About Us

Our History

1857

Hawaii’s oldest law firm has its roots on the Big Island of Hawaii, in the small town of Hilo, where founder David H. Hitchcock opened his office as a solo practice in 1857.

1888

Hitchcock’s daughter, Almeda Eliza Hitchcock, made history in 1888 when she joined the firm as the first female lawyer in Hawaii.

1911

Carl S. Carlsmith, partner of David Hitchcock, inherited the firm upon Hitchcock’s death in 1890. The firm was renamed to Carlsmith in 1911.

1957

Carlsmith set its sights on the bustling business hub of Honolulu, where it opened its second office in 1957. As Carlsmith grew, so did its name — the firm became Carlsmith Carlsmith Wichman & Case just two years later, in 1959.

1970

In the 1970s and ‘80s, business boomed in Asia and spread through the Pacific region. Carlsmith followed suit, expanding to Kailua-Kona, Maui and beyond as new economic connections bred new opportunities on neighbor islands.

1985

Carlsmith reached a milestone in 1985 with the opening of its first mainland office in Los Angeles, bridging the gap between the Pacific and West Coast.

1990

The firm merged with Ball Hunt Hart Brown & Baerwitz of Los Angeles and Long Beach in 1990 to later become Carlsmith Ball, as it is known today.

Present Day

Today, Carlsmith Ball attorneys represent iconic projects, top corporations and legislation that shape the history and future of our state. Our collaborative and forward-thinking approach draws from more than 150 years of history, and a rich tradition of serving the people of Hawaii.