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David W. K. Wong

DavidW. K.Wong

top ranked USA Chambers and Partners 2016 David W. K. Wong

David W.K. Wong is a partner in the firm's Honolulu office and a member of its Tax, Estate Planning & Wealth Management Practice Group.  His practice emphasizes federal and Hawai‘i tax aspects of commercial transactions and business enterprises.  Mr. Wong has done extensive work in the areas of business organizations, entity structuring, acquisitions, divestitures, and debt workouts.  He is listed in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 for Corporate/Commercial:  Tax (Band 1).  In 2016, David was named the Hawai‘i Lawyer of the Year—Tax Law by The Best Lawyers in America.  He has been listed in the publication since 2010.

Representative Matters

Corporate Acquisition Assisted Japanese manufacturing company in due diligence review and acquisition of U.S. target company.

Insurance Represented clients in the formation, acquisition, and disposition of insurance companies and insurance agencies.

Foreclosures and Workouts Advised numerous borrowers and lenders regarding tax aspects of loan restructurings, workouts, and foreclosures.

Real Property Valuation Represented property owners and lessees in appealing real property tax assessments of residential, shopping center, and golf course properties.

Hawai‘i General Excise and Use Tax Handled appeals and negotiations with Hawai‘i Department of Taxation to reduce proposed general excise and use tax assessments for local and multinational clients involving numerous proposed assessments in excess of $1 million.

Hawai‘i Taxes Advised numerous clients regarding Hawai‘i income tax, franchise tax, general excise tax, use tax, fuel tax, and real estate conveyance tax matters.



  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation


Areas of Practice

  • Tax, Estate Planning & Wealth Management

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Hawaii
  • U.S. Federal Courts
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Stanford Law School,Stanford,California
    • J.D.
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
    • M.B.A.
  • Stanford University
    • A.B., With Distinction