Rikita Karakawa is a visiting attorney in the San Francisco office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

He had practiced for four and a half years at Abe, Ikubo & Katayama, which is a Japanese law firm that focuses on intellectual property litigation and restructuring. He also has an experience of being seconded to a multinational company in Japan.

He not only has been involved in major restructuring, IP dispute cases, but also has experience in antitrust/merger filing matters and has advised clients on general corporate matters.

Admissions & Qualifications

  • Not admitted to practice in California
  • New York
  • Japan


  • English
  • Japanese


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolLL.M.2018
  • The University of Tokyo Faculty of LawJ.D.cum laude2010
  • The University of Tokyo Faculty of LawLL.B.cum laude2008