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Wong, David W

Practice Areas

  • Tax, Estate Planning & Wealth Management


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

Bar & Court Admissions

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

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 2014 for Corporate/Commercial:  Tax (Band 1).

Representative Matters

Corporate Acquisition Assisted financial institution in structuring and closing tax-free acquisition of another bank.

Partnership Structured Tiered partnership arrangement for U.S. investors in $100 million development project involving complex capital and profit and loss allocation issues.

Equipment Leasing Represented leasing arm of major financial institution in numerous leveraged leasing transactions involving hundreds of millions of dollars in equipment cost.  Reviewed tax issues related to proposed lease structures, negotiated tax indemnity agreements and purchase and sale of existing leases.

Partnership Represented foreign investors in U.S. real estate development partnership in connection with partnership restructuring and raising of additional equity for 1,500 acre high-end residential and golf course development project.

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

Real Property Valuation Represented hotel owner in real property tax dispute, resulting in tax reduction of over $1 million.  Represented property owners and lessees in appealing real property tax assessments of residential, shopping center, and golf course properties, including multiple-year appeals of properties assessed at more than $500 million.

Hawai‘i General Excise Tax Negotiated with Hawai‘i Department Taxation to reduce proposed general excise tax assessment for work performed by multinational engineering firm in connection with Hawai‘i project.  Result was tax savings to client in excess $500,000.



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