Due to the Covid-19 situation, Carlsmith Ball's personnel are primarily working remotely to serve our clients.

However, our offices remain open. Office hours and contact phone numbers by location are available on the "Locations" link of our home page.

News, Events & Awards
Posted on November 1st, 2016

Carlsmith Ball Law Firm Awarded Top Honor By U.S. News & World Report

HONOLULU - November 1, 2016 - Carlsmith Ball LLP has been named one of the "Best Law Firms" in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers list of firms across 185 metropolitan areas in the United States. This award specifically focuses on 26 practice areas within Carlsmith Ball, including 20 Tier 1 rankings.

The 2017 US News & World Report - Best Lawyer rankings look at peer reviews from other attorneys, client feedback, overall reputation of the firm and whether attorneys at the firm were considered "worthy competitors" by other attorneys.

"We're proud to be recognized by US News & World Report and Best Lawyer as one of the best law firms in the country," said chairman Karl Kobayashi. "Our clients deserve top level legal service, and we're always trying to improve upon ourselves. We know we have some of the best attorneys in their field, and we're pleased to see them get the recognition they deserve."

The U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers 2017 "Best Law Firms" awards recognize Carlsmith Ball in the following practice areas:


  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Financial Services Regulation Law
  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Banking & Finance
  • Litigation - Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts & Estates
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts & Estates Law


  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Environmental Law


  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Energy Law
  • Health Care Law

About Carlsmith Ball, LLP

Carlsmith Ball LLP is one of the largest law firms in the Pacific region with offices in Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Maui, and Los Angeles. Our attorneys are recognized as leaders in the industry, named in The Best Lawyers in America® and ranked among "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" by Chamber and Partners USA. For more than 150 years, Carlsmith Ball has provided clients innovative and results-oriented representation in sophisticated commercial and financial transactions and in complex arbitration and litigation matters. For more information about the firm, please visit www.carlsmith.com.