Aug 17, 2022
The pandemic put a damper on international travel. It also reduced the opportunities for American lawyers to practice law overseas. But as travel has returned, the demand for legal talent trained in the United States has never been stronger in the Far East.
One country where the need is particularly strong is Japan.
So what does it mean to practice in Japan? How do you find opportunities? What are some of the cultural differences and what do lawyers who are thinking about an international adventure need to know? My guest, Catherine O'Connell, has practiced law in Japan for over 20 years and has a lot of the answers.
Catherine O’Connell is originally from New Zealand, and has worked for major firms in New Zealand, Tokyo and London. She has held several in-house positions for well know Japanese companies.
Today, she has her own boutique law firm in Tokyo where she serves as a fractional lawyer providing on demand legal services to big and small companies. She also serves as an outside general counsel on retainer. She is the first foreign female lawyer to launch a firm in Tokyo.
Catherine has won numerous awards and as host of the award winning Lawyer On Air Podcast.
In the episode, Catherine discusses her experience in assimilating into the Japanese legal community. We also be talk about lessons she has learned from producing her own podcast.