I am a builder. I love to understand what drives people and businesses, and what are their challenges. My passion is collaborating with my clients, partners, and teammates on solutions to their problems and on strategies to seize opportunities. My perspective is informed by my diverse background and experiences. I look forward to learning about your project and how I can help you succeed.
Jin Yoshikawa, a member of the Adams and Reese Global IP team, has an IP litigation practice that focuses on federal trademark and anti-counterfeiting cases in courts throughout the United States, trademark cases before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, and other cases involving IP rights. Nearly all involve parties with headquarters or operations outside the U.S., and many are multi-jurisdictional disputes coordinated by the Adams and Reese Global IP Team.
Jin has years of experience serving diverse and global clients, representing multinational pharmaceutical companies in mass tort litigation, doctors and hospital systems in healthcare liability litigation, as well as DACA applicants and indigent clients in pro bono matters.
He has briefed and argued numerous motions in state and federal courts across multiple jurisdictions, deposed lay and expert witnesses, coordinated document review and production teams, and prepped company witnesses. Most recently, he successfully defended a Japanese pharmaceutical company in a product liability lawsuit involving a vascular closure device in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Jin identifies as a third culture kid most comfortable in multicultural settings, having served on international teams and attending an international school. But having spent most of his life in New York, Tokyo, and Tennessee, Jin is culturally and linguistically “at home” in these regions of the world.
In 2022, Jin was selected to participate in the Emerging Leaders Program of the United States-Japan Council, a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship and connect political, economic, and cultural leaders. In addition to strengthening Japanese relations on the international stage, Jin works on strengthening Japan-Tennessee relations as an active member of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee. He also serves on the Diversity Committee of the Nashville Bar Association and participates in activities of API Middle Tennessee, Sister Cities of Nashville, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Jin received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia University in 2009, studying Computer Science with a specialty in Artificial Intelligence. He served as treasurer of the Columbia Japan Society and was a Japanese translator and tutor for the Columbia University Translating and Tutoring Agency.
Before practicing law, Jin was an associate consultant at the Tokyo branch of Bain & Company, advising a U.S. tech company entering the Japanese market. He was assigned to teams forecasting risk, analyzing customer satisfaction, and exploring opportunities in the early Japanese smartphone market. During his tenure at Bain, his client acquired over 20M subscribers and established a firm foothold in the country.
Jin harnessed his knowledge and experience at Bain into his work in the international film and television industry. As a local production manager, he assisted Japanese TV networks and advertising agencies with all aspects of filming in the U.S. and Canada, including location and talent scouting, local sourcing and logistics, and multilingual interdepartmental communications.
In 2017, Jin decided to apply his technology, business, and international skillsets to earn a law degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. While there, he published an article on AI and product liability in the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law and later served as the journal’s editor-in-chief. He interned at the Nashville Metropolitan Government’s Law Department and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. He also volunteered at the Shade Tree Clinic, a medical-legal partnership between Vanderbilt Medical School and Vanderbilt Law School.
- Assisted a Japanese citizen on legal troubles during the national’s stay in Tennessee.
- Argued and won a motion to dismiss a health care liability action against a hospital in Tennessee state court.
- Drafted a successful Daubert motion for a medical device manufacturer in the Eastern District of Tennessee, winning full dismissal of case.
- Served as second chair on healthcare liability action in Tennessee state court.
- Argued and won a motion for partial dismissal of a medical product liability action in Utah federal court.
- Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2009
- Columbia University, B.S., 2009
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
- United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Areas of Practice
- United States-Japan Council, Emerging Leaders Program, 2022
- Lawyers of Color Annual Hot List, 2022
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- U.S.-Japan Council, Associate
- Japan-America Society of Tennessee
- Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association – former Member of the Board
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Nashville Bar Association – Diversity Committee, Young Lawyers Division
- American Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division, Section of Science and Technology Law, Health Law Section, Law Practice Division
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Can What the Supreme Court Said About Device Clearance in Lohr, a “Derelict on the Waters of the Law’, Finally Be Sunk? co-author, Pro Te: Solutio, 15, No. 4, 2022
- “Relationship with Asian and Pacific Islander Community Makes Tennessee a Global Leader,” guest columnist, The Tennessean, 2022
- “Looking Beyond the Pandemic – AI and Digital Health Kick into Warp Speed,” co-author, Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2021
- “Sharing the Costs of Artificial Intelligence: Universal No-Fault Social Insurance for Personal Injuries,” author, 21 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 1155, 2019
- Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: How We Got Here and the Laws That Impacted Our Journey, speaker, Tennessee Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2022
- Can Law Free Us from Technology’s Spheres of Influence?, organizer, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law’s Annual Symposium, 2020