Sandy Sakamoto

PARTNER

Los Angeles

Phone: (213) 955-9500 (Ext. 160)
Fax: (213) 955-9511
sandy.sakamoto@limnexus.com

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • U.S. District Court: Central District
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit

Articles & Presentations

  • “Fundamentals of Ethics (When Belts and Suspenders May be Appropriate,” panelist, 2016 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting (Houston).
  • “True Grit and Growth Mindset – Secrets of Success,” panelist, webinar, Women’s Leadership Network of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, August 2015.
  • “Indemnification Agreement and Indemnification,” panelist, 2012 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting
  • “Right of Way Case Law Updates,” panelist, Law Seminars International, November 2001.

Sandy Sakamoto specializes on business, real estate and financial transactions. Her experience includes real estate development, build-to-suit office facilities, acquisitions, dispositions, leases, and commercial loans. Ms. Sakamoto also represents energy utilities in acquisition of renewable power. As a relationship partner, she supervises various business and employment litigation matters for major clients.

In addition, Ms. Sakamoto has experience on a wide variety of commercial and tort litigation, cell site licensing, telecommunications operations, and issues involving easements and public rights-of-way. Ms. Sakamoto worked very closely with clients in the formulation of successful business and legal strategies to overcome regulatory obstacles to place new fiber-based technologies in public rights-of-way and to challenge municipalities seeking to regulate exempted utility operations. She also has advised on environmental compliance and public utility affiliate transactions.

Prior to joining LimNexus, Ms. Sakamoto served as General Attorney and Assistant General Counsel for a global Fortune 50 telecommunications company in charge of its Los Angeles regional law department.

Ms. Sakamoto is based in Los Angeles.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a major power utility in personal injury litigation and trial regarding utility operations.
  • Represent financial arm of a major auto maker in commercial real estate loans
  • Analyzed and advised on UCC filings for 100+ commercial loans for the financial services arm of major auto maker.
  • Represented the U.S. financing arm of a global automaker in regards to real estate and construction loans aggregating more than $90 million for acquisition and development of dealerships.
  • Represented a major university in the negotiation and drafting of a lease renewal for 140,000 square foot commercial building for research and development purposes.
  • Represented a major bank in the pursuit of $24 million in claims against a major downtown developer and affiliated entities.
  • Represented a developer in the assumption of a $78 million loan in connection with the purchase of a regional shopping center.
  • Represented a major energy utility in a real estate transaction to acquire mitigation properties in connection with a major transmission line project.
  • Advised major energy utility on risk mitigation in the structuring of a complex financial transaction involving a developer of biofuel for energy generation.

Practice Areas

REAL ESTATE

  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Development
  • Leasing
  • Utility Right-of-Way

Business and Finance

  • Business Transactions
  • Financing
  • Renewable Energy Purchasing
  • Telecommunications
  • Utility Law

Commercial Litigation

  • Business Disputes and Torts
  • Real Estate

Education

  • Loyola Law School (J.D., 1983)
  • California State University Dominguez Hills (M.S.A., 1978)
  • University of Utah (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, 1974)

Foreign Languages

  • N/A

Honors & Distinctions

  • Local Hero Award, presented by KCET and Union Bank

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms, Board of Directors and past Co-Chair of Transaction Practice Area Committee
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Co-Chair of Executive Advisory Council, Board Member and past Chair of Board of Directors
  • Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment, Vice Chair of Board of Directors
  • Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Board Member and past Chair of Board of Directors
  • US-Japan Council, Member, JALD Alumni, and Steering Committee for Southern California region.
  • Japanese American Bar Association, Member
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