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Recruitment of Lawyers (lateral lawyer)

Mid-level associate position  – Tokyo (Admitted in New York, California or England)

Leading Tokyo law firm Atsumi & Sakai is looking to recruit an experienced associate (qualification in New York, California or England preferred) to work in its award-winning cross-border practice. The successful candidate will work with the Firm’s team of highly-regarded partners on an increasing volume of domestic and cross-border matters requiring English language proficiency. Such candidate will assist those partners with both research and drafting research in cutting-edge practice areas such as international litigation and arbitration, export control and sanctions, information technology and cyber security, and a wide range of regulatory and enforcement matters.


  • 2-4 years’ experience with a reputable law firm, preferably including at least two years of practice post license in the jurisdiction of license prior to arriving in Japan
  • Significant exposure to  research and drafting in litigation and regulatory matters
  • A native English-speaker
  • Willing to commit to working in Japan for at least 2 years

Japanese language skills are not required, though a genuine interest in working in Japan would be a definite plus. The Firm would happy to consider taking a suitable lawyer on secondment from a reputable law firm.

Salary and other compensation

To be determined based on skills and experience, but not less than 10 million yen.


  • Extended child-care leave is available as circumstances require
  • Resort club membership
  • Subject to satisfaction of regulatory requirements, assistance with registration as a foreign lawyer in Japan

Work location

The successful applicant will work at Atsumi & Sakai’s office in central Tokyo with a team of some 140 other lawyers and paralegals in total, including foreign lawyers admitted in the US, England, Germany, Australia, China and India (121 lawyers, 10 registered foreign lawyers and 6 foreign lawyers in total across all group entities and global offices).

How to apply

Please send your resume/curriculum vitae, examples of transactions and a summary of why you wish to work in Japan by post or e-mail to the address stated below. If your skills and experience match the current needs of the Firm, we will contact you to arrange interviews. We take your privacy very seriously and will not disclose your application. Please note that documents you submit will not be returned.

E-mail : 


Atsumi & Sakai Lawyer Recruitment
Fukoku Seimei Bldg.,
2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho
Tokyo 100-0011

(* The candidate would not be able to advise clients directly on the law of their qualification until registered as a foreign lawyer in Japan.) 

Overview of Atsumi & Sakai

Atsumi & Sakai is a Tokyo-based law firm with over one hundred forty attorneys, including registered foreign lawyers and other non-Japanese lawyers, and around eighty staff members. The Firm provides legal services on domestic and cross-border transactions primarily in the fields of finance and corporate law, and there has been a recent increase in workload. In order to enhance and expand the scope of the services provided by the Firm, Atsumi & Sakai wishes to hire spirited and enthusiastic attorneys with experience in a range of fields, not only in finance or corporate law. While Atsumi & Sakai is an international law firm engaged predominantly in cross-border transactions, the Firm also provides services related to civil and bankruptcy cases. The firm is hoping to hire energetic young attorneys wishing to gain experience at a large law firm, or mid-level attorneys who want to expand their business with the help of the infrastructure of a large firm. Atsumi & Sakai offers a workplace environment that actively encourages the participation of female attorneys. Atsumi & Sakai recognizes that attorneys must constantly be cultivating and improving their knowledge and skills. The Firm is managed with an emphasis on professional growth for its attorneys, through engaging in real work on highly technical and complex legal matters and transactions. The Firm hopes to hire new attorneys with this same drive and emphasis on high quality and performance.