The Best Lawyers in Hawai‘i 2023

The number of legal practice areas here—98—attests that life is complicated. But there’s no need to face those complications without an advocate.


There are 4,961 active attorneys in Hawai‘i, according to the Hawai‘i State Bar Association. Which means that the 450 attorneys listed here are the top 9.1%.


We turned to Best Lawyers®, publisher of The Best Lawyers in America©, for this list. The research method is purely peer review—no attorneys can buy their way onto the list, nor is any purchase necessary. To determine the list, Best Lawyers takes nominations (and no, lawyers may not nominate themselves, either) in each practice area. Lawyers who appeared in previous lists also make this first cut. Best Lawyers then polls lawyers, asking, “If you were unable to take a case yourself, how likely would you be to refer it to this nominee?”


There are even more layers of research than this, and a detailed explanation of the methodology can be found at


Don’t see your lawyer on the list? Don’t worry. As Best Lawyers notes: “Ultimately, a lawyer’s inclusion on these lists is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow attorneys. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain as confident today as we were four decades ago that the breadth of our survey, the candor of our respondents and the sophistication of our polling methodology largely correct for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful—as well as the most transparent—guide to the best lawyers available anywhere.”



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Disclaimer and Copyright: BL Rankings, LLC has used its best efforts in assembling material for this list but does not warrant that the information contained herein is complete or accurate, and does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All listed attorneys have been verified as being members in good standing with their respective state bar associations as of July 1, 2022, where that information is publicly available. Consumers should contact their state bar association for verification and additional information prior to securing legal services of any attorney.


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