We Are Business Lawyers


Establishing a Business in the US; Incorporation; Entity Formation; Choice of Entity



Commercial Transactions & Contracts, International Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions



Employment Compliance Consulting, Harassment Investigations, Wage and Hour Compliance



Leases, Property Sales & Acquisitions, Unlawful Detainers, Lease Termination and Assignments



Commercial Litigation, Commercial Arbitration and Mediation, Prop 65 defense, Contract Disputes



Translation Services; Interpreting Services


Teraoka & Partners, LLP | General Counsel To Global And Domestic Enterprises

Teraoka & Partners LLP is recognized as a preeminent West Coast Pacific Rim law firm. Serving clients for over 40 years, we handle cross-border corporate and business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, employment, executive immigration and civil litigation, with Japanese languages services.

Our attorneys serve as general counsel to large and closely-held companies. We advise on most legal affairs affecting businesses, including incorporation, joint ventures/partnerships, limited liability companies, corporate-subsidiary issues, contract/distribution agreements and arrangements, commercial collections, real estate, commercial leases, broker liability, securities regulation, employer-employee matters, immigration matters, licensing, transportation issues, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Through our brain trust of associated counsels, we give our clients access to experienced patent and trademark counsel, estate planning and business litigation expertise, as well as legislative counseling in California regulatory matters.

We are active in US – Japan mergers and acquisitions, representing American and Japanese companies.

Our firm’s Pacific Rim practice serves businesses and individuals throughout Asia, including Japan, China, South Korea, and the Philippines. We help American clients seeking to do business in Asia and Asian clients seeking to operate in the United States.

Our firm’s European practice serves businesses from Germany, France, Italy, Britain, and Norway. We help foreign corporations navigate the complex and often confusing regulations imposed on businesses by American federal and state governments.

We provide Japanese-speaking interpreting and translation services, both verbal and written, for our clients.

Teraoka & Partners LLP is a Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers firm.

We are proud to have been operating since 1976. We serve as general counsel to global enterprises, as well as regional and local businesses, professionals and individuals. Teraoka & Partners LLP is result-oriented and dedicated to providing high quality professional services to its clients at reasonable rates.

We have established a sound reputation for reliability and excellence. Mr. Teraoka and the law firm have earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the 100-year old attorney rating system, which is the highest rated category for superior legal skill and integrity. Mr. Teraoka has been recognized as one of the 5% of attorneys in Northern California, having been honored as one of the “Super Lawyers of Northern California” since 2008 to the present.


Awards and Recognition

Company News


Super Lawyers Magazine

Bridging the Pacific for over 40 years, Teraoka & Partners LLP advises a wide range of Japanese, Asian, and European businesses on commercial and transactional matters.  Successful outcomes and good value have drawn many blue chip businesses.  We congratulate our Managing Partner, Steven G. Teraoka, and his recognition to Northern California Super Lawyers for the 10th consecutive year!      (L to R, Front Row: John Kithas, Naho Shioguchi, Paralegal, Yaeri Yamamoto, Eric Nishizawa, Jayne De Young, Priscilla Woon; Back Row: Ken Nishikawa, Joseph Calhoun, Elizabeth Shoemaker, Eugene Tomine, Thomas…

The Role of Culture in International Law

Teraoka & Partners LLP has been recognized in the Forbes Legal Black Book as an elite U.S. international law firm.   An article appearing in the 2015 Billionaire Issue of Forbes Magazine, “The Role of Culture in International Law,” recognizes Steve Teraoka’s experience and cultural savvy when it comes to helping major global companies achieve their business goals in the United States. Teraoka & Partners LLP, a pre-eminent Pacific Rim law firm, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016. The firm advises a blue chip list of global businesses on international corporate and business transactions,…

The Recorder

Teraoka and Partners has been featured in The Recorder as an AV Top  Rated Lawyer Law Firm.  The Firm is celebrating it's 40th Anniversary in 2016.


We are proud and delighted that Steve Teraoka, founder of Teraoka and Partners, was interviewed and featured  in the JCCNC Monthly News for July and August 2016. 2016 marks the   40th year anniversary of Teraoka and Partners. 

Fortune Magazine

We were thrilled, yet humbled, when the business writers for Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and Bloomberg Business Week, informed us that our law firm was selected to be featured in the legal section for these magazines on newstands as of October 6, 2014.

Legal Leaders Award

Legal Leaders is a publication featuring regional Top Rated Lawyers and covering trends in Law.  It's featured in San Francisco Chronicle, SF Gate, Wall Street Journal, The Recorder Law Business Technology, and Law.com. 

Superlawyers Award

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Forbes Legal Black Book Award

We are delighted to announce that Teraoka & Partners LLP, a pre-eminent Pacific Rim law firm, was named in the Forbes Legal Black Book. The International Law portion of the Legal Black Book appears in the 2015 Billionaire Issue of Forbes Magazine. Created by Forbes Division, the Forbes Legal Black Book is a compendium of elite law firms recognized for providing critical legal services to major U.S. and global corporations. Teraoka & Partners LLP's listing in Forbes Legal Black Book is a mark of the firm's reputation for legal excellence in cross-border business transactions, particularly those involving the Pacific…

Lexis Nexis Award

  The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings After a lawyer's General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Ratings are confirmed, his/her ratings are aggregated to create an overall numeric rating for each rated Area of Practice. The numeric rating determines the Peer Review Rating, which includes a rating term and may include a Certification Mark: AV® Preeminent™ (4.5-5.0) - An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. BV® Distinguished™ (3.0-4.4) - The BV® certification…