Minami Tamaki LLP
University of California, Berkeley
415 788 2705
Don Tamaki, a Partner with Minami Tamaki LLP, was born and raised in Oakland, California. His practice focuses on Corporate and Business, non-profit corporations, Contracts and Entertainment Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1976 and to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has received and 'AV' rating, the highest grade for legal competence and ethics by the Martindale-Hubble Law Directory, a nationwide compilation of attorneys. Mr. Tamaki's specialties include the preparation and negotiation of agreements involving technology research and development, formation of joint-venture companies, manufacture and distribution, and technology licensing for both large multi-national corporations as well as emerging companies. For example, he represented Toppan Forms Co. Ltd. from its fledgling development of signature capture technology, to its subsequent manufacture of the first hand-held computers used by United Parcel Services drivers. He also represents start-up technology companies in their formation, investor financing, and acquisition, as well as in their day-to-day operations. His governmental practice includes serving as co-bond counsel in representing the City and County of San Francisco in its public financing, and his on-going representation of the Consulate General of Japan. He has also provided representation to the Alameda County Medical Center, and the San Francisco Airport. Mr. Tamaki represents privately owned and operated businesses such as DiCon Fiberoptics, Inc. (fiberoptic components manufacturer), small businesses such as SafeBridge Consultants, Inc. (environmental and occupational toxicologists and industrial hygienists serving the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical industries) and critically acclaimed restaurants Kirala and Postino. He has extensive experience in entertainment law, representing Olympic ice skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, independent filmmakers and film distribution companies including Farallon Films and its Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Steven Okazaki (in connection with his productions for HBO), and the National Asian American Telecommunications Associations (licensing deals with independent filmmakers and the broadcast of their work on public television). He maintains an active practice representing non-profit corporations, including the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering, composed of the leading U.S. research universities in seismic engineering, advising the State Bar of California on its commercial transactions, and two of the largest residential substance abuse treatment programs in the Bay Area, Baker Places, Inc., and Asian American Recovery Services, Inc. He has also been retained by the California Primary Care Association to provide state-wide advice and training to community-based health clinics in California with respect to their negotiations and licensing of PMS and EMR system software to manage their burgeoning electronic data requirements. In the health field, Mr. Tamaki represents a number of well-known medical clinics providing a broad range of services to thousands of patients. Mr. Tamaki's litigation background includes representing clients in numerous disputes in both trial and administrative hearings. He has successfully represented PG&E in many complaint cases before the California Public Utilities Commission. He also defended Patrick Hayashi, who came up with Barry Bonds' 73rd homerun ball, only to be sued by a plaintiff claiming to have 'caught' the historic and valuable baseball. After the plaintiff rejected Hayashi's multiple offers to split ownership of the ball, the case went to trial resulting in the court exonerating Hayashi of any wrongdoing, and affirming his half interest in the ball. In keeping with the firm's tradition and commitment to public service, Mr. Tamaki served as a member of the pro bono legal team which successfully reopened the landmark Supreme Court cases of Fred Korematsu, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui, overturning their convictions for refusing to be interned during WWII, and he remains a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley in connection with these historic legal events.