Sano & Associates, P.C. ~ Dedicated to protecting your family & wealth ~
Sano & Associates, P.C.    ~ Dedicated to protecting your family & wealth  ~

Ikuko Sano, Esq.

Founder & Managing Attorney


Admitted in CA, HI, NY.


Practice Areas: Trusts & Estates, Business Formation & Succession


Languages: English & Japanese


Born in Japan and raised in Hawaii, Ms. Sano is a multicultural and bilingual attorney licensed to practice law in California, Hawaii, and New York.  Ms. Sano holds a Bachelor of Law Degree in International Comparative Legal Culture with emphasis on Japanese inheritance and family law from Meiji University School of Law, Master of Law degrees in International Commercial Litigation, and Admiralty & Maritime Law from the Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Prior to launching her own successful practice, Ms. Sano concentrated on maritime and business litigation defense at prestigious law firms in New Orleans, Hawaii, and Los Angeles.


Presently, Ms. Sano offers reliable, high quality legal services to individual clients with focus on estate planning, business formation and sucession planning. She is committed to providing each client with courtesy, respect, and personalized attention.


Hobby: Scuba Diving, Sailing, Golf, and Traveling.


  • Sustaining Memeber (2020 - Present): Japanese American Bar Association
  • President (2018): Bar Association of Northern San Diego County
  • Vice President (2017): Bar Association of Northern San Diego County
  • Director (2015-2017): Bar Association of Northern San Diego County
  • Judge Pro Tem (2016 - Present): San Diego Superior Court, Small Claims Court
  • Associate Member (2012-2014): The Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inns of Court
  • Court-trained Mediator (2012-2013): San Diego Superior Court, North County Small Claims Division
  • Volunteer Attorney (2011-2013): San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Member (2017 - Present): Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member (2008 - Present): California State Bar Association
  • Member (2005 - Present): New York State Bar Association


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA: L.L.M., Admiralty & Maritime Law (2003)
  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA: L.L.M. (2002)
  • Meiji University School of Law, Tokyo, Japan: L.L.B., International Comparative Legal Culture; Family & Inheritance Law (2000)

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Except National Holidays).

Sano & Associates, P.C.
2173 Salk Ave, Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Phone: 800-590-0586

Fax: 800-590-1815


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