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Associate / Maui

Nancy H. Zhao


Nancy Zhao is an Associate in the firm's Maui office and a member of its Transactional practice group.  Her legal experience has included business transactions, real estate acquisitions and development, licensing work with biopharmaceutical companies, public and private security offerings, and corporate transactions, including corporate governance and finance.  Prior to joining Carlsmith Ball, Ms. Zhao served as Legal Counsel for EDF Renewable Energy, Inc. in San Diego, where she represented EDF in mergers and acquisitions of wind and solar energy projects in North America. Prior to law school, Ms. Zhao was a bank loans closer at Anchorage Capital Group, LLC, in New York City.

Ms. Zhao received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School where she was an Associate Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.  She also served as an Advanced Student Attorney in the University of Michigan International Transactions Clinic, where she performed legal analysis for non-profit organizations with impact investment operations in Asia, Latin America and Africa.  Ms. Zhao served as board member and Vice President of the University of Michigan Law School Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

Ms. Zhao has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Maui County Bar Association. As a member of the Board, she works with the Bar to help promote the legal profession, unite the attorneys on the island of Maui, inspire justice by providing legal information at the Self Help Center, educate the residents of the County of Maui of the legal system and provide scholarships for students who intend to pursue education in the field of law.


  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2022 for Administrative / Regulatory Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), and Real Estate Law; previously listed in 2021
  • Dartmouth College Presidential Scholar


  • Maui County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • The State Bar of California