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Andrew S. Michaels



Andrew S. Michaels is an associate in the firm’s Honolulu office and is a member of its Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group.  Since joining the firm, Andrew has worked on a variety of corporate litigation matters.  He recently assisted Michael Pupura and Kenji Price in the filing of an amicus brief at the United States Supreme Court in the case of Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin. 

Andrew holds degrees in Political Science and Sociology from Stanford University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawai'i, William S. Richardson School of Law.  He attended Richardson's evening program while working full-time at Waipahu High School as an award-winning teacher.  At Richardson, Andrew received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Criminal Law, Real Property I, Evidence, Contracts II, and Legal Practice II.  He also received the Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher Scholarship for academic excellence, and he served as Outside Articles Editor for the University of Hawaii Law Review.  The New York University Review of Law and Social Change will be publishing Andrew's forthcoming article recommending that 18- to 20-year-olds be categorically exempt from the death penalty. 

Andrew previously served as a summer associate at Carlsmith Ball.  He conducted his pro bono service under the Hon. Richard Pollack of the Hawai`i Supreme Court and completed an externship in refugee law at the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) in Sydney, Australia. 

Prior to full-time employment with Carlsmith Ball, Andrew was the first and only Nationally Board Certified TeachForAmerica teacher in the state of Hawai`i.  He helped more than 25 Waipahu High School students obtain paid internships at the UH Cancer Center and the National Institutes of Health.  He also won the Tom Adams Award for having the top grant-funded curriculum project in the state of Hawai`i.  Before teaching at Waipahu, Andrew worked as a strategy consultant for Fortune 500 aerospace and defense contractors in Washington, D.C.


  • A Decent Proposal:  Exempting 18- to 20-year-olds from the Death Penalty, 40 N.Y.U. Rev. L. Soc. Change 1 (2016) (forthcoming)

Prior Work Experience

  • Carlsmith Ball, Summer Associate
  • Hawai`i Supreme Court, Pro Bono Service
  • Immigration Advice and Rights Centre, Australia, Extern
  • Law Office of Eric Seitz, Extern
  • Hawai`i Medical Legal Partnership For Children, Pro Bono Service
  • Kapolei Family Court, Pro Bono Service
  • Waipahu High School, Health Services and Biology Teacher
  • Waipahu Community Coalition, Member and Youth Chair
  • Waipahu Neighborhood Board, Elected Member
  • Avascent, Consultant


  • Recipient of the Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher Scholarship for academic excellence
  • High Grade in Criminal Law
  • High Grade in Real Property I
  • High Grade in Evidence
  • High Grade in Contracts II
  • High Grade, Best Brief, and Best Oral Argument in Legal Practice II
  • Served as Hawaii State Director for ServiceNation's 2008 national campaign to promote community service, making Hawai`i number one in the country in service projects per capita

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii


  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law,Honolulu,Hawaii
    • J.D., Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
    • M.Ed.T.
  • Stanford University
    • M.A.
  • Stanford University
    • B.A.