Hawai‘i Lawyers of the Year 2019



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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.

 

Paul D. Alston, Appellate Practice; Litigation—Real Estate

 

John R. Aube, Banking and Finance Law

 

Mark D. Bernstein, Copyright Law

 

James J. Bickerton, Legal Malpractice Law—Plaintiffs 

 

Trevor A. Brown, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

 

Joachim P. Cox, Litigation—Securities

 

John J. D’Amato, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law 

 

KahBo Dye-Chiew, Immigration Law 

 

Byron C. Feldman, Litigation—Construction; Mediation

 

Robert G. Frame, Admiralty and Maritime Law

 

Ronald I. Heller, Litigation and Controversy—Tax

 

J. George Hetherington, Health Care Law 

 

Jerry M. Hiatt, Arbitration

 

Susan M. Ichinose, Employment Law—Individuals 

 

Patrick H. Jones, Employment Law—Management

 

Sean Kim, Labor Law—Union

 

Simon Klevansky, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation—Bankruptcy

 

Benjamin A. Kudo, Land-Use and Zoning Law

 

Michael K. Livingston, Medical Malpractice Law—Plaintiffs

 

Dennis M. Lombardi, Administrative/Regulatory Law

 

Rosalyn Loomis, Family Law

 

Sharon V. Lovejoy, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

 

Howard K.K. Luke, Criminal Defense—General Practice

 

Chris S. Mashiba, Tax Law

 

William C. McCorriston, Litigation—Insurance; Legal Malpractice Law—Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants

 

Patricia J. McHenry, Environmental Law

 

James K. Mee, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

 

Lisa Woods Munger, Litigation—Environmental

 

John S. Nishimoto, Medical Malpractice Law—Defendants

 

Michael J. O’Malley, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

 

Terence J. O’Toole, Bet-the-Company Litigation

 

Raymond K. Okada, Litigation—Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates

 

Lawrence S. Okinaga, Litigation—Banking and Finance

 

Miki Okumura, Corporate Law

 

Judith Ann Pavey, Product Liability Litigation—Plaintiffs

 

Richard M. Rand, Labor Law—Management

 

Bert S. Sakuda, Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs

 

Carl J. Schlack, Real Estate Law

 

Eric A. Seitz, Criminal Defense—White Collar

 

Gary M. Slovin, Government Relations Practice

 

Robert H. Thomas, Litigation—Land Use and Zoning

 

Alan Van Etten, Insurance Law

 

J. Thomas Van Winkle, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

 

Bruce H. Wakuzawa, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Plaintiffs

 

Sarah O. Wang, Litigation—Labor and Employment

 

Thomas W. Williams, Energy Law

 

Keith Y. Yamada, Construction Law

 

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