorsements

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Japanese American Bar Association
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Individual Endorsements

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Name Company*
Ireneo Reus III
Ruthe Ashley Ruthe Ashley
Alen Hsu  Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L.
Marvin Dang  Law Off. of Marvin S.C. Dang, LLLC
Darryl Woo  Goodwin Procter LLP 
Laurie Rose Lubiano  The Climate Corporation
Craig Nakanishi Cades Schutte LLP 
Inchan Hwang Stinson LLP 
Gary Yoshimura Retired
Peggy Nagae  Peggy Nagae Consulting 
Bettina Yip Petco
Donna Chin  Donna C Chin, Esq.
Darryl Woo  Goodwin Procter LLP
Luci-Ellen Chun LACCD 
Michael Wu   
Paul W. Lee  Goodwin Procter LLP
Annette Kwok  Venable LLP
Quyen Tu  Alliance for Justice 
Deborah Yue  Law Office of Deborah Yue
Ekwan Rhow  Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert et al. 
Parkin Lee  Rockefeller Group
Paul O. Hirose  Perkins Coie LLP
Hon. Howard L. Halm (Ret.)  ADR Services, Inc. 
Gina Shishima  Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Judy Lam  Maynard Cooper & Gale LLP
Jeannie Kim  Friedman & Springwater LLP 
Joan Haratani  Morgan Lewis
Jack Chan   Law Office of Jack Chan LLC
Bonnie Youn  The RMN Agency
Grace Yoo Law Offices of Grace E. Yoo
Angela Hsu President-Elect
Sandra Yamate  Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Dale Minami  Minami Tamaki LLP
Donald Tamaki  Minami Tamaki LLP 
Wilson Chu  McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Simone Wu  Choice Hotels International
Mark Furuya  Clark Construction Group LLC
Vivian Hsu  Hsu & Associates LLC
Jen Won Bird Marella
Josephine Brosas  Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Jay Kim  Kim Vaughan Lerner LLP
Sidney Kanazawa  McGuireWoods LLP
Sharlene Lee  Nevers, Palazzo, Packard, Wildermuth & Wynner, PC
Paul Chan  Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert et al.
Mimi Castillo   
Philip Nulud  Buchalter, A Professional Corporation
Gene Woo  California Department of Insurance
Edwin Prather  Prather Law Offices
Steven Yoda  Walzer Melcher LLP
David Tsai  Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Tirzah Lowe  Fox Corporation
Masahiro Takeda  Wine of Japan Import Inc.
Mike Madokoro  Bowman and Brooke LLP
Margaret Ling  Big Apple Abstract Corp

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