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Partner / Honolulu

Eric A. "Rick" James

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808.523.2521
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808.523.0842
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ejames@carlsmith.com

Rick James is a Partner in the firm's Honolulu office and is a member of the Transactional practice group. He concentrates his practice on all phases of the acquisition, development and sale of real property, including: the formation of partnerships, joint ventures and LLC's; negotiating purchase and sale agreements; negotiating construction contracts and architect agreements; representing borrowers in development financing; preparing condominium and land sales registrations; preparing project sales documents and negotiating long-term ground leases. Mr. James also regularly advises clients on environmental law matters affecting real estate, with an emphasis on cleaning up contaminated sites and the impact of environmental laws in leasing and sales transactions. He is listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 for Real Estate, and has again been selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018, for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Litigation - Real Estate, and Real Estate Law; he has been listed in the publication since 2001.

Campbell Estate

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Representation of trustees in termination of private trust and transfer of $2.7 billion in property and other assets to successor entity.

City of Kapolei

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Representation of James Campbell Company LLC in the development and sale of the City of Kapolei, the secondary urban center on Oahu.

Gay & Robinson

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Representation of sugar company in winding up sugar operations and negotiating long-term ground lease of 3500 acres of prime agricultural land.

Honua Kai

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Representation of developer in the development and sale of a 700-unit mixed-use high-rise resort condominium hotel project.

Downtown Honolulu Superblock

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Representation of land owner in the $34.6 million sale of Downtown Honolulu Superblock.

James Campbell Industrial Park

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Representation of land owner in the $115 million sale of James Campbell Industrial Park.

Pearlridge Shopping Center

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Representation of shopping center owner in negotiation with fee owner of extension of ground leases under Pearlridge Shopping Center.

Kona Village Resort

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Representation of resort owner in $55 million sale of Kona Village Resort.

Kuki'o

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Representation of developer in development and sale of a 675-acre residential lot and golf course development.

Kolea

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Representation of developer in the development and sale of a 126-unit mid-rise resort residential condominium project.

Hokuli'a

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Representation of developer in development and sale of a 1,558-acre residential lot and golf course development.

One Archer Lane

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Representation of developer in development and sale of 331-unit mixed-use high-rise condominium project.

Kahuku Training Area

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Representation of land owner in condemnation of 8,500-acre Kahuku Training Area by U.S. Army.

South Range

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Representation of land owner in 1,405-acre condemnation of South Range by U.S. Army.

Aloha Tower

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Representation of developer in negotiation of $100 million in debt and equity funding for Aloha Tower Project.

Distinctions

  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 for Business Organizations (including LLC'sĀ and Partnerships),  Real Estate Law and Litigation - Real Estate; he has been listed in the publication since 2001
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 for Real Estate (Senior Statesmen)
  • Highest "AV" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Lecturer, William S. Richardson School of Law - Real Estate Development and Finance

Affiliations

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section