Atsushi Yamada

Atsushi Yamada

Atsushi Yamada has extensive experience in litigation and general corporate matters. A former judge for the Tokyo District Court, as well as other courts, his practice covers a wide range of commercial litigation with a focus on antitrust, international competition and employment law. He also advises various domestic and international clients on general corporate matters, including cross-border transactions. His antitrust practice ranges from advice relating to investigation by competition authorities (including application for amnesty/leniency), representation in courts and tribunals challenging decisions made by agencies, follow-on civil litigation, to merger filings. He also provides general antitrust advice relating to setting up businesses, drafting contracts and issues at the intersection with IP, and assists preparing compliance manuals and conducting compliance trainings. His clients include major companies in various industries, such as information technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, construction, transportation, financial institutions and trading houses. He is also well experienced in providing advice in relation to labor and employment issues in Japan to both Japanese and non-Japanese companies. 

Yamada Atsushi

Practice Areas

Practice Groups

  • Competition Law Group
  • Corporate Crisis Management Practice Group
  • Dispute Resolution Group
  • Technology & Information Practice Group
  • Life Sciences and Health Care Practice Group


Mar 1994 The University of Tokyo (LL.B.)
Apr 1998 The Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan
May 2003 Cornell Law School (LL.M.)



Legal Issues on Evidence in Competition Law Cases JFTC/UNCTAD Workshop for African Competition Agencies
Jul 2015
Features in Competition Case - from a view point of a judge Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Jan 2015
Antitrust in Innovation Markets 2014 International Conference on Antitrust Law Enforcement
Sep 2014
Sanctions on Individuals ICN Cartel Workshop
Oct 2013
Problems on Enforcement Procedures of Antimonopoly Law 2nd Annual Anti-Monopoly & Competition Law Summit
May 2010


Professional Admissions

  • Japan (2005)
  • New York (2013)

Professional and Academic Associations

  • Tokyo Bar Association
  • Japan Competition Law Forum
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association


  • Japanese (first language)
  • English