Ayumi T. Somers


Ayumi began her career as an interpreter for international conferences and corporate meetings while still at university. Upon graduation, she joined Seibu Saison Group, which sponsored multi-national projects with American, Canadian and British companies for theme park attractions, featuring ultra-sophisticated flight motion simulators installed in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kobe. She served as an assistant project manager at these construction sites, and also played an integral role in sales and marketing development.

Ayumi also gained experience in the field of pharmaceutical marketing and finances at P&G Far East Inc., and Nippon Wellcome Japan, where she worked as an assistant to the President. During the time of her serving as President at Xebex America, Inc., a US subsidiary of a Japanese publicly traded company, she oversaw teams of professionals located in Japan, U.S. and directed the firm’s efforts in providing company/industry research, financial performance analysis and due diligence services to Japanese leading corporations. She played an integral role in advising clients in making overseas strategic investment decisions in IT, software/wireless and distribution areas. Ayumi’s strong ties to the business community also led her to work as an interpreter for politicians and government officials visiting from Japan to discuss key issues with US officials.

Ayumi’s professionalism and high level of skill in both translation and interpretation have led her to take on legal projects. She has been involved with several major cases defending Japanese corporations implicated in government investigations and commercial litigation. She has assisted law firms with preparing high quality translations, and by organizing documents for production to authorities, in addition to providing both simultaneous and consecutive interpretation for attorney-client meetings, witness interviews at DoJ and depositions in class action lawsuits. She also advices Japanese corporate executives on handling impact of US litigation on businesses, cross-border eDiscovery and personnel management. She is often invited to speak at seminars for corporate legal personnel and C-level executives on a broad range of corporate, administrative, HR and contract issues impacting business operations in Japan. Ayumi’s strong desire to assist Japanese corporations doing business in North America has always been her driving force. Based on her extensive knowledge in business and years of experience, she has distinguished herself as one of the most highly sought out professionals with language expertise in the legal, financial and marketing fields.

Ayumi received her LL.B. from Kobe University Law Department in Japan, an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.