Adire Legal Professional Corporation

Adire Legal Professional Corporation (弁護士法人アディーレ法律事務所, Bengoshi Hōjin Adīre Hōritsu Jimusho) is a Japanese law firm.

Adire Legal Professional Corporation
Native name
Japanese name
Kanji弁護士法人アディーレ法律事務所
Transcriptions
Revised HepburnBengoshi Hōjin Adīre Hōritsu Jimusho
IndustryLegal
FoundedOctober 2004; 18 years ago (2004-10)
FounderYukito Ishimaru (managing partner)
HeadquartersSunshine 60 building, ,
Japan
Number of locations
50 (2013)
Websitewww.adire.jp

As of 2016 it was the sixth-largest law firm in Japan by number of lawyers, with 160 attorneys on staff.[1] It also has the most offices of any Japanese law firm in history; in July 2013, it opened its 49th and 50th offices in Nagasaki and Sasebo.[2] The firm eventually plans to have offices in each of the 235 courthouse locations in Japan.[3] It is headquartered in the Sunshine 60 building in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

The firm's focus is on personal and corporate bankruptcy and debt restructuring. As of 2009 the firm was handling over 2,000 new debt restructuring cases each month.[4] In recent years, the firm has diversified its practice into automobile accidents, divorces and other areas due to a gradual decline in debt restructuring work.[3]

HistoryEdit

Yukito Ishimaru established the firm in October 2004 and serves as its managing partner.[5] He had been hired as a new graduate at Sega in 1995 and was stationed as the assistant manager of a video arcade in Obihiro, Hokkaido, but received a suspended prison sentence and lost his job less than a year later after being arrested three times for drunk driving. His experience with his own barely-competent lawyer inspired him to become a lawyer and establish the Adire firm.

Ishimaru and the firm received a reprimand from the Tokyo Bar Association in 2010 after it was found that the firm had failed to file for bankruptcy on behalf of a corporate client more than two years after being asked to do so.[6]

The firm was penalized by the Japanese Consumer Affairs Agency in 2016 in relation to its advertising of debt adjustment services, on the basis that the advertisements offered purportedly one-month, limited-time fee discounts that were actually offered continuously for nearly five years. Following the agency's action, several regional bar associations decided that the firm's actions warranted disciplinary action against the firm and several of its lawyers.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "ジュリナビ|法科大学院生、ロースクール生、法務人材、弁護士の就職・採用". www.jurinavi.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  2. ^ "国内最多、50拠点を達成! アディーレ法律事務所が長崎県に2拠点を同時開設。7月1日、長崎支店、佐世保支店をオープン". PR Times. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b 片田, 江康男 (14 March 2012). "回転寿司事業の最終目標は海外展開! 弁護士法人は今後10年で約6倍にする ――石丸幸人・アディーレ法律事務所代表弁護士". Weekly Diamond. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
  4. ^ "改正貸金業法、借り手保護の規制強化で副作用?". 日本経済新聞. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  5. ^ "法律事務所に地裁が賠償命令、破産申し立て怠り。". 日本経済新聞. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  6. ^ "東京弁護士会、アディーレを戒告 代表の石丸弁護士も". 47news.jp. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  7. ^ "「今だけ無料」処分…アディーレ法律事務所、代表弁護士ら「懲戒審査相当」 東京弁護士会などの綱紀委議決". 産経ニュース (in Japanese). 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
  8. ^ "アディーレの宣伝に「懲戒審査を」 3弁護士会が議決:朝日新聞デジタル". 朝日新聞デジタル (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-04-13.