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Katherine A. Garson


Of Counsel

Katherine A. Garson is Of Counsel in the firm's Hilo office and a member of the firm's Administrative Law, Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Real Estate, Land Use & Hospitality practice groups.  Katherine previously served as the Assistant Corporation Counsel and a Deputy Corporation Counsel for the County of Hawai`i in Hilo.  In that capacity, she provided advice and counsel to the Mayor and County Council, as well as to various departments, boards, and commissions within the County, including the Department of Water Supply and the Water Board. Her litigation experience has extended to areas such as civil rights and condemnation, and she has represented clients in federal and states courts. 

Prior Work Experience

  • Deputy Corporation Counsel, County of Hawai`i, Hilo, Hawai`i
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, County of Hawai`i, Hilo, Hawai`i
  • Law Offices of Valta A. Cook, Hilo, Hawai`i
  • Law Offices of David R. Sylva, Campbell, California


  •  Hawai`i State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association (inactive)

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 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


  • Santa Clara University School of Law,Santa Clara,California
    • J.D.
  • Occidental College
    • B.A.