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Twenty-Seven Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

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

HONOLULU, HAWAII - August 17, 2015-Carlsmith Ball is pleased to congratulate its 27 attorneys who were selected by attorney peers throughout the profession for inclusion in the 2016 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 Mary Jane Connell (formerly with Carlsmith Ball) and John C. Khil (20 years); Eric A. James and J. Thomas Van Winkle (15+ years); and, Lawrence S. Okinaga, Dean H. Robb, Ian L. Sandison, and Robert E. Strand (10 years).

Thee Carlsmith lawyers were singled out for Lawyer of the Year awards: Joanne Lo Grimes, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Tom E. Roesser, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law; and, David W. K. Wong, Tax 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

Mary Jane Connell (formerly with Carlsmith Ball) - Litigation - Trusts & Estates and Trusts & Estates

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

Joanne L. Grimes - Lawyer of the Year - 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

Nenad Krek - Admiralty & Maritime Law

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

Timothy J. Lui-Kwan - 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 - Banking and Finance Law, Consumer Law, Financial Services Regulation 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 - Lawyer of the Year - Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law and Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency

Ian L. Sandison - 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 - Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Governance Law, Energy Law, and Securities / Capital Markets Law

J. Thomas Van Winkle - Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions Law

David W.K. Wong - Lawyer of the Year - 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.