Masuda Funai offers a full range of legal services to handle all aspects of establishing and growing our clients' businesses. Each of our practice areas has developed expertise in specialty disciplines, yet our unique structure allows for maximum flexibility in combining different practice areas to address each specific project. Our collaborative approach enables us to provide efficient, integrated services and creative solutions for our clients.
Founded by Thomas Masuda in 1929, Masuda Funai has grown to over 45 attorneys and three offices, located in downtown and suburban Chicago and Los Angeles. The firm is 37% minority-owned and the professionals in our Midwest and West Coast offices service our more than 1,500 clients, many of which have been represented by the firm for decades. Masuda Funai strives to establish long-term relationships with clients by providing customized legal services in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Our practice was built on representing international companies entering, operating and investing in the United States. Over the past 80 years, we have guided our clients through the complex legal network in the U.S. Whether you're a small corporation locating in the U.S. for the first time, or an established global entity, we have the knowledge, experience and cultural understanding to represent you successfully. We can assist you with every aspect of your business including: establishing, acquiring, and financing operations; ownership, development and leasing of real estate; transfer of overseas employees to the U.S.; employment, labor, and benefits counseling and dispute resolution; intellectual property, copyright and trademark; business litigation services from simple to complex commercial disputes and bankruptcy secured creditors' rights; structuring the distribution and sale of products and services throughout the U.S.; and estate planning and administration.
Our broad client base spans many different industries and technologies. We represent leading manufacturers and distributors of automotive parts, machine tools, printing presses and electronics. Other clients include financial institutions; transportation and construction companies; professional service organizations; computer and technology companies; and suppliers of food, household and outdoor goods.
Bryan Funai counsels U.S. based and foreign clients on corporate structure, reorganizations and the establishment of subsidiaries. Mr. Funai advises clients on the establishment of corporations and limited liability companies, as well as on divestitures, consolidations and sale of companies. He often represents clients in the drafting, reviewing and negotiation of contracts, including, sales, confidentiality, purchase, acquisition, stock purchase, joint venture and license agreements.
As an experienced business immigration attorney, Mr. Funai counsels clients on the immigration ramifications of various corporate structures. He prepares business plans to comply with the myriad of immigration laws and advises clients on the immigration consequences of corporate reorganizations. Because he is familiar with all types of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, he advises clients on which is best suited to the company's needs. He also counsels executives on their eligibility for permanent residency and the application process required to obtain this status.
Mr. Funai speaks Japanese and frequently travels to Japan to stay abreast of the changes taking place at the Consular Posts in Osaka and Tokyo. He has authored several immigration articles for organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Japan External Trade Organization. In addition, Mr. Funai is often invited to speak at legal education and business seminars.
Mr. Funai is a Founding Fellow of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers and is listed in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.