On Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, Third Judicial Department reinstated the law license of Attorney Kazuto Yamamoto, allowing him to once again practice law in the state.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kazuto Yamamoto,” with case no. PM-274-23.

Yamamoto had been suspended from practice by an order of the Third Judicial Department issued in May 2019. On October 3, 2023, Yamamoto filed a motion seeking reinstatement of his license. His filing included an affidavit and exhibits intended to demonstrate compliance with the rules resulting in his 2019 suspension.

The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department replied to Yamamoto’s motion on November 9, 2023. On December 7, 2023, the Appellate Division found clear and convincing evidence that Yamamoto had satisfied the requirements for reinstatement under court rules. The panel specifically noted his compliance with the 2019 suspension order and the rules of the court.

The court further concluded Yamamoto currently possesses the proper character and fitness to practice law and that reinstating his license would be in the public interest. The Third Department then unanimously granted Yamamoto’s motion, restoring his ability to work as an attorney in New York effective immediately.

The Disposition states:

“ORDERED that respondent’s motion for reinstatement is granted; and it is further ORDERED that respondent is reinstated as an attorney and counselor-at-law, effective immediately.”

At the time of writing, Mr. Yamamoto is listed as a member of the Daiichi Legal Professional Corporation. He attended the Northwestern University, School of Law, graduating in 2008. He acquired his law license in New York in 2009.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.