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Founded in 1857, Carlsmith Ball LLP has grown to become a full-service international law firm with lawyers and offices throughout Hawaii and in Los Angeles.

The founders of Carlsmith Ball built its reputation on high quality legal work and a commitment to providing excellent client service. Over the years, the Firm has developed a reputation for deep experience and skill in a wide variety of practice areas including real estate, land development, banking, foreign investment and litigation. Carlsmith Ball has been at the forefront of legal services in the Pacific. In 1888, we were joined by the first female lawyer in Hawaii. We provided legal services to Hawaii's first condominium project, and we are the only Hawaii-based law firm with offices throughout the Pacific and on the U.S. Mainland.  Wherever we serve clients, we take pride in the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience found among the ranks of our lawyers with local roots and top-tier firm experience.

Today, Carlsmith Ball serves as a one-stop source of legal services and strategic counsel for Fortune 500 companies; small and mid-size corporations; banks; institutions; state, local and federal governments; and individuals. We provide strategic, practical counsel and the knowledge that comes from deep experience in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Administrative Law
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Appeals
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Corporate & Business
  • Creditor's Rights
  • Crisis Management
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Environmental & Alternative Energy
  • Hospitality & Project Finance
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate & Land Use
  • Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
  • Tax, Estate Planning & Wealth Management
  • White Collar Crime & Criminal Defense

For domestic and international clients, Carlsmith Ball is a bridge in developing key business relationships in retail, banking, real estate, logistics, accounting and other industry sectors. Our professional relationships with foreign law firms provides clients with the resources critical to the success of their business and investment activities in foreign markets.