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Donald K. Tamaki

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Minami Tamaki LLP
360 Post Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-788-2705
Fax: 415-398-3887
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed in California Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Business/Corporate (70%), Nonprofit Organizations (30%)
Attorney Profile

Don Tamaki is a partner at one of San Francisco's leading law firms, Minami Tamaki LLP. A diverse and business-oriented attorney with more than three decades of experience, Mr. Tamaki largely directs his practice toward providing counsel for a broad base of commercial and nonprofit clients in matters of human resources, distribution, licensing, leasing, acquisition and other types of business transactions. Past clients of note include the State Bar of California, Nth Connect Telecom Inc., AVerMedia, Gardner Family Health Network and even the Consulate General of Japan. He represents clients throughout the Bay Area.

In addition to practicing business law, Mr. Tamaki has considerable experience in the area of high-exposure entertainment law cases. Some of his representative clients include an Olympic gold medalist ice skater, a prominent news anchor, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and an independent film distributor.

A socially conscious lawyer, Mr. Tamaki's community service endeavors are also considerable. He famously served on the pro bono team that worked to reopen a historical United States Supreme Court case, and due to Mr. Tamaki's instrumental role, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a Japanese American citizen for evading internment during World War II. He is also a member of the Glide Foundation board and presides over the board of the San Francisco Japan town Foundation as its president.

Mr. Tamaki is a 1976 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from the same well-respected university in 1973, graduating as an esteemed Phi Beta Kappa member. A recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating of AV-Preeminent*, Mr. Tamaki has garnered a number of honors, including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's Trailblazer Award in 2003 and the State Bar of California's Loren Miller Award in 1987.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

About Donald K. Tamaki

First Admitted: 1976, California

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Member, Glide Foundation board
  • President, San Francisco Japantown Foundation


  • Trailblazer Award
  • State Bar of California Loren Miller Award, 1987
  • Recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating of AV-Preeminent*
  • National Asian Pacific Bar Association, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity

  • California, 1976
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Board President, San Francisco Japantown Foundation
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association

Educational Background

  • University of California, Berkeley, B. A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1973

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Office Location for Donald K. Tamaki

360 Post Street
8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Last Updated: 9/28/2021

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