Nanci E. Nishimura is a Principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP where she practices civil litigation focusing on antitrust, business litigation and consumer class actions. Ms. Nishimura received a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, and attended Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
Following a career in the United States and Japan as a business development and marketing consultant, she received her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She worked at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the International Trade Commission, and served as a Legislative Analyst to Senator Daniel Inouye.
In March 2018, she was elected first woman chair of the Commission on Judicial Performance, where she was originally was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the 11 member Commission (2011-2015; re-appointed in 2016); formerly served on Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Appointment Committee for the Northern District of California (2015); and on the State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission (JNE) (2005-2008); Board of Governors and first Vice President for the California Women Lawyers (District 3).
She is also a member of the San Mateo and Los Angeles County Bar Associations, Consumer Attorneys of California, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the American Bar Foundation. She is a frequent lecturer for California Women Lawyers, and past member of the LACBA Litigation Section Trial Practice Inn of Court.
Ms. Nishimura is on the Board of Trustees of the California Science Center Foundation, a joint state-private facility to promote science education throughout California, and past president of the Board of Directors of The MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation.
She is a frequent speaker to promote science and math education in California. In addition, she is on the Board of Trustees and Commission of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; the Rotary Club of San Mateo; and the creator of Storytime for Children with Abby Rabbit, an interactive reading and development program for children.
- The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, J.D. (1989)
- University of Southern California, M.A. (1978)
- University of Southern California, B.A. (1975)
- California Women Lawyers, First Vice President
- Commission on Judicial Performance
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