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95 Hawaii lawyers make top attorneys list

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 06:02 p.m. HST, Aug 15, 2013

The annual “Best Lawyers in America” list contains 95 attorneys in Hawaii, 47 of whom were named 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for a specific practice area.

The list is compiled from nominations, which are open to all attorneys, and from peer reviews, and is then published by So. Carolina-based Woodward/White Inc.

2014 Lawyers of the Year, firm, practice area in which they were cited:

Paul D. Alston, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Bet-the-Company Litigation

Riki May Amano, Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., Arbitration

James J. Bickerton, Bickerton Lee Dang & Sullivan, L.L.L.P., Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Wesley Y. S. Chang, Law Offices of Wesley Y. S. Chang, Health Care Law

KahBo Dye-Chiew, Law Office of KahBo Dye-Chiew, Immigration Law

Deborah Macer Chun, Chun Kerr LLP, Real Estate Law

Thomas E. Cook, Lyons, Brandt, Cook & Hiramatsu AAL, ALC, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Robert G. Frame, Frame & Nakano AAL, ALC, Admiralty and Maritime Law

Don Jeffrey Gelber, Gelber, Gelber & Ingersoll, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Michael W. Gibson, Ashford & Wriston, LLP, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Robert Carson Godbey, Godbey Griffiths, LLLC, Copyright Law

Ronald I. Heller, Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, A.L.C., Litigation and Controversy - Tax

Jerry M. Hiatt, Hiatt & Hiatt, Honokaa, Mediation

Susan M. Ichinose, Litigation - Labor and Employment

Ray K. Kamikawa, Chun Kerr LLP, Tax Law

William M. Kaneko, Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Government Relations Practice

Robert S. Katz, Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, A.L.C., Employment Law - Management

Ellen N. Kawashima, Cades Schutte LLP, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Grace Nihei Kido, Cades Schutte LLP, Environmental Law

Simon Klevansky, Klevansky Piper, LLP, Litigation - Bankruptcy

James Krueger, Krueger Wong, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Edward R. Lebb, Law Offices of Edward R. Lebb, LLLC, Family Law

Steven S. C. Lim, Carlsmith Ball LLP, Land Use and Zoning Law

Sharon V. Lovejoy, Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, L.C., Litigation - Banking and Finance

Howard K. K. Luke, Law Office of Howard K. K. Luke, Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar

Harvey J. Lung, Bays Lung Rose & Holma, Litigation - Construction

April Luria, Roeca Luria Hiraoka, LLP, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Paul Maki, Trademark Law

Ian L. Mattoch, Law Offices of Ian Mattoch, Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

Wayne P. Nasser, Ashford & Wriston, LLP, Litigation - Real Estate

John S. Nishimoto, Ayabe, Chong, Nishimoto, Sia & Nakamura, LLLP, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Russell A. Ota, Law Office of Russell A. Ota, Trusts and Estates

Terence J. O’Toole, Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, L.C., Appellate Practice

Judith Ann Pavey, Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, L.C., Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Brad S. Petrus, Tom Petrus & Miller LLLC, Construction Law

David J. Reber, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Bert S. Sakuda, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Plaintiffs

Gregory M. Sato, Kobayashi Sugita & Goda, Labor Law - Management

Eric A. Seitz, Law Office of Eric A. Seitz, Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Peter Starn, Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, L.C., Administrative/Regulatory Law

Herbert R. Takahashi, Takahashi and Covert, Employment Law - Individuals

Gail M. Tamashiro, Cades Schutte LLP, Banking and Finance Law

Robert H. Thomas, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, L.C., Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Alan Van Etten, Deeley King Pang & Van Etten, LLLP, Insurance Law

J. Thomas Van Winkle, Carlsmith Ball LLP, Corporate Law

Craig P. Wagnild, Bays Lung Rose & Holma, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Eric S.T. Young, Law Offices of Eric S.T. Young, Litigation - Trusts and Estates

A version of this list posted earlier was incomplete, based on truncated results the website produced.


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livinginhawaii wrote:
Not sure why this is news. You get on this list by paying Woodward/White Inc. a $250.00 fee and they mail you a plaque and certificate.
on August 15,2013 | 03:04PM
justin_thyme wrote:
Not true. Selection for inclusion on this list is based on objective surveys of a significant number of attorneys and judges in the jurisdiction, as well as on evaluation of the "track records" of the inductees. (I suspect that livinginhawaii is a disgruntled lawyer who didn't get selected . . . sour grapes, don'tcha know . . . .)
on August 15,2013 | 07:12PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Why would there be a link within their web domain that; prompts the user to pay this company $250, prompts the user to enter their name, then returns a message indicating that your name would then be printed on a plaque saying "Best Lawyer in America"? There are 100's of internet scams out there just like this and this would not be the first time Erika had the rug pulled over her eyes. If this is legit the companies website does not look professional so maybe I was fooled...
on August 15,2013 | 09:13PM
blkdrgn wrote:
Surprised that Futa did not make this list. lol
on August 15,2013 | 03:28PM
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