Attorney Donn S. Taketa represents clients in business litigation and commercial transactions, with a specialty in labor and employment, real estate and appellate matters in both federal and state courts. Mr. Taketa is the founding partner of Taketa Villasenor LLP, and was previously with Verizon California Incorporated, Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler, where he handled complex transactions and litigation matters for a variety of clients, including financial institutions, commercial developers and several Fortune 50 companies, as well as serving as General counsel for U.S. Water Polo, Inc.
In the years immediately after his admission to practice law, Mr. Taketa was at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where he was a transactional attorney handling a variety of complex commercial leasing, construction loans, oil and gas interest transfers, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law matters.
Attorney Taketa graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1987. He was also the Associate Editor and Articles Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Mr. Taketa also received his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984 where he graduated with Departmental Honors.
Attorney Donn S. Taketa has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1987. He is a member of the U.S. District Court Central District of California, the U.S. District Court Northern District of California, the U.S. District Court Southern District of California, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit. Mr. Taketa is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Ventura County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Certified Minority Counsel, and the American Association for Justice.
Attorney Taketa was selected as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers in 2004 and Stanford Who’s Who in 2010. In addition, he was recently named as trial lawyer of the year for 2012 by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Taketa is a conscientious and thorough professional who has a demonstrated track record of client satisfaction for providing high quality and cost effective legal services. He has been married for over 25 years to his wife Carolyn and has two daughters, Emily and Sarah.
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