Tried and True.
UCLA School of Law
Juris Doctor (2014)
Entertainment, Media, and Intellectual Property Law
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude (2011)
Philosophy, Religious Studies, Legal Studies
State Bar of California
United States District Court - Central District of California
"Rising Star" - Southern California
Super Lawyers Magazine (2017-21)
Pasadena Magazine (2016-18)
I didn't believe a ******* thing [the witness you cross-examined] said.
- Juror, post-trial
Notable Recent Cases
In re: Volkswagen Diesel Emissions
Mr. Kawabata was a member of the team that represented owners of VW vehicles marketed as “clean diesel” but secretly equipped by Volkswagen with illegal software designed to cover up a massive conspiracy to deceive the EPA and the American public.
In re: Gold King Mine
Publications and Other Media
- Guide to Beating an Eviction in LA (Co-authored with Elliot Rosenberger), LAevictionhelp (2020).
- Arbitration Snags and How to Unsnag Them (Co-authored with Julie R. F. Gerchik)
Law360 (February 26, 2019).
- Building Character: How to Grant Actors Limited Copyright Protection for Performances 16 Tex. Rev. Ent. & Sports L. 1 (2015) (reprinted in Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts Handbook (West, 2015)).
- Unresolved Textual Tension: Capitol Records v. ReDigi and a Digital First Sale Doctrine
21 UCLA Ent. L. Rev. 33 (2014).
While in law school, Mr. Kawabata was enrolled in the entertainment, media and intellectual property concentration and worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment and NBCUniversal.
He also served as the co-chairman for the Public Interest Law Fund, an editor for the flagship UCLA Law Review, a competitor on the moot court and trial advocacy competition teams and the 1L class president. During and after law school, Mr. Kawabata coached college and law school mock trial for the national award-winning UCLA trial advocacy teams.
His’s first college job was at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. He spent most of his time in college as a captain of the trial advocacy team, general manager of NU Channel 1 (the university TV station), and showrunner of a mockumentary sitcom about zombies.
In the summer of 2020, he began to practice alongside his law school friend, Elliot Rosenberger. Makoa and Elliot are independent attorneys and often co-counsel renters’ rights and public investors’ cases together.