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Alison S. Kato


Of Counsel

Alison S. Kato is an associate in the firm's Honolulu office and is a member of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group. She concentrates her practice on land use, administrative law, business formations dissolution, commercial litigation, employment litigation and employment advice.

Alison has represented companies in federal and state court in contract disputes, employment matters, collection actions, and actions to quiet title. In addition she regularly represents employers in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Hawai`i Civil Rights Commission, advises employers regarding employment laws, and drafts employee handbooks. Alison has also advised clients on land use entitlement, real property business, and regulatory matters.

Ms. Kato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Hawai`i, William S. Richardson School of Law.  While in law school, Ms. Kato served as Comments Editor of the University of Hawai`i Law Review.  Ms. Kato published an article in the University of Hawai`i Law Review analyzing the potential effects of U.S. Supreme Court case, Ashcroft v. Iqbal, on Hawaii's pleading standards.  Ms. Kato also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for her marks in Legal Practice I.


  • Plausibility of Notice Pleading:Hawai`i's Pleading Standards in the Wake of Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 32 Haw. L. Rev. 485 (2010).


  • Hawai`i State Bar Association
  • Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Japan-America Society of Hawai
  • Hawai`i Women Lawyers

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate & Business
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate, Land Use & Hospitality


  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law,Honolulu,Hawaii
    • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Hawaii Law Review, Comments Editor
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A., Economics
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A., Asian Studies, magna cum laude