Welcome to Nakamoto | Chou, LLP

Workers’ Compensation defense litigation firm

We are one of the fastest growing law firms in California.  Our clientele represent the nation’s industry leaders ranging from transportation to restaurant chains.  We are proud of our diversity standing and dedication to recruit, retain and advance our diverse staff and attorneys.


The firm continuously invests in its network infrastructure and system redundancy throughout its offices, statewide. Our network was developed to maximize efficiency and disaster recovery. With never being satisfied with the status quo, we continue to review, analyze and modify our systems and network. Our attorneys are given all of the tools to make sure our clients get all of the answers they need, when they need them.


A deep appreciation for our clients objectives, goals and challenges are at the heart of our success. The firm and our attorneys strive to align our interests with those of our clients. We strive to achieve maximum client satisfaction to maintain our hard-earned relationships with our clients. The firm's rapid expansion is testament to our commitment.


What separates Nakamoto | Chou, LLP. from other law firms is simple, culture. Our attorneys work in a collaborative environment where ideas are openly discussed and solutions discovered. The firm fosters and encourages its open dialogue resulting in satisfied clients. Our attorneys work hard and play hard, and it’s that balance to life that makes getting the best results for our clients possible and keeping our talented staff and attorneys happy.

Founder of Nakamoto Chou LLP. From 2009-2011, Desmond has been recognized for his outstanding work and contributions in Workers’ Compensation by being named a “Southern California Super Lawyers-Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine Desmond Nakamoto
David M. Chou has been a partner of Nakamoto | Chou LLP since 2009. David’s background in medical science has enhanced his ability to process and organize complex medical and legal concepts. His insight and experience have led to major success in litigation, as well as solid client loyalty. David Chou
The San Jose office of Nakamoto Chou was opened in 2009. Scott has promoted an environment of teamwork with clients, and has continued to put forth the dedicated, hands-on attention to detail that meets the needs of our clients in the ever changing field of Workers Compensation. Scott Aramaki
Ariel prides himself as a detailed-oriented an conscientious individual who puts quality and service above all else. He is fluent in Spanish which has proven to be a major asset due to the high volume of Spanish speaking cases in the current Workers’ Compensation atmosphere. Ariel Favela
David shares Nakamoto | Chou LLP’s appreciation to align case handling with client objectives and achieve early resolution. David enjoys the opportunity to work on a myriad of cases and think outside of the box to resourcefully streamline case handling in the defense of Workers’ Compensation matters. David Wu
Andrew draws on his past practical experiences but also works in a collaborative environment to service the clients of Nakamoto | Chou, LLP. Andrew is a capable and experience attorney ready to handle any kind of workers compensation claim. Andrew Lam
Susan joined Nakamoto Chou, LLP and provides aggressive and efficient claims defense to all types of companies which include third party administrators, self-insured employers, and insurance companies. Susan Liu
Ms. Edwards began her legal experience prior to law school when she interned at the Santa Barbara’s District Attorney’s Office. Throughout law school Ms. Edwards worked primarily in employment law and externed for the Honorable Judge Moberly in the Superior Court of Orange County in Civil Unlimited. Ashlee M. Edwards
Matthew is an experienced practitioner in the workers’ compensation field and skilled in the defense of claims against third-party administrators, insurance carriers and self-insured employers, including claims for serious and willful misconduct and Labor Code Section 132(a) violations. Matthew A. Keces
Mahima has experience in many areas of law including Family Law, Bankruptcy, and Business Litigation, Mahima found her niche in Workers Compensation. She has gained valuable experience working in-house where she has learned to provide efficient and quality legal service to a myriad of clients. Mahima Raghav
Vahram earned a Distinguished Public Service Certificate and was trained as a certified preparer in state and federal tax filings through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Vahram Balumyan
Maria was a member of the Student Bar Association, Editor-in-Chief of the law school newsletter, and worked at several law firms including a judicial externship under Commissioner Carmen R. Luege at the Superior Court of California, County of Orange. Maria Borrelli
Hanna began her career representing applicants in both Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability cases. After several years of acquiring valuable experience on the applicant’s side, Hanna joined Nakamoto | Chou bringing her constructive insight to the table. Hanna Siddiqui