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Partner / Honolulu

Arsima A. Muller

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808.523.2597
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amuller@carlsmith.com

Arsima Muller is a Partner in the firm's Honolulu office.  She is a member of both the Transactional and Litigation practice groups.  Ms. Muller's practice is varied and includes considerable experience with corporate business, finance, acquisitions, ocean and maritime activities, real property transactions, energy projects, and administrative law, with an emphasis on environmental and land use law.  She regularly handles litigation matters in these areas.  Ms. Muller has an active practice in Hawaii, Guam and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Muller worked for the Washington, D.C. firm of Homer Law, Chtd., where she dealt with federal law issues relating to Native American and Alaska Native tribal governments, enterprises, and organizations.  She then served as a law clerk for Honorable Carl  B. Ingram, Chief Justice of the High Court of the Marshall Islands.  Upon completion of her clerkship, Ms. Muller was made Staff Attorney for the High Court of the Marshall Islands.

Ms. Muller was recently listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for 2021 for Environment.  Chambers said:  "Arsima Muller is noted for her ability to handle a broad range of  environmental transactional and regulatory matters, such as permitting and environmental due  diligence following real estate transactions.  She is also adept at handling litigation issues.   She is very knowledgeable."  Ms. Muller was also listed in Chambers Global: General Business Law - Marshall Islands 2021 and Chambers Asia-Pacific: General Business Law - Marshall Islands 2021.


Representative Matters

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  • Assist clients with complex real estate purchases, including performing environmental due diligence review. Ms. Muller specializes in real property transactions that involve contaminated properties.​
  • Assist owners and developers with all phases of real property development at both the State and County level, including representing clients in contested case proceedings.
  • Assist clients in preparing management plans, conservation district use applications, environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.
  • Advise clients regarding compliance with State and federal environmental laws, including Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, EPCRA, RCRA and FIFRA.
  • Represent clients in enforcement actions brought under RCRA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, EPCRA, FIFRA and State Law.
  • Represent ship owners and P&I clubs in relation to maritime claims, including oil spills, OPA 90 claims, MARPOL investigations, charter party disputes, limitation of liability actions, arrests, attachments and vessel mortgage foreclosures.
  • Advise clients on the commencement, maintenance, expansion, and reorganization of business operations in Hawaii, Guam, and the Marshall Islands.
  • Assist clients with the review and preparation of loan documentation, including ship mortgages. Ms. Muller is one of a small number of attorneys qualified to issue legal opinions on transactions relating to Marshall Islands non-resident companies.

Distinctions

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 for Environment
  • Listed in Chambers Global: General Business Law - Marshall Islands 2021
  • Listed in Chambers Asia-Pacific: General Business Law - Marshall Islands 2021
  • Named The Best Lawyers 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" for Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the field of Administrative / Regulatory Law.

Affiliations

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Board Member
  • We Are Oceania, Board President

Presentations

  • Environmental Liabilities in Real Estate Transactions, December 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii