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Twenty-Four Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2011; Firm Ranked in First Tier in 10 Areas of Practice

Contact: Michael Dolan, Chief Operating Officer
808–523–0333; mdolan@carlsmith.com


HONOLULU, HAWAII – September 14, 2011 –– Carlsmith Ball is pleased to congratulate its 24 attorneys who were selected by attorney peers throughout the profession for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, 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, J. Thomas Van Winkle (10 years); and Ruth K. Oh, Lawrence S. Okinaga, Dean H. Robb, Ian L. Sandison, and Robert E. Strand (5+ years). Additionally, the firm is delighted to be ranked in the first tier in Hawaii in ten separate practice areas – Corporate Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Employment Law – Management; Immigration Law; Land Use & Zoning Law; Litigation – Trusts & Estates; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Non–Profit/Charities Law; Real Estate Law; and Trusts & Estates Law.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer–review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Attorneys at Carlsmith Ball are no stranger to accolades. The firm is ranked among the top bands for five separate practice areas by the rigorously researched and highly esteemed Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Eleven lawyers are individually ranked in Chambers as well. Further, 14 Carlsmith attorneys were selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2010, in a total of 11 practice areas.

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

Steven M. Egesdal – Corporate Law
Joanne L. Grimes – Employee Benefits (ERISA) and Non–Profit/Charities Law
Eric A. James – Litigation – Real Estate and Real Estate Law
John C. Khil – Employee Benefits (ERISA)
Karl K. Kobayashi – Real Estate Law
Nenad Krek – Insurance Law
Harry Y. Oda – Litigation – Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates Law
Ruth K. Oh – Immigration Law
Lawrence S. Okinaga – Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Litigation – Banking and Finance
Dean H. Robb – Admiralty & Maritime Law
Tom E. Roesser – Bankruptcy and Creditor–Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Ian L. Sandison – Environmental Law
James L. Starshak – Employee Benefits (ERISA), Litigation – Trusts & Estates, 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 Finance Law, Corporate Law, 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 nearly 100 lawyers serving clients from six offices in Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Maui, and Los Angeles. For more than 150 years, Carlsmith Ball has assisted clients in achieving their objectives through effective, 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.