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Posted on September 21st, 2015

Kenji Price, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Returns Home To Hawaii And Joins Carlsmith Ball

Decorated Army Veteran is Newest Member of Firm's Expanding Litigation Practice

HONOLULU - September 21, 2015 - Carlsmith Ball LLP today announced that Kenji Price, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in New York City, has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

An experienced federal prosecutor, Price will focus his practice on white-collar criminal defense as well as appeals, complex civil litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He joins the firm's expanding litigation practice, which includes another former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Michael Purpura, who joined the firm in 2009.

Price served most recently as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the prestigious Eastern District of New York, where he prosecuted a wide variety of federal cases related to large-scale domestic and international narcotics trafficking, organized crime, bank robbery, insurance fraud, tax fraud, social security fraud, illegal immigration and child pornography. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Kent A. Jordon in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and Judge Robert B. Kugler in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Price served in the U.S. Army and was awarded two Bronze Star Medals for his service in Iraq as a rifle platoon leader and Ranger rifle platoon leader. He was also awarded the Army Commendation Medal for serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment, an elite special operations force stationed in Savannah, Georgia. Price served a total of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We are fortunate to have Kenji join our firm and further add to our litigation expertise," said Karl Kobayashi, Chairman of Carlsmith Ball. "His decorated military career and successes in federal court demonstrate a commitment to excellence that we are excited to welcome to our firm."

"I am excited to join Carlsmith Ball because of its long and rich history of serving the people of Hawaii," said Price. "I am fortunate to have the backing of the most trusted and effective lawyers in Hawaii and the opportunity to collaborate with them on high profile cases."

Price is admitted to practice law in New York. He earned his law degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Price is an alumnus of Mililani High School and a magna cum laude graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

About Carlsmith Ball LLP

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