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Jiri Mestecky

Partner / Registered Foreign Attorney (Illinois, U.S.A.)

Osaka Office

Major Practice Areas
Intellectual Property / International Practice / International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Mediation) / Corporate / Pharmaceuticals / Europe / North America
Other Qualifications
Attorney at Law Admitted in Illinois, U.S.A. / General Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois / Osaka Bar Association (Registered Foreign Attorney), Japan / Japan Federation of Bar Associations
English / Japanese / Czech / French


Jiri Mestecky is a Registered Foreign Attorney (licensed in Illinois, U.S.A.) and also the first foreign partner of an Osaka-based law firm. He has been with Kitahama Partners since 2003 and prior thereto worked as an attorney in Chicago, Illinois for six years serving both Japanese and international clients. He has also served as the head of the Kansai Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan and has been deeply involved in the international business community in Japan for many years.

Work Highlights

Mr. Mestecky primarily handles transactional and dispute resolution matters related to intellectual property, corporate, commercial, and employment issues. His clients include both Japanese and foreign companies of various sizes, from SME’s to large multi-national corporations, and cover various industries, such as pharmaceuticals, insurance, manufacturing, software, and international schools. His goal in each case is to deliver knowledgeable, multi-lingual, cost-effective and practical advice that the client can actually implement in order to address any legal issues which may arise and also prevent legal issues from arising in the future.

Education & Professional Career

Jun 2006 – PresentKitahama Partners, Partner
2003Joined Kitahama Partners; Registered as a Registered Foreign Attorney (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)
1997Joined Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. (Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.)
1996Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (J.D./M.A.)
1996Summer intern at Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.
Mar 1995 – Jul 1995Kobe University, Faculty of Law, Research Student
Jan 1995 – Jul 1995Kitahama Partners, Trainee
1992University of Florida (B.A.)
1990Kansai Gaidai University, Exchange Student

Other Activities

2012 – PresentSpecial Advisor (Ex Officio), The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan-Kansai Chapter
2012Adjunct Professor, School of Law, Osaka University
2011 – 2015Adjunct Professor, Konan Law School
2010 – 2011Vice President, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan-Kansai Chapter
2008 – 2009Governor, American Chamber of Commerce in Japan-Kansai Chapter
2004 – 2016Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Institute of Business and Accounting, Kwansei Gakuin University
2004 – 2011Adjunct Professor, Kwansei Gakuin University Law School