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Brian Takahashi

Brian Takahashi

Of Counsel

Brian Takahashi focuses his practice on representing product manufacturers in commercial, product liability, consumer warranty and class action matters. With more than 30 years of experience, he has defended numerous products including automobiles, consumer appliances and a wide variety of component parts.

Known as one of California’s foremost trial lawyers in automotive consumer warranty litigation, Brian has tried and arbitrated complex commercial matters throughout his career including breach of contract, construction, consumer warranty, fraud, inverse condemnation, insurance coverage, personal injury and product liability cases. Over the past 16 years, he has tried more than 40 consumer warranty and fraud cases to verdict. Given his extensive experience with California’s Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, California Consumers Legal Remedies Act and Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Acts, Brian has often provided preventative advice to manufacturers and their field personnel to assure compliance with various California statutes and regulations. 

With a degree in Materials Science from the Brown University School of Engineering, Brian particularly enjoys metallurgical failure analysis. He has a significant amount of knowledge regarding the investigation, litigation and trial of cases involving alleged mechanical and electrical component part failures. Among the more notable cases in which Brian has participated was the representation of Aloha Airlines in the litigation which arose out of Flight 243’s fuselage failure. 


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1990
  • Hawaii, 1983

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, 1983


  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1983
  • Brown University, B.S., 1980
    Sigma Xi
    Major:  Materials Science

Professional Associations

    • Hawaii State Bar Association
    • California State Bar Association
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
    • Defense Research Institute


    • The Legal 500
      —Named in 2008 – 2011
    • Los Angeles Business Journal
      —Leaders in the Law Nominee, 2019
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Southern California Super Lawyers, 2009

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “State of the State in California Lemon Law Litigation,” Presenter, Manufacturers’ Lemon Law Seminar, July 2019
  • "Navigating Today's Warranty Case and Effectively Managing Pattern Warranty Litigation," Co-Presenter, Hot Topics in Toxic Torts & Environmental Law, American Bar Association TIPS, April 2019
  • "How to Protect Your Dealership from Lawsuits," Panelist, The National Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association Convention, November 2018
  • "State of the State: Current Lemon Law Litigation Overview," Manufacturers’ Lemon Law Seminar, July 2018
  • "PMK Strategies, Affirmative Duty, Dealing with Tough Questions," Manufacturers’ Lemon Law Seminar, July 2018
  • “Binding Arbitrations and Post-Warranty Repairs,” Speaker, The Lemon Law Defense Counsel Alliance, July 2013


  • "California Supreme Court Clarifies “Collateral Charges” in Consumer Lemon Law," Co-Author, Legal Alert, July 2020