Masaru Funai

Masaru Funai is one of the founders of the firm. Mr. Funai concentrates his practice on advising Japanese enterprises entering the U.S. market on all phases of business commencement, including formation of subsidiary companies, acquisition of existing U.S. business organizations, formation of joint ventures with U.S. companies and establishing distributorships and other sales networks. He has been involved in the formation of various joint ventures in the United States, Japan, the Philippines and Europe for the manufacture, sale and distribution of automotive parts and machine tools, as well as products and services related to the automotive industry. Mr. Funai currently serves as an advisor or on the board of directors of numerous privately held companies.

Mr. Funai is legal advisor to the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago, an organization comprised of more than 400 Japanese businesses. He is also legal counsel to the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago. In 2001, Mr. Funai was honored with The Fourth Class of the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the country of Japan.

Updated December 2009


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Masaru Funai Chicago Lawyer

I am a transplant in Chicago, having arrived from Hawaii with my wife, Carolyn, in 1954 to attend Northwestern University Law School. Our children, Bryan and Shari, were both born in Chicago and we have made this city our home for the past 55 years.


I have been asked a countless number of times what made me leave the Hawaiian Islands and relocate in Chicago. My short answer has always been, “You can’t eat sand and sunshine.” My real reason for choosing Chicago as our permanent home was the fact that attempting to establish a law practice in Hawaii …

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