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Paul Kiyonaga

Paul Kiyonaga has more than 16 years of experience in criminal and general civil litigation, including transnational litigation; human rights proceedings; diplomatic immunities and privileges; employment and labor matters; and commercial and contractual disputes.  His clients range from businesses and embassies to class action plaintiffs and individuals.  He has also represented several diplomatic figures in high-profile cases.

Paul has handled 15 trials and numerous appeals.  A frequent speaker on criminal law and international legal topics, he is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, and served for two years as the Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section.

Paul was recognized recently as a “Top Washington Lawyer” by Washingtonian magazine, and he has been named one of “America’s Best Attorneys” by American Airlines magazine.

Raised in El Salvador, Panama, Brazil and Spain, Paula speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese, and is proficient in Japanese. 

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  • Harvard Law School (J.D.)

  • University of North Carolina,
    Chapel Hill (B.A.)

Bar Admissions:

  • New York and  District of Columbia, Bars

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • Several U.S. Courts of Appeal

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