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Posted on December 30th, 2012

Carlsmith Partner Dean Robb Named Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer Of The Year

Contact: Michael F. Dolan, Chief Operating Officer


Carlsmith Partner Dean Robb Named Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, has named Carlsmith partner Dean H. Robb the "Honolulu Best Lawyers' Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. Best Lawyers singled out only one lawyer for this award. The publication compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting extensive peer-review surveys. The current, 18th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2012) is based on more than 3.9 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high ratings in those surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Carlsmith Chairman Karl Kobayashi said, "We have long known of Dean's capabilities and his dedication to his clients and we are gratified that others hold him in the same esteem."

Robb's practice concentrates on business, finance, construction, acquisitions, ocean, and maritime activities and international transactions. Admitted to bars throughout the Pacific, Mr. Robb also has considerable experience in the U.S. Pacific islands, including Saipan, and Micronesia. He has represented a variety of commercial interests throughout the Pacific including shipping, recreation activity providers (tour boats, water sports, etc.) and resorts, design and construction firms, insurance interests, financial institutions and business concerns of almost every type. His clients also include governments in Asia and the Pacific Basin, Japanese trading companies, international construction consortiums, international banks, and marine P & I clubs, as well as shipping and fishing companies.

Prior to joining Carlsmith Ball, Robb was Assistant Attorney General for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a consultant to the United Nations and a consultant to the Asia Pacific Bank.

Carlsmith Ball LLP is a leading law firm in the Pacific region serving clients from six offices in Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Maui, and Los Angeles. For more than 150 years, Carlsmith Ball has assisted clients in achieving their objectives through effective, results‐oriented representation in sophisticated commercial and financial transactions and in complex arbitration and litigation matters. For more information about the firm, please visit

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