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My name is Aaron Wakamatsu, and I am an associate attorney
at Salmon Creek Law Offices in Vancouver, Washington. I
mainly focus on personal injury law, representing plaintiffs in
automobile crashes and medical malpractice cases. Email me at
Before law school, I was a junior bowling coach for two years and a
high school sports statistician for six years. I averaged about 207
in my final years as a junior bowler.
My greatest talents as a lawyer are finding the core issues and working efficiently.
The best advice I have for new lawyers is to network and find experienced attorneys who are willing to be your mentor. Heck, it could
be a fellow attorney to grab a drink with at the end of the day.
The most rewarding part of my job is getting a desired outcome for
my client. Seeing the joy on the client’s face always makes me
I create work/life balance by working on my food blog (www.
foodreviews.aaronwakamatsu.com), filming YouTube videos
( www.youtube.com/user/awakamat), and hanging out with
If I could have tried one famous case, it would be Furman v. Georgia.
During my free time, I eat at the Portland food carts and work out at
3 a.m. Nocturnal workouts are surprisingly therapeutic.
The most memorable trip I ever took was in June 2014. I met up with
friends in Anaheim, CA, for VidCon (an event to meet You Tube
celebrities). It was basically three days of nonstop filming with
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friends to promote each other’s You Tube channels and simply
get away from real life. Considering that I had been burnt out at
work just prior to the trip, it was a much-needed getaway.
I absolutely can’t live without spicy food — ultra-spicy food.
My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is Portland, Oregon. There
are so many great food carts to eat at. The coffee and beer selections are also amazing.
Nobody would ever suspect that I am a YouTube entertainer. For
years, I was an extremely shy individual who hated public
speaking of any type. I didn’t even want to see myself on TV or
a computer screen. On You Tube, I do food reviews and food challenges, but I also eat very spicy peppers and sauces (yes, there
are products that are hotter than ghost peppers).
Friends would describe me as loyal — and a bit crazy.
This makes me smile: Husky puppies.
If I had a time machine, I would go back in time to learn more about
the Wakamatsu Fish Market in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. My relatives on my father’s side ran the market, and it was known for
sakuraboshi, best described as fish jerky with teriyaki sauce. The
family members who knew the most about the inner workings
of the market (my great grandmother, grandfather, and great-uncle) have since passed away. It would also be great to have one
more helping of that sakuraboshi.
If I have learned one thing in life, it is to write something down, especially if you might forget what it is.
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