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Twenty-Six Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013; Firm Ranked in First Tier in 12 Areas of Practice

Carlsmith Ball is pleased to congratulate its 26 attorneys who were selected by attorney peers throughout the profession for inclusion in the 2013 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 (25+ years); and John C. Khil (15+ years); Eric A. James, J. Thomas Van Winkle (10 years); and 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 for law firms in Hawaii in 12 separate practice areas:

  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law;
  • Corporate Law;
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law;
  • Employment Law – Management;
  • Energy Law;
  • Land Use & Zoning Law;
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning;
  • Litigation – Real Estate;
  • Litigation – Trusts & Estates;
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law;
  • Real Estate Law; and,
  • Trusts and Estates .

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 all five practice areas by the rigorously researched and highly esteemed Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Fourteen lawyers are individually ranked in Chambers as well. Further, 12 Carlsmith attorneys were selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2012, in a total of 21 practice areas.

Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013

Steven M. Egesdal

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Corporate Law

Joanne L. Grimes

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Non-Profit/Charities Law

Michelle C. Imata

Banking and Finance Law

Eric A. James

Real Estate Law

John C. Khil

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Lorraine Klevansky

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Karl K. Kobayashi

Real Estate Law

Real Estate Law

Steven S. C. Lim

Land Use & Zoning Law

Real Estate Law

Timothy J. Lui-Kwan

Administrative/Regulatory Law

Litigation-Land Use & Zoning

Litigation-Land Use & Zoning

Real Estate Law

Mark K. Murakami

Real Estate Law

Craig G. Nakamura

Litigation-Real Estate

Harry Y. Oda

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Litigation-Trusts and Estates

Trusts and Estates

Lawrence S. Okinaga

Banking and Finance Law

Financial Services Regulation Law

Litigation-Banking & Finance

Dean H. Robb

Admiralty & 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

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Health Care Law

Non-Profit/Charities Law

Trusts and Estates

Robert E. Strand

Real Estate Law

Gerald A. Sumida

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

Corporate Governance Law

Energy Law

Robert D. Triantos

Litigation-Real Estate

Real Estate Law

J. Thomas Van Winkle

Banking and Finance Law

Corporate Law

Mergers & Acquisitions Law

David W. K. Wong

Tax Law