Ms. Yamabe joined International Practice Group as an associate attorney in January 2011. Ms. Yamabe practice at IPG focuses on civil litigation matters both domestic and international.  Mr. Yamabe has extensive jury trial experience in tort, business and commercial disputes including breach of contract claims, partnership disputes, software licensing litigation, real estate disputes and international arbitration and mediation. Ms. Yamabe serves a diverse array of clients, from individuals who have never been involved in litigation before to sophisticated multinational corporations.

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• Associate Attorney

Practice Areas
Civil Litigation

• Admissions
State Bar of California
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California

Ms. Yamabe was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. She attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where she majored in American Studies and minored in Asian American Studies. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in 2005, she clerked at Case Lombardi & Pettit, a large-sized civil litigation, business, and real estate firm in Honolulu.

Ms. Yamabe received her legal education at California Western School of Law. As a law student, she interned at the Domestic Violence Restraining Order and Guardianship Clinics at the Madge Bradley and Vista Courts, for which she received a Distinguished Service Award from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. Ms. Yamabe was also on the Dean’s List and a member of the Pro Bono Honor Society. She also served as the President of the Hawaii Law Student Association.


Representative Matters:

  • Represented hotel owner in an arbitration procedure relating to termination of a franchise agreement with a major US hotel chain, which resulted in a favorable settlement in favor of client. Arbitration included complex trademark, franchise, and choice-of-law issues.
  • Represented client against major Southern California grocery store chain in a slip-and-fall claim that resulted in a favorable judgment for client.
  • Extensive discovery and briefing involving the intersection of federal copyright and bankruptcy law, culminating in favorable bankruptcy court ruling confirming software developer client’s ownership of enterprise resource planning software allegedly sold in Chapter 7 trustee sale of substantially all the debtor’s assets.
  • Represented client against a residential care facility for the elderly in negligence and wrongful death claim that resulted in favorable settlement in favor of client.
  • Represented client in successful termination of litigation in bankruptcy court and federal district court seeking to enforce employment agreement/covenant not to compete, in favor of national concrete pumping company client.