Larry T. Nakamura

Chief Compliance Officer, Director of Client Service

Larry joined Dowling & Yahnke in 2019. Drawing on his extensive experience as a regulatory consultant, Larry serves an integral role in the ongoing development of the Firm’s regulatory compliance program.

Larry holds the Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professional (IACCP®) designation and the Personal Financial Planning Certificate from UCLA. In addition, Larry is currently enrolled at National University pursing a BA in Pre-Law. He is a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP), Southern California Compliance Group (SCCG), and the Investment Adviser Association (IAA).

Larry resides in Carmel Valley and enjoys spending family time with his wife and two children.

What inspired you to work in the financial industry?

I’ve always had a fascination with how things work including the financial markets. During my first year of college, I was accepted into an internship at Shearson Lehman Brothers in Los Angeles. I discovered a whole new world of financial engineering, distribution channels, and financial products. From that humble beginning, I continue to learn and cultivate a deeper appreciation for the financial markets and have never looked back.

Why did you join Dowling & Yahnke?

Having worked as a regulatory consultant with hundreds of registered investment advisers, banks, and brokerage firms around the world, I quickly recognized that D&Y understood the importance of a strong and robust regulatory compliance program. I joined D&Y for their unwavering commitment to their clients, their community, and their high ethical standards.

What is your favorite place in San Diego?

The Marine Room at high tide in La Jolla. You can’t beat the view and Chef Bernard always knocks it out of the park.

What is the best concert you ever attended?

One of the best concerts I have ever attended is Coldplay. Their set was visually the most elaborate I’ve ever seen. Watching Sheryl Crow perform at KAABOO, from the backstage wings, was a very close second.

What is your favorite hobby?

In the winter, I enjoy skiing at Mammoth Mountain. I love the beautiful snow capped mountains and crisp fresh air. In the summer, I enjoy fly fishing in the tranquil Eastern Sierras surrounded by the beauty of alpine scenery.

What is your personal motto or mantra?

Failure is never an issue, unless you don’t learn from your mistakes the first time.

I am happiest when:

I’m riding my 1975 Honda CB750 Café Racer in the back stretches of San Diego.


  • UCLA Extension, Personal Financial Planning Certificate


  • National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP)
  • Investment Adviser Association (IAA)
  • Southern California Compliance Group (SCCG)
  • NRS/IACCP Presentations and Educational Programs, Instructor (2011 – present)
  • California Society of CPAs, Speaker (October 2018)
  • CalALTs Webinar on Regulatory Compliance, Speaker (June 2017)
  • Asian Business Association of San Diego, Board of Directors (2006 – 2007)
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, Member (2006 – 2007)
  • Southern California Compliance Group, Vice President and Secretary (2003 - 2005)