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Dean H. Robb



Dean Robb is a partner in the firm's Honolulu office and is a member of the Corporate & Business Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on corporate business, finance, construction, acquisitions, ocean and maritime activities, administrative law, government procurement, and international transactions. Admitted to bars throughout the Pacific, Mr. Robb also has considerable experience in the U.S. Pacific islands, including Guam, Saipan and Micronesia. He continues an active practice in these areas, and especially in Guam.  Mr. Robb was named Best Lawyers' 2012 Hawai`i Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer of the year.  Only one attorney each year is singled out for this award.  He has been listed in Best Lawyers of America continuously since 2005.

He has represented a variety of commercial interests throughout the Pacific including shipping, recreation activity providers (tour boats, water sports, etc.) and resorts, design and construction firms, insurance interests, financial institutions and business concerns of almost every type. Mr. Robb's clients also include governments in Asia and the Pacific Basin, Japanese trading companies, international construction consortiums, international banks, marine P & I clubs, as well as shipping and fishing companies.

Prior to joining Carlsmith Ball, Mr. Robb was Assistant Attorney General for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a consultant to the United Nations and a consultant to the Asia Pacific Bank.

Prior Employment

  • Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Assistant Attorney General  


  • Selected as Best Lawyers' 2012 Hawai`i Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer of the Year. 
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017, Admiralty & Maritime Law; listed since 2005
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers for Transportation/Maritime and Business/Corporate Law 
  • Highest "AV" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory


  • Hawai`i State Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Pacific Rim Maritime Law Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association

Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Administrative Law
  • Corporate & Business
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Procurement
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii
  • Guam
  • U.S. District Court District of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands


  • University of Washington School of Law,Seattle,Washington
    • LL.M., Marine Law, Fellowship
  • Indiana University School of Law,Indianapolis,Indiana
    • J.D., cum laude
  • DePauw University
    • B.A., cum laude