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Posted on August 15th, 2013

Twenty-Seven Carlsmith Ball Lawyers Listed In The Best Lawyers In America 2014

Contact: Michael Dolan, Chief Operating Officer


HONOLULU, HAWAII - August 15, 2013 - Carlsmith Ball is pleased to congratulate its 27 attorneys who were selected by attorney peers throughout the profession for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Several of the firm's lawyers have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for many years, including James L. Starshak (25+ years); and John C. Khil (15+ years); Eric A. James, J. Thomas Van Winkle (10 years); and Lawrence S. Okinaga, Dean H. Robb, Ian L. Sandison, and Robert E. Strand (5+ years).

Two Carlsmith lawyers were singled out for Lawyer of the Year awards: Steven S. C. Lim, for Land Use & Zoning Law, and J. Thomas Van Winkle, for Corporate Law. Extraordinarily, two of the firm's lawyers were listed for four areas of law: James L. Starshak was listed for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, and Trusts and Estates Law; Gerald A. Sumida was listed for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Governance Law, Energy Law, and Securities / Capital Markets Law.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Attorneys at Carlsmith Ball are no stranger to accolades. The firm is ranked among the top bands for all five practice areas by the rigorously researched and highly esteemed Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Thirteen lawyers are individually ranked in Chambers as well. Further, 12 Carlsmith attorneys were selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2012, in a total of 21 practice areas.

Carlsmith Ball Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America

Hilo, Hawaii

Steven S. C. Lim - Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law-Lawyer of the Year (Land Use & Zoning Law)

Honolulu, Hawaii

Jennifer A. Benck - Land Use & Zoning Law

- Litigation - Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates Law

Steven M. Egesdal - Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Commercial Litigation, and Corporate Law

Joanne L. Grimes - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law

Michelle C. Imata - Banking and Finance Law

Eric A. James - Real Estate Law

John C. Khil - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Lorraine Klevanksy - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Karl K. Kobayashi - Real Estate Law

Timothy J. Lui-Kwan - Administrative / Regulatory Law and Litigation - Land Use & Zoning

Mark K. Murakami - Real Estate Law

Harry Y. Oda - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, and Trusts and Estates Law

Lawrence S. Okinaga - Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Litigation - Banking and Finance

Michael M. Purpura - Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Securities

Dean H. Robb - Admiralty & Maritime Law

Tom E. Roesser - Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Ian L. Sandison - Environmental Law

James L. Starshak - Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Health Care Law, Non-Profit / Charities Law, and Trusts and Estates Law

Robert E. Strand - Real Estate Law

Gerald A. Sumida - Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Governance Law, Energy Law, and Securities / Capital Markets Law

J. Thomas Van Winkle - Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, and Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Lawyer of the Year (Corporate Law)

David W.K. Wong - Tax Law

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Robert D. Triantos - Litigation - Real Estate and Real Estate Law

Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii

Craig G. Nakamura - Litigation - Real Estate

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.