Hide Niiyama is the Japanese liaison at Barnes & Thornburg in the Indianapolis office. He is responsible for facilitating the delivery of legal services for Japanese clients and for supporting the development of new business from existing and potential new Japanese corporations that are doing business in the United States and overseas. He serves as a liaison with Japanese clients and firm attorneys to facilitate communications and productive working relationships.
The firm serves more than 150 Japanese companies in the U.S. and Japan in the areas of antitrust litigation, bankruptcy, corporate, environmental, immigration, intellectual property and labor and employment law. Hide often serves as an interpreter for complex legal discussions, translates legal documents and is an active participant in antitrust and labor lawsuits teams. He also manages document review for Japanese documents for e-discovery and interprets oral interviews.
Hide was part of a defense team for a Japanese automotive parts supplier, which received a not-guilty verdict in an antitrust case.
Hide was a participant in Indiana's mission trip to Japan headed by Governors Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb. The trade missions focused on jobs, economic development and cultural exchange. Hide also serves as a speaker and interpreter for legal seminars in the U.S. and Japan and company-specific lectures discussing labor, unions and antitrust.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Hide served as an account representative for the Honda Trading America Corporation from 2008-2012. In this role, Hide was a start-up member of the Indiana subsidiary of Honda Trading of America Corporation. He was responsible for the raw material supply chain including steel, resin and scrap operation and intercontinental capital machinery purchases for Honda's manufacturing facilities in assembly, engine and transmission plants. He also worked in Honda's engine and transmission plants as a coordinator and an interpreter.
Hide has lived in the United States for more than 18 years. He is fluent in English and speaks native Japanese. He is a trained music conductor and spends his free time conducting regional musical groups.