Best Lawyers of the Year 2014

Who is the best of the best? Says Best Lawyers, “The lawyers being honored as ‘Lawyers of the Year’ were selected because they received particularly high ratings from most of their peers. In some cases, they also received particularly effusive comments from some of those same peers. The selected lawyers have earned a high level of respect among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.”

Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” each year. Congratulations to all. You can also find the honorees identified in the full listings with a *.

Paul D. Alston,
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Sharon V. Lovejoy,
Litigation—Banking and Finance
Riki May Amano,
Howard K.K. Luke,
Criminal Defense—Non-White Collar
James J. Bickerton,
Legal Malpractice Law—Plaintiffs
Harvey J. Lung,
Robert Carson Godbey,
Copyright Law
April Luria,
Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants
Wesley Y.S. Chang,
Health Care Law
Paul Maki,
Trademark Law
Deborah Macer Chun,
Real Estate Law
Ian L. Mattoch,
Medical Malpractice Law—Plaintiffs
Thomas E. Cook,
Medical Malpractice Law—Defendants
Wayne P. Nasser,
Litigation—Real Estate
KahBo Dye-Chiew,
Immigration Law
John S. Nishimoto,
Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants
Robert G. Frame,
Admiralty and Maritime Law
Russell A. Ota,
Trusts and Estates
Don Jeffrey Gelber,
Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Terence J. O’Toole,
Appellate Practice
Michael W. Gibson,
Litigation—Land Use and Zoning
Judith Ann Pavey,
Product Liability Litigation—Plaintiffs
Ronald I. Heller,
Litigation and Controversy—Tax
David J. Reber,
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Jerry M. Hiatt,
Bert S. Sakuda,
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Plaintiffs
Susan M. Ichinose,
Litigation—Labor and Employment
Gregory M. Sato,
Labor Law—Management
Ray K. Kamikawa,
Tax Law
Eric A. Seitz,
Criminal Defense—White Collar
William M. Kaneko,
Government Relations Practice
Peter Starn,
Administrative/Regulatory Law
Robert S. Katz,
Employment Law—Management
Herbert R. Takahashi,
Employment Law—Individuals
Ellen N. Kawashima,
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Gail M. Tamashiro,
Banking and Finance Law
Grace Nihei Kido,
Environmental Law
Robert H. Thomas,
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Simon Klevansky,
Alan Van Etten,
Insurance Law
James Krueger,
Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs
J. Thomas Van Winkle,
Corporate Law
Edward R. Lebb,
Family Law
Craig P. Wagnild,
Business Organizations
(including LLCs and Partnerships)
Steven S.C. Lim,
Land-Use and Zoning Law
Eric S.T. Young,
Litigation—Trusts and Estates


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