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Nineteen Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Listed in the Best Lawyers in America 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Michael Dolan, Chief Operating Officer
808-523-0333; mdolan@carlsmith.com


NINETEEN CARLSMITH BALL LAWYERS LISTED IN THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA 2010;
FIRM RANKED #1 IN HAWAII IN SIX PRACTICE AREAS

HONOLULU, HAWAII -- January 1, 2010 -- Carlsmith Ball is pleased to congratulate its 19 attorneys who were selected by attorney peers throughout the profession for inclusion in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Several of the firm's lawyers have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for many years, they include James L. Starshak (25 years); and John C. Khil (15 years); Eric A. James, Lawrence S. Okinaga, Dean H. Robb, Ian L. Sandison, Robert E. Strand and J. Thomas Van Winkle (5+ years).

First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. For the new U.S. edition, more than 24,126 leading attorneys cast more than 2.8 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties. Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

(*) Denotes tie with 1 or more other firm(s).

Carlsmith Ball Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America:

Hilo, Hawaii

Steven S. C. Lim - Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law

Honolulu, Hawaii

Joanne L. Grimes - Employee Benefits and Non-Profit/Charities Law
Eric A. James - Real Estate Law
John C. Khil - Employee Benefits Law
Harry Y. Oda - Trusts and Estates
Lawrence S. Okinaga - Banking Law
Dean H. Robb - Maritime Law
Tom E. Roesser - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law
Ian L. Sandison - Environmental Law
James L. Starshak - Employee Benefits, Non-Profit/Charities and Trusts and Estates Law
Robert E. Strand - Real Estate Law
Gerald A. Sumida - Energy Law
J. Thomas Van Winkle - Banking and Mergers & Acquisitions Law
David W.K. Wong - Tax Law

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Robert D. Triantos - Real Estate Law

Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Carlsmith Ball LLP is a leading law firm in the Pacific region with close to 100 lawyers in six offices in Honolulu, Maui, Kona, Hilo and Los Angeles. For more than 150 years, Carlsmith Ball has assisted clients in achieving their objectives through effective, result-oriented representation in large commercial and financial transactions and in complex arbitration and litigation matters. For more information about the firm, please visit www.Carlsmith.com.

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