Lori S. C. Yokoyama is Principal and Founding Member of the Chicago law firm of Lori S. C. Yokoyama & Associates, P.C. Founded in June 2000, the firm has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Its practice areas include civil and commercial litigation, corporate, employment, administrative law/government relations and real estate.
In addition to founding her own firm, Lori S. C. Yokoyama is a founding/managing Partner of Sukai LLP (2009-present); President/General Counsel of DAC Imaging (2005-present); served as Chief Operating Officer for Affiliated Radiologists, S. C. in Chicago (2000-2001), and as a consultant (2001-2003) for them. Prior to that time, she was senior equity partner at the law firm of Sanchez & Daniels (1988-2000); and co-managing partner of Sanchez, Daniels, Yokoyama, Hastie & Greene in Los Angeles, California (1997-1999). Prior to joining Sanchez, Yokoyama was an associate at Hinshaw, Culbertson, Moelmann, Hoban & Fuller (1981-1988); and an associate at William D. Maddux & Associates (1979-1981).
Yokoyama is a graduate of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Executive Masters Program (1994). She received her juris doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law (1980). She is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting/business (1977), with honors. Yokoyama is a faculty member at DePaul University, College of Law, where she serves as an Adjunct Professor teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy.
Yokoyama is admitted to practice in the States of Illinois and Texas. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; the Federal District Court for the Northern and Central District of Illinois; and, the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois.
Minority and female-owned and operated, Lori S. C. Yokoyama & Associates, P.C. is currently certified as a woman and/or minority owned business by the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (CMBDC); U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC); National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF); the City of Chicago; County of Cook; the Illinois Department of Central Management Services; the Illinois Department of Human Rights.
Lori S. C. Yokoyama has been active in the professional, political, civic and community arenas. She is a member of Senator Mark Kirk’s Asian Advisory Council; Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Performance Audit Working Group; The Economics Club of Chicago (1998-present). Yokoyama served as a faculty member for Intertek’s Risk Assessment Management Product Safety Training-“Product Safety and Liability” (2007-present); an appointed member of the DePaul University College of Law, Dean’s Advisory Council (2000- 2009); was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Japan America Society of Chicago (2000-2006); was an Advisory Board member of the Chinese American Service League, Inc. (1997-2009.); and was a member of WILPOWER, a politically active committee of the Illinois Women’s Bar Association.
Yokoyama formerly served as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee (1991-2003), and as that Committee’s Vice Chair (2000-2003); as Regional Governor of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (1997-2000); and as a member of the Illinois Research Park Authority (1996-2000), appointed by former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. She was a founding director of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area (1988). Yokoyama served as a member of Cook County State’s Attorney Richard Devine’s Asian Advisory Council (1996-2004); on the Executive Board of Directors of the Japan America Society of Chicago (1996-2000); as a deacon for Chicago United (1998-2000); and as a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago (1990-1991). She also served as a member of the United Way of Chicago Allocations Committee (1991-1999); and the Board of Directors for the Japanese American Service Committee (1987–1995). Yokoyama also finds time to volunteer as a judge for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Appellate Advocacy Competition and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s (NAPABA) Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition.
Yokoyama provides volunteer legal services to immigrant wives that find themselves protected under the Violence Against Women Act and under the Federal Trial Bar that provides legal representation to inmates who have been subjected to a violation of their Civil Rights. In 2009, Yokoyama was honored with the prestigious US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce/Wells Fargo Business Leadership Award. Yokoyama was chosen as a member of the 2008 Japanese American Leadership Delegation. The Delegation is hosted by the Foreign Ministry of Japan and will be traveling to Tokyo, Fukuoka and Kyoto to meet members of the Royal Family, various dignitaries, politicians and business leaders; the 2005 Asian Model Family Award Recipient-Japanese Community; 2003 recipient of the DePaul University, College of Law, and Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to taking an active role in professional, civic and community affairs, Yokoyama has participated in local and national political affair s. She has served as a member of the Illinois Republican Committeewoman’s Roundtable (2000-present). In 2004 and 2008, she was selected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In 2012 she was elected as the 4th Ward Republican Committeeman for the City of Chicago.