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News, Events & Awards
Posted on August 15th, 2019

Carlsmith Ball Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2020

Carlsmith Ball is pleased to announce that 27 attorneys from its Hawaii offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Among the attorneys listed, five were distinguished as "Lawyer of the Year," a designation given to a single attorney in each practice group by metropolitan area. Demonstrating Carlsmith Ball's diverse expertise, attorneys were listed across 26 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 2020 "Lawyer of the Year":

Named to Best Lawyers in America 2020:

  • StevenM. 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 | Litigation - Real Estate
  • Michelle C. Imata | Banking and Finance Law; Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Eric A. James | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); 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; Project Finance Law; Real Estate Law
  • Jennifer A. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Steven S. C. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • John P. (Pete) Manaut | Commercial Litigation
  • Joy M. Miyasaki | Litigation and Controversy - Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates
  • 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; Financial Services Regulation Law; Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Dean H. Robb | Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • 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; Energy Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Robert D. Triantos | Administrative / Regulatory Law; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Real Estate; Real Estate Law
  • Paul M. Ueoka | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Tom Van Winkle | Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • David W.K. Wong | Tax Law
  • Jon T. Yamamura | Banking and Finance Law; Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Rodd H. Yano | Real Estate Law