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News, Events & Awards
Posted on August 15th, 2018

Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America© 2019

Carlsmith Ball is proud to announce that 28 attorneys from its Hawaii offices have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Among the attorneys listed, two were distinguished by Best Lawyers® as a 2019 "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 27 practice areas, with more than half of the attorneys recognized in multiple practice areas. Two Carlsmith Ball attorneys, John “Pete” Manaut and Rodd Yano, joined the ranks this year of individuals honored by 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 by Best Lawyers as a 2019 "Lawyer of the Year":

Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2019:

  • Steven M. Egesdal | Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Litigation; Corporate Law
  •  Joanne Lo Grimes | 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; Real Estate Law
  • Jennifer A. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Steven S. C. Lim | Land Use and Zoning Law; Real Estate Law
  • John “Pete” P. Manaut | Commercial Litigation
  • 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
  • Ian L. Sandison | Administrative / Regulatory Law; Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental
  • James L. Starshak | Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law; Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law; Health Care Law; Nonprofit / 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
  • Paul M. 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
  • Rodd H. Yano | Real Estate Law

Carlsmith Ball LLP is one of the largest law firms in Hawaii 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 Chambers and Partners USA. For over 160 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.