Samoa Watanabe

Practice Development Manager

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  • EdM (Counseling Psychology), Teachers College, Columbia University, 2005
  • JD, William & Mary School of Law, 1997
  • BA (English), Stanford University, 1993

Samoa Watanabe

Practice Development Manager

Samoa Watanabe is a practice development manager in the Tokyo office. Samoa primarily supports the Tokyo corporate group with its business development and marketing initiatives, as well as the group’s strategic planning, knowledge management and training. She also works with the Tokyo office managing partners to plan and implement the strategic objectives of the office.

Prior to joining Ropes & Gray in 2015, Samoa worked at Morrison & Foerster as a corporate associate in Washington, D.C., Tokyo and San Francisco, and later as a recruiter in Tokyo and New York, where she focused on lateral and law school recruiting efforts for MoFo’s Asia offices.