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Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

HONOLULU - August 23, 2016 - Carlsmith Ball is pleased to announce that 26 attorneys from its Hawaii offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Among the attorneys listed, five were distinguished as "Lawyers of the Year," a designation given to a single attorney in each practice group by metropolitan area. Demonstrating Carlsmith Ball's strengths across many practice areas, two-thirds of the 26 Carlsmith Ball attorneys were selected for Best Lawyers in multiple practice areas. In addition, three attorneys were recognized in the newly added categories of Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Litigation - Insurance, and Utilities Law.

According to the publication, Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most esteemed peer-review publication. Inclusion is based exclusively on merit, and signals excellence and professionalism in the ranked practice areas. This year's guide is the product of exhaustive peer-review surveys where Carlsmith attorneys were confidentially evaluated by their professional peers. The result is an unbiased ranking of leaders in the legal industry.

Named Best Lawyers 2017 "Lawyer of the Year":

  • Michelle C. Imata | Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Nenad Krek | Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Lawrence S. Okinaga | Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Michael M. Purpura | Appellate Practice
  • Robert D. Triantos | Litigation - Real Estate

Named to Best Lawyers in America 2017 list:

  • Steven M. Egesdal | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law
  • Joanne Lo Grimes | Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Michelle C. Imata | Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Eric A. James | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law
  • John C. Khil | Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law
  • Lorraine S. Klevansky | Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Karl K. Kobayashi | Real Estate Law
  • Nenad Krek | Admiralty and Maritime Law, Litigation - Insurance
  • Jennifer A. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Steven S. C. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law
  • Timothy J. Lui-Kwan, Administrative / Regulatory Law, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Utilities Law
  • Duane R. Miyashiro | Litigation - Real Estate
  • Mark K. Murakami | Real Estate Law
  • Craig G. Nakamura | Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law
  • Harry Y. Oda | Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Trusts and Estates Law, Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law, Non-Profit / Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Lawrence S. Okinaga | Banking and Finance Law, Consumer Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Michael M. Purpura | Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, Litigation - Securities
  • Dean H. Robb | Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Tom E. Roesser | Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Ian L. Sandison | Environmental Law
  • James L. Starshak | Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Employee
  • Robert E. Strand | Real Estate Law
  • Gerald A. Sumida | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Governance Law, Energy Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Robert D. Triantos | Litigation - Real Estate, Real Estate Law
  • J. Thomas Van Winkle | Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • David W. K. Wong | Tax Law

About Carlsmith Ball, LLP

Carlsmith Ball LLP is one of the largest law firms in the Pacific region with offices in Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Maui, and Los Angeles. Our attorneys are recognized as leaders in the industry, named in The Best Lawyers in America® and ranked among "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" by Chamber and Partners USA. For more than 150 years, Carlsmith Ball has provided clients innovative and results-oriented representation in sophisticated commercial and financial transactions and in complex arbitration and litigation matters. For more information about the firm, please visit www.carlsmith.com.