Japanese law expertise / International business experience

The Freeman & Partners is a Japanese law firm offering independent legal advice and assistance in English to corporations and individuals around the world.

About us


The Law Offices of Freeman & Partners is dedicated to providing sophisticated advice on domestic and international legal matters relating to Japan, to corporate and individual clients and law firms.

The firm’s principal, Mr. Freeman, combines years of experience practicing as a Japanese bengoshi with international law firm practice at one of the world’s most prestigious international law firms. Mr. Freeman is licensed as a Japanese lawyer (bengoshi) and New York attorney and is fluent in written and spoken Japanese. Ms. Ayako Tsuru, who joined in 2014 from the prominent litigation department of Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto, graduated with an LL.B. from the University of Tokyo, and a J.D. from the University of Tokyo, School of Law, advised clients on a wide range of Japanese law matters, including labor law and privacy law, and international transactions and disputes.

Together we strive to provide solutions to a full range of complex legal matters, particularly where a fundamental understanding of Japanese law and international practice makes a difference.

We look forward to working with you.

Douglas K. Freeman
Attorney-at-Law (Admitted in New York and Japan)

Ayako Tsuru
Attorney-at-Law (Admitted in California and Japan)