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Partner / Honolulu

Jon T. Yamamura


Jon Yamamura is the Chairman of the firm and a Partner in the firm's Honolulu office Transactional Practice Group.  He concentrates his practice on real estate, mergers and acquisitions, buying and selling businesses and business interests, and business planning and reorganization. Mr. Yamamura also works on a wide range of complex corporate and finance projects and cases. In addition, having served over two years as a foreign attorney on staff at the Anderson Mori law firm in Tokyo, Japan, he has broad experience with Japanese and other foreign clients. 

Purchase and Sale of Real Property


The purchase and sale of both commercial and residential real property throughout the State of Hawaii. Work includes drafting of purchase and sale documentation, negotiating deal terms, and assisting clients with post-closing issues.

Hotel and Resort


The purchase and sale of hotel and resort properties, including golf courses. Work includes the negotiation, review and preparation of all phases of transaction documentation.

Commercial Leasing


Represents both landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions, including ground leases and office leases. Work includes negotiating lease terms and drafting lease documents.

Purchase and Sale of Businesses


The purchase and sale of a wide range of ongoing businesses and business interests (e.g., medical and dental practices, restaurants, etc.). Projects include both stock/partnership/LLC transactions and asset transactions. Work includes due diligence review, negotiating business points, drafting acquisition documents and helping clients with post-closing transition issues.

Business Structuring and Formation


Advises clients on the commencement, maintenance, expansion, and reorganization of business operations throughout the State of Hawaii. Work includes mergers involving foreign and domestic companies (both profit and nonprofit), corporate, partnership and LLC documentation, and structuring and reorganizing business operations.

Business Operations


Handles general business concerns, including contract needs, licensing/permitting, and day-to-day operational matters.

Banking and Finance


Assists clients with loans, loan refinancing, loan workouts, debt restructuring and other finance-related issues and concerns. Work includes the negotiation, review and preparation of all phases of loan documentation.


  • Selected by attorney pee​rs for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2023 for Banking and Finance Law, and Real Estate Law; listed since 2018


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Japan American Society of Hawaii
  • American Bar Association