Hawai‘i Lawyers of the Year 2019

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