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Posted on September 8th, 2021

Carlsmith Ball Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022

Carlsmith Ball is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys from its Hawaii offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Among the attorneys listed, four were distinguished as "Lawyer of the Year," a designation given to a single attorney in each practice group by metropolitan area. In addition, eight attorneys were recipients of the “Ones to Watch” award, which recognizes attorneys who are earlier in their career for outstanding professional excellence. Demonstrating Carlsmith Ball's diverse expertise, attorneys were listed across 30 practice areas, with more than half of the attorneys selected as Best Lawyers in multiple practice areas. 

According to the publication, Best Lawyers® is the oldest and most esteemed peer-review publication. Inclusion is based exclusively on merit, and signals excellence and professionalism in the ranked practice areas. This year's guide is the product of exhaustive peer-review surveys where Carlsmith attorneys were confidentially evaluated by their professional peers. The result is an unbiased ranking of leaders in the legal industry.


Named Best Lawyers 2022 "Lawyer of the
Year":


Named to Best Lawyers in America 2022:

  • Steven M. Egesdal | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law
  • Joanne Lo Grimes | Corporate Governance Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Nonprofit / Charities Law     
  • William M. Harstad | Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Real Estate
  • Michelle C. Imata | Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Project Finance Law
  • Eric A. James | Business Organizations (including LLCs and
    Partnerships); Environmental Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation - Real
    Estate; Real Estate Law
  •  John C. Khil | Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Tax Law
  • Lorraine S. Klevansky | Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Karl K. Kobayashi | Administrative / Regulatory Law; Corporate Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law
  • Jennifer A. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Steven S.C. Lim | Administrative /
    Regulatory Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • John P. (Pete) Manaut | Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Environmental; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Joy M. Miyasaki | Litigation and Controversy - Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • Arsima A. Muller | Administrative /Regulatory Law      
  • Mark K. Murakami | Real Estate Law
  • Vicki Y. Nakahara | Real Estate Law
  • Craig G. Nakamura | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Real Estate; Real Estate Law 
  • Harry Y. Oda | Closely Held Companies and Family
    Businesses Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Litigation - Trusts and Estates;
    Trusts and Estates
  • Lawrence S. Okinaga | Administrative / Regulatory Law; Banking and Finance Law; Consumer Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Real Estate Law
  • Dean H. Robb | Admiralty and Maritime Law; Commercial
    Litigation
  • Tom E. Roesser | Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Banking and Finance; Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Robert E. Strand | Real Estate Law
  • Gerald A. Sumida | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Energy Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Paul M. Ueoka | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • Tom Van Winkle | Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Kai Wang | Corporate Law; Real Estate Law
  • David W.K. Wong | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Tax Law
  • Jon T. Yamamura | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Real Estate Law
  • Rodd H. Yano | Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law


Named Best Lawyers 2022 "Ones to
Watch":

  • Catherine L.M. Hall | Land Use and Zoning Law; Litigation - Real Estate
  • Avery C. Matro  |  Administrative / Regulatory Law; Real Estate Law
  • Daniel J. Padilla | Banking and Finance Law; Real Estate Law
  • Derek B. Simon | Administrative / Regulatory Law; Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • Puananionaona (Onaona) P. Thoene | Administrative / Regulatory Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Energy Law; Environmental Law; Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Ian Wesley-Smith | Alternative Dispute Resolution; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Construction
  • Shawn H. Yamada | Trusts and Estates
  • Nancy H. Zhao | Administrative / Regulatory Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Real Estate Law