Tomiyo graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. She received a scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University of Dallas, but transferred to American University in Washington D.C. when a summer internship at a trade association became a full-time opportunity. She worked as a legislative manager while attending law school, an experience which gave her the opportunity to participate in advocacy efforts before members of Congress. Success while working and attending law school demanded extremely hard work and extraordinary time management – skills that enable excellence in trial preparation today. After law school, she practiced law for several years at a firm in California. There, she gained experience in all types of litigation, but she particularly enjoyed working on behalf of Deaf clients who fought for justice, equality, and respect. Every day she is grateful for the opportunity to fight exclusively for the rights of families who have lost a loved one.