Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU) has announced the appointment of Kody Diaz to national legal department manager and managing counsel, where he will oversee all legal activities on behalf of TMHU.
"The tremendous legal expertise that Kody brings to the table is a significant asset to our company," said Brett Wood, president of TMHU.
Diaz formerly served on the company’s legal counsel team. During his six years at Toyota, he has played a significant role in providing guidance on safety and legal issues. Prior to joining Toyota, Diaz worked for various law firms across Southern California practicing litigation defense. In addition to his position at TMHU, Diaz currently serves as a faculty member at Taft Law School, a distance learning law school.
As a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Diaz represents TMHU in the world’s largest community of in-house counsel. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his juris doctorate from the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law, where he was the recipient of a USD Academic Tuition Scholarship. Diaz resides in San Clemente, Calif., with his wife Kelly and two sons, Lucas and Dillon.