Clifford Sakata, Attorney at Law. University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1995, University of San Diego School of Law J.D., 2003. Studied internationally at International Christian University, Tokyo Japan and Thammasat University, Bangkok Thailand.
Mr. Sakata is admitted to the New Mexico and Hawaii State Bars and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Sakata has worked for the Japanese government in Nanao city, Ishikawa prefecture as an International Relations Coordinator and served as a Board Member of the Nanao-Monterey Friendship Association. He has interned with the U.S. State Department Office of Foreign Missions in Los Angeles, California. In addition, he has worked for the Legal Department of Taiyo Yuden Corporation in Gunma, Japan and the San Diego Superior Court.
Mr. Sakata has received Honors recognition for his participation in the University of San Diego Immigration Legal Clinic where he assisted low-income individuals with their immigration issues. He also joined the legal staff of the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review as a Judicial Law Intern. In that capacity, he worked closely with Immigration Judges in San Diego, California, assisting them with extensive legal research of current immigration law and drafted final written decisions for removal and exclusion proceedings.
Mr. Sakata entered private practice by joining a San Diego immigration firm as an Associate Attorney. He maintained an active immigration practice involving family, business, and professional visas, labor certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation, and citizenship matters for foreign executives, managers, and professionals. Mr. Sakata is a board member of the Diego Yokohama Sister City Society and is involved with the JET Alumni Association of Southern California and the San Diego Moose Lodge. He is also a California Real Estate Broker and a California Notary Public.