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News, Events & Awards
Posted on August 15th, 2017

Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America 2018

Carlsmith Ball is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys from its Hawaii offices, with one in memoriam, have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Among the attorneys listed, eight 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 strengths, attorneys were listed across 30 practice areas, with two-thirds of the attorneys selected as Best Lawyers in multiple practice areas. Three Carlsmith Ball attorneys, William Harstad, Vicki Nakahara and Jon Yamamura, joined the ranks this year of individuals honored in Best Lawyers. 

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 2018 "Lawyer of the Year":

Named to Best Lawyers in America 2018:

  • Steven M. Egesdal | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law
  • Joanne Lo Grimes | Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Non-Profit / 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; Real Estate Law
  • Jennifer A. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Steven S. C. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • Timothy J. Lui-Kwan (In Memoriam)| Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Mark K. Murakami | Real Estate Law
  • Vicki Y. Nakahara | Real Estate Law
  • Craig G. Nakamura | 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
  • Michael M. Purpura | Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Real Estate; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy); Litigation - Securities
  • 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
  • Ian L. Sandison | Administrative / Regulatory Law; Environmental Law
  • James L. Starshak | Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Health Care Law; Non-Profit / Charities Law; Trusts and Estates
  • 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
  • PauM. Ueoka | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • J. Thomas 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