Kenzo Kawanabe, J.D.

Kenzo Kawanabe is a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP—one of Colorado’s oldest and largest law firms—and is a commercial litigator who has significant trial experience in high-stakes cases, representing clients in a variety of matters relating to contract disputes, business torts, products liability and intellectual property.

Kenzo served on his firm’s executive committee, teaches at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and served as the first-ever general counsel for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He dedicates significant time to pro bono work, including representing clients with constitutional claims for sufficient resources in public schools and successfully representing African refugees seeking asylum.

Kenzo is a fourth-generation Coloradan from the San Luis Valley and an alumnus of the foundation’s Boettcher Scholarship program. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and his Juris Doctorate degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining Davis Graham & Stubbs, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mary J. Mullarkey, chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

Kenzo and his family are avid travelers and keep a map in the kids’ playroom so that they can plan and track their adventures together.

Community Involvement:

  • Center for Legal Inclusiveness, board member
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, board chair
  • Colorado Legal Services, board member
  • Denver Foundation, board chair
  • Sakura Foundation, board member
  • Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, board member
  • Community Resource Center, board member
  • Rose Community Foundation, education committee
  • U.S.-Japan Council

Favorite Colorado Experience:

Camping at the Great Sand Dunes.

Favorite Quote:

“If you harm them, you must harm me.”—Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr, defending the constitutional and human rights of Japanese Americans during World War II.