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Richard H. Otera

Partner

19191 South Vermont Avenue
Suite 301
Torrance, CA 90502
rich.otera@nelsonmullins.com

Rich Otera is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Los Angeles office where he practices primarily in franchise and distribution law and litigation. He has worked in the automotive and electronics industries for more than 16 years. From 2001 to 2015, Rich worked at the U.S. headquarters of American Honda Motor Co.,...

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Rich Otera is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Los Angeles office where he practices primarily in franchise and distribution law and litigation. He has worked in the automotive and electronics industries for more than 16 years. From 2001 to 2015, Rich worked at the U.S. headquarters of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., as the primary in-house lawyer responsible for dealer franchise and other commercial legal issues for the Honda and Acura auto divisions nationwide. In that capacity, Rich focused on franchise law; antitrust law; negotiation and documentation of development agreements, supply agreements, strategic commercial agreements, joint ventures and other contracts; digital media transactions; management of complex commercial litigation, including nationwide class actions; and counseling executive management on day-to-day business operations. In 2015, Rich was hired to establish the first-ever U.S.-based legal department for Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., a Fortune Global 500 manufacturer of electrical components and other related products in core areas including automotive. As General Counsel of the Americas, Rich established and led a full-service legal department providing comprehensive legal support to 46 SEI subsidiary companies throughout North and South America.

 

Inc., as the primary in-house lawyer responsible for dealer franchise and other commercial legal issues for the Honda and Acura auto divisions nationwide. In that capacity, Rich focused on franchise law; antitrust law; negotiation and documentation of development agreements, supply agreements, strategic commercial agreements, joint ventures and other contracts; digital media transactions; management of complex commercial litigation, including nationwide class actions; and counseling executive management on day-to-day business operations. In 2015, Rich was hired to establish the first-ever U.S.-based legal department for Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., a Fortune Global 500 manufacturer of electrical components and other related products in core areas including automotive. As General Counsel of the Americas, Rich established and led a full-service legal department providing comprehensive legal support to 46 SEI subsidiary companies throughout North and South America.

 

Rich Otera is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Los Angeles office where he practices primarily in franchise and distribution law and litigation. He has worked in the automotive and electronics industries for more than 16 years. From 2001 to 2015, Rich worked at the U.S. headquarters of American Honda Motor Co.,... Inc., as the primary in-house lawyer responsible for dealer franchise and other commercial legal issues for the Honda and Acura auto divisions nationwide. In that capacity, Rich focused on franchise law; antitrust law; negotiation and documentation of development agreements, supply agreements, strategic commercial agreements, joint ventures and other contracts; digital media transactions; management of complex commercial litigation, including nationwide class actions; and counseling executive management on day-to-day business operations. In 2015, Rich was hired to establish the first-ever U.S.-based legal department for Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., a Fortune Global 500 manufacturer of electrical components and other related products in core areas including automotive. As General Counsel of the Americas, Rich established and led a full-service legal department providing comprehensive legal support to 46 SEI subsidiary companies throughout North and South America.

 

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

Motor Vehicle Industry Experience

Counseling executive management of automotive original equipment manufacturers on business-critical and strategic legal issues involved in the manufacturing, sale, and distribution of motor vehicles nationwide, including:

  • Dealer network administration and market representation issues under federal/state franchise and antitrust laws
  • Addition, relocation, and termination of dealers
  • Dealer performance issues, including development and support of multiple comprehensive national programs to address dealer performance in both sales and service
  • Allocation and distribution of vehicles, including litigation relating to allocation
  • Pricing and incentives issues
  • Dealer advertising support, co-op funds, dealer advertising associations
  • Trademark/branding issues
  • Buy-sell agreements and related issues including exercise of Right of First Refusal
  • Parts, service, and warranty-related issues, including
    • Service marketing programs
    • Service-only dealership facilities
    • Parts marketing and pricing issues
    • Recalls and service campaigns
  • New vehicle launches, including launches of specialty and low-volume vehicles
  • Marketing and sale of alternative fuel vehicles
  • Distribution issues regarding ride-sharing and alternative transportation models
  • Framework agreements and dealer network strategies regarding dealerships that are owned by public entities or large dealer groups
  • Captive financing issues including wholesale and retail finance, ancillary products and regulatory compliance
  • Motorsports sales and distribution issues, including motorcycle, ATV, personal watercraft, and side-by-side products

Multi-National General Counsel Advice (emphasis on Japanese-based companies)

  • General counsel advice and counsel for global companies, both at the U.S. subsidiary level and at the globally-based parent company level
  • Corporate best practices for multi-national companies
  • Complex transactions and litigation matters in the U.S. and globally
  • Establishment and maintenance of global compliance and anti-trust policies and procedures
  • Domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures

Complex Commercial Litigation

 In this area, Rich has experience with dealer franchise litigation, class action and multi-district litigation, and individual plaintiff business litigation, including:

  • Oversight of various dealer franchise litigation matters over a 14-year period – including add-point, relocation, allocation, and termination cases
  • Oversight of nationwide class actions, including one of the largest multi-district litigations in U.S. history

Beyond the Automotive Industry

Rich has further experience beyond the automotive industry, including:

  • General counsel advice and support for global commercial enterprises
  • Knowledge and experience as legal counsel to foreign-based corporations, especially Japanese companies
  • Corporate best practices and strategies to both achieve business advantages and reduce liability exposure
  • Numerous commercial transactions including franchise agreements, development agreements, purchase and supply agreements, distribution and consignment agreements, licensing agreements, and SaaS and technology agreements
  • Antitrust litigation and counseling
  • Domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions
  • Customs, trade and export control issues
  • Development of global compliance programs and initiatives, including codes of business conduct and supporting policies and procedures

Previous Professional Experience

  • General Counsel, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (2015-2017)
  • Senior Corporate Counsel, Honda North America, Inc. (2001-2015)
  • Attorney, Los Angeles offices of two law firms (1995-2001)

Educational Activities

  • Loyola Law School
    • Author, Note, A Bone to Pick with Mexicali Rose v. Superior Court: Liability of California Restaurants for Injuries Caused by Substances in Food, 27 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 397 (1993)

Education

  • Loyola Law School, JD, cum laude (1994)
    • Order of the Coif
    • St. Thomas More Law Honor Society
    • Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
      • Staff (1992-1993)
      • Note and Comment Editor (1993-1994)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, BA, English (1990)

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Practice Areas

Industries

  • American Bar Association
  • Japanese American Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
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