Chiharu Sekino joined Shepherd Finkelman Miller & Shah, LLP (the "Firm") in 2008 as a legal assistant. She became an associate at the Firm in 2015. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
Ms. Sekino earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego in 2007, where she double-majored in Political Science and Japanese Studies. While working for the Firm, she concurrently received a law degree from California Western School of Law, graduating cum laude, and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University in 2015. She is a member of The California Western Law Review and served as a Law Clerk for the San Diego Public Defender's Office, Juvenile Division and San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program. She also provided individual counseling to students as a social work intern at Monroe Clark Middle School.
Chiharu is Bilingual (Japanese/English), resides in San Diego and is active in community affairs. She was a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for a program called Voices for Children, an organization that advocates for children who have been abused and/or neglected and are under the protection of the court system. Currently, she volunteers with Reading Legacies, a nonprofit organization that empowers children through inter-generational shared-reading experiences.
Ms. Sekino concentrates her practice on complex commercial, employment, and wage/hour cases. She has also assisted in numerous complex consumer class action, ERISA, whistleblower, and False Claims Act cases. She is currently the Co-Chair and Board Member of the Japanese American Bar Association, San Diego Committee.
Areas of Practice
- Complex Commercial
- California, 2015
Certified Legal Specialties
- University of California - San Diego, San Diego, California
- Major: Political Science
- Major: Japanese Studies
Pro Bono Activities
- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate Program) volunteer