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Christian K. Adams


Partnersince July 1, 2011

Christian K. Adams is a partner in the firm's Honolulu office and a member of the Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group.  He concentrates his practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation, land use, zoning and entitlements.

Prior Work Experience

Following law school, Mr. Adams served a one-year term as law clerk to the Honorable David Alan Ezra, Chief United States District Judge for the District of Hawai‘i.  He has also served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the University of Hawai`i, William S. Richardson School of Law, for numerous years, where he has taught and lectured on legal practice and appellate advocacy.


  • Calvert G. Chipchase, Christian K. Adams & Kamaile A. Nichols, A State-by-State Survey of Public Use Standards in Eminent Domain: A Handbook of Condemnation Law (ABA 2011)
  • Jeffrey S. Portnoy & Christian K. Adams, Open Government Guide: Compendium of 50 States & D.C. (Hawai‘i Chapter) (Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press: 5th ed., 2006)


  • Dean's Scholar Award, Richardson School of Law (2001- 2004)
  • Editor-in-Chief, University of Hawai‘i Law Review (2003 - 2004)
  • James Koshiba Law Review Scholarship (2003 - 2004)
  • Pacific Business News "Forty Under 40" 2011
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2014—Rising Stars for Business Litigation, Real Estate, Land Use/Zoning


  • Federal Bar Association, National Director
  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association
  • Gift Foundation of Hawai‘i, Board Member

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Administrative Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate, Land Use & Hospitality

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law,Honolulu,Hawaii
    • J.D.
  • Clark University
    • B.A.