Samuel Kishiyama


Samuel Kishiyama focuses his practice on counseling investment companies, including mutual funds, private funds, closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds, and investment advisers on legal, regulatory, compliance, and transactional issues.

Before law school, Sam was a paralegal for the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County in Maryland, where he reviewed filings in guardianship cases, oversaw a panel of court-appointed mediators, and monitored cases for compliance with alternative dispute resolution requirements.

Sam graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Irvine School of Law. During law school, he served as Managing Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review, Vice Chairperson for Internal Affairs for the Student Bar Association, and Law School Representative for the Associated Graduate Students student government organization. Additionally, he sat on the Associated Graduate Students finance committee.

During law school, Sam served as an extern for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where he clerked for Administrative Judge Louis Garcia. His responsibilities included drafting summary judgment orders for Equal Pay Act and Title VII cases as applicable to federal agencies and researching and writing memoranda on legal issues.

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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • J.D., University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • Paralegal Studies Certificate, Anne Arundel Community College
  • B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County


In The Community

At UCI Law, Sam graduated with Pro Bono High Honors and served as a pro bono student leader.
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