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Associate / Hilo

Ian Wesley-Smith

(808) 935-6644
(808) 935-7975

Ian Wesley-Smith is an Associate in the firm’s Hilo office and a member of its Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution practice group. Ian focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including matters involving breach of contract, construction performance and defects, business entity disputes, intellectual property rights, and business torts. He has achieved successful outcomes in arbitration, state court, and federal court, for clients ranging from publicly traded companies to local people.

Ian also has “first-chair” trial lawyer experience from his participation in the Federal Civil Pro Bono Panel Program of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaiʻi. Through the Pro Bono Panel Program, Ian represents formerly pro se plaintiffs that are unable to effectively represent themselves in federal court. In 2019, Ian served as co-lead counsel in a five-day federal jury trial and won a jury verdict and sizeable damages for his client.   

Ian was born and raised in Kahaluʻu, Hawaiʻi. He graduated summa cum laude from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2016, where he ranked 1st in his class and received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in 13 courses.  


  • Selected for the 2020 Kiʻe Kiʻe award by the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association, for outstanding provision of professional pro bono legal services
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2022 for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, and Litigation - Construction; previously listed in 2021
  • Ranked First in Graduating Class of 2016, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards:  Constitutional Law I, Contracts I,  Criminal Justice,  Federal Income Taxation, Law and Psychology, Legal Practice I,  Legal Practice II, Legal Research, Real Property I, Real Property II, Second Year Seminar, Secured Transactions, Torts
  • Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher Scholarship
  • Michael P. Porter Dean's Scholastic Award


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • United States District Court, District of Hawaii