Maslon is pleased to announce that Keiko Sugisaka, governance committee member and partner in the firm's Litigation Group, has been honored as a Notable BIPOC Executive by Twin Cities Business. Keiko is among a distinguished group chosen for their ability to effect change, their willingness to share expertise, and their leadership in specific initiatives or programs at their companies or institutions that have created significant, positive, and measurable results. Her recognition was published in the June/July edition of Twin Cities Business.
Keiko is a skilled litigation attorney and dynamic leader both at Maslon and within the community. Among her many achievements, she currently serves on Maslon’s three-person Governance Committee, which manages the firm; co-chairs the firm’s Tort and Product Liability Group; is a board member of Maslon UPLIFT Legal Institute for Teens; and is an engaged member of the technology, recruiting, and diversity committees. She is also Maslon's member representative in Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, a nonprofit association comprised of Twin Cities law firms and corporate legal departments whose vision is to create a vibrant and inclusive legal community, and she leads the firm’s involvement with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, an organization made up of more than 350 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners, working to build a more open and diverse legal profession. Keiko is also the vice chair of the Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee and has held various leadership roles in the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Keiko is dedicated to advancing equality, protecting civil rights, and supporting social justice for all. She is recognized annually for her commitment to pro bono service and, in 2016, was appointed by Governor Dayton to serve as an at-large member of the Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection, which solicits, considers, and recommends candidates for vacancies in Minnesota's trial and appellate courts, with a goal of increasing diversity on the bench. In 2019, Governor Walz reappointed her as an at-large member.
Since 2019, Keiko has served on the board for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and orchestrates a Maslon TCHFH Home Build each year. In addition, as a member of Women Presidents' Organization, she collaborates with women business leaders across the Twin Cities to accelerate business growth, enhance competitiveness, and support the next generation of women in business.
In her thriving products liability practice, Keiko protects and defends clients, including global leading medical device manufacturers, in courts nationwide. Keiko also has extensive experience in all stages of complex and large-scale discovery and e-discovery issues and is one of the co-authors of the Minnesota CLE E-Discovery Deskbook.