James K. Kawahito

James K. Kawahito

Los Angeles, California



Mr. Kawahito's practice focuses on complex, commercial litigation with an emphasis in the following areas of law: products liability, trademark infringement, consumer class actions, wage and hour class actions, contract disputes and unfair competition.  He has litigated cases both on behalf and against Fortune 500 companies.  Jim has represented clients before California state and federal trial courts, and has also handled appeals before the California Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Since forming Kawahito Shraga and Westrick LLP in 2008, Jim has obtained settlements valued in excess of $40 million on behalf of class members.  In addition, he has successfully handled numerous trademark, real estate, and entertainment matters with clients ranging from large hotel management companies to the oldest competitive darts association in the United States.     

Jim previously clerked for the Honorable David Alan Ezra of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. 

At Yale University, Jim was a member of the varsity basketball team.  After graduation, he played four seasons as a professional basketball player in the Japan Basketball League (JBL).

Jim currently sits on the Board of Urban Compass, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting underserved youth in South Central Los Angeles through education, mentoring, and enrichment activities.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Consumer and Employment Class Actions
  • 35% Complex Business Litigation
  • 10% Real Estate Litigation
  • 5% Intellectual Property Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2004
  • Hawaii, 2009


  • UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: UCLA Law Review, Editor
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A.
    • Major: Economics