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Twenty-Seven Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015


FOUR LAWYERS NAMED "LAWYER OF THE YEAR"; ONE LAWYER LISTED FOR FIVE AREAS OF PRACTICE

HONOLULU, HAWAII - August 18, 2014 - Carlsmith Ball is pleased to congratulate its 27 attorneys who were selected by attorney peers throughout the profession for inclusion in the 2015 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, including James L. Starshak (30 years); and John C. Khil (20 years); Eric A. James and J. Thomas Van Winkle (15+ years), Lawrence S. Okinaga, Dean H. Robb, Ian L. Sandison, and Robert E. Strand (10 years).

Four Carlsmith lawyers were singled out for Lawyer of the Year awards: Gerald A. Sumida, Energy Law, Ian L. Sandison, Environmental Law, Lawrence S. Okinaga, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Timothy J. Lui-Kwan, Administrative / Regulatory Law.

Extraordinarily, Michael M. Purpura was listed for five areas of law: Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate, and Litigation - Securities.

Four other firm lawyers were listed for four areas of law: Harry Y. Oda was listed for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, and Trusts and Estates. Lawrence S. Okinaga was listed for Banking and Finance Law, Consumer Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Litigation - Banking & Finance. James L. Starshak was listed for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, and Trusts and Estates Law; Gerald A. Sumida was listed for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Governance Law, Energy Law, and Securities / Capital Markets 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."

Carlsmith Ball Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America

Hilo, Hawaii

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

Honolulu, Hawaii

Jennifer A. (Benck) Lim - Land Use & Zoning Law

Steven M. Egesdal - Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Commercial Litigation, and Corporate Law

Joanne L. Grimes - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law

Michelle C. Imata - Banking and Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law

Eric A. James - Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Litigation - Real Estate, and Real Estate Law

John C. Khil - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Tax Law

Lorraine Klevanksy - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Karl K. Kobayashi - Real Estate Law

Timothy J. Lui-Kwan - Lawyer of the Year (Administrative / Regulatory Law) and Litigation - Land Use & Zoning

Duane R. Miyashiro - Litigation - Real Estate

Mark K. Murakami - Real Estate Law

Harry Y. Oda - Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, and Trusts and Estates Law

Lawrence S. Okinaga - Lawyer of the Year (Financial Services Regulation Law ), Banking and Finance Law, Consumer Law, and Litigation - Banking and Finance

Michael M. Purpura - Appellate Practice, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Real Estate and Litigation - Securities

Dean H. Robb - Admiralty & Maritime Law

Tom E. Roesser - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Ian L. Sandison - Lawyer of the Year (Environmental Law)

James L. Starshak - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law, Non-Profit / Charities Law, and Trusts and Estates Law

Robert E. Strand - Real Estate Law

Gerald A. Sumida - Lawyer of the Year (Energy Law), Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Governance Law, and Securities / Capital Markets 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 - Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law

Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Craig G. Nakamura - Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law

Carlsmith Ball LLP is a leading law firm in the Pacific region 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.

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