Dale Minami

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Minami Tamaki LLP

Personal Injury
Entertainment Law


J.D., University of California Boalt Hall of Law, 1971
B. A., University of Southern California, 1968
Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

California, 1972
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Dale Minami is recognized as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was selected by Law & Politics Magazine as a Super Lawyer for each year from 2004 through 2013 in the Personal Injury category, one of the Top 100 Super Lawyers for Northern California in 2005 and from 2007 to 2013, in the Top Ten Super Lawyers in the Personal Injury Category for 2013, one of Northern California’s Best Lawyers by Best Lawyers, one of the 500 hundred Best Lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine in 2005 and 2013-2014, and in the top 3% of attorneys in the nation by The Legal News.

He has an “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating for competence and ethics issued by that publication, and reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum, which admits only attorneys who have achieve more than one million dollar award for their clients.

Mr. Minami’s practice focuses on the areas of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, involving claims by persons who have suffered injury, or the death of a close relative through the negligence of another party. He has handled personal injury and wrongful death cases for over 40 years, including claims arising from auto accidents, defective products, slips and falls, accidents involving pedestrians and other situations where persons were injured through the negligence of others. A number of these cases have resulted in verdict and settlement results of over $1 million.

Mr. Minami also represents clients in the entertainment industry including 1992 Olympic Gold Medal skater Kristi Yamaguchi, KPIX weatherman Lawrence Karnow, KGO anchors Carolyn Johnson, Alan Wang and Carolyn Tyler, KGO reporters Vic Lee, Heather Ishimaru, Dan Noyes and David Louie, KGO weatherman Mike Nicco, ABC correspondent Cecilia Vega, KNTV reporter Marla Tellez, KDTV anchor Leticia Maria Gomez, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki. He is counsel to several community organizations, including the Asian American Journalists Association.

He has been involved in significant litigation involving the civil rights of Asian Pacific Americans and other minorities, such as Korematsu v. United States, a lawsuit to overturn a 40-year-old conviction for refusal to obey exclusion orders aimed at Japanese Americans during World War II, originally upheld by U.S. Supreme Court.

Other landmark decisions involving Mr. Minami include: United Pilipinos for Affirmative Action v. California Blue Shield, the first class action employment lawsuit brought by Asian Pacific Americans on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans; Spokane JACL v. Washington State University, a class action on behalf of Asian Pacific Americans to establish an Asian American Studies program at Washington State University; and Nakanishi v. UCLA, a claim for unfair denial of tenure which resulted in the granting of tenure after several hearing and widespread publicity over discrimination in academia.

He was a co-founder of the Asian Law Caucus, the first community interest law firm serving Asian Pacific Americans in the country; a co-founder of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the first Asian American Bar Association in the United States; the Asian Pacific Bar of California; and the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, one of the nation’s first political action committees focused on Asian American candidates and issues.

Mr. Minami has been involved in the judicial appointment process and in establishing or influencing public policy and legislation. President Clinton appointed him as Chair of the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund in January 1996. Mr. Minami has served as a member of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission and has chaired the California Attorney General's Asian Pacific Advisory Committee, advising the State's Attorney General on key issues. He has also served as a Commissioner on the State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominee's Evaluation, and on Senator Barbara Boxer's Judicial Screening Committee, which made recommendations for federal judicial appointments.

Currently, Mr. Minami serves on the advisory boards of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, the Asian Law Caucus's Korematsu Institute and Seattle University's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality. He was a founder and is a member of the Judge Robert M. Takasugi Fellowship, dedicated to providing stipends to law students who commit to public interest work. He has taught at U.C. Berkeley and Mills College in Oakland and was Co-Executive Producer (with Philip Kan Gotanda) of "Drinking Tea" and "Life Tastes Good", both of which were screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Minami has received numerous awards including the American Bar Association’s 2003 Thurgood Marshall Award and “Spirit of Excellence” Award, the 2003 ACLU Civil Liberties Award, the State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, the Citation Award from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law, honorary Juris Doctor degrees from the McGeorge School of Law and the University of San Francisco School of Law, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award in 1993 and the designation of a dormitory at the University of California at Santa Cruz as the “Queen Liliuokalani-Minami” Dormitory.

Mr. Minami has also received the Employment Law Center’s Matthew Tobriner Award, a public interest fellowship in his name established at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law, recognition as a KQED Local Hero, and awards from following organizations and groups: the Coro Foundation, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, the Harry Dow Memorial Fellowship in Boston, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Asian Law Alliance, the Asian Law Caucus, the Fred Korematsu Civil Rights Fund, the Organization of Chinese Americans, the Japanese American Youth organization of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Japanese American Bar Association, the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County the Asian America Bar Association, the Asian Pacific Fund the Japanese Community Youth Council, the Chinatown Community Children’s Center and Centro Legale de la Raza, and The San Francisco Urban + Research Association, among others.

He was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 13, 1946, and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1972. Mr. Minami received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1968. He received his J.D. in 1971 from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California and admitted to practice in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. In 1982, he was admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court.


Alameda County Bar Association
Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, Co-Founder
Consumer Attorneys of California
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Bar Association of San Francisco
Asian Law Caucus Leadership Council Co-Chair

Honorary Juris Doctor Degree, McGeorge School of Law
Fred Korematsu, Civil Rights Fund Award
Thurgood Marshall Award
ABA Spirit of Excellence Award
ACLU of Northern California Civil Rights Award
State Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award
U.C. Berkeley School of Law Citation Award
Designation of a Dormitory at the University of California at Santa Cruz as the Queen Liliuokalani-Minami Apartments
Coro Foundation Leadership Award
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California Community Service Award
Harry Dow Memorial Fellowship in Boston, Justice in Action Award
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Pioneer Award
State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award
Citation Award from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Law
Honorary Juris Doctor degrees from the McGeorge School of Law and the University of San Francisco School of Law