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Partner / Kona

Robert D. Triantos

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808.329.6464
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808.329.9450
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rtriantos@carlsmith.com

Robert Triantos is the Administrative Partner in the firm's Kona office. He concentrates his practice on real estate law, with an emphasis on development, sales, real estate contract, zoning, landlord-tenant, and leasing issues. Mr. Triantos also practices general corporate law, civil litigation, labor & employment law and estate planning.  He has again been selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law, and Litigation - Real Estate, he has been listed in the publication since 2009.

Real Estate Development

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Represented numerous developers in large and small real estate projects ranging from modest housing subdivisions to large commercial zoning operations. Assists clients with all aspects of development including raw land purchase, subdivision applications, financing documentation, contractor reviews, master leases, brokerage contracts, construction contracts, and obtaining entitlements and permits.

Mechanics Lien

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Represented contractors as well as bonding companies in actions to collect for work performed on construction projects.

Leasing

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Represents both landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions including ground leases and office leases. Also, represents landowners in agricultural leases for coffee and macadamia nut lands, as well as grazing leases. Work involves drafting and negotiating lease documents.

Condominiums

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Provides representation to dozens of condominium associations. Prepares condominium documents, amendments, and restatements for buildings. Assists with general advice on labor issues, liens, leases, and contracts.

Fee Conversions

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Represented large and small condominium associations in acquiring fee simple interest of lands from the landowners. Negotiates fair purchase price and drafts purchase agreements.

Property Management

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Represents dozens of property management companies for general legal advice. Assists with liens, assessments, personal injury defense, and contract questions.

Foreclosures

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Represented hundreds of owners of residential, commercial and raw land in foreclosure procedures against non-paying tenants. Property values have ranged from $100 thousand to over $3 million.

Construction Litigation

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Represented dozens of developers and construction companies in contract disputes. Cases involved both out of court settlements and jury trials.

Landlord Tenant

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Represents individuals and property management companies in landlord tenant issues. Prepares summary possession papers and provides advice on disputes.

Partnership Disputes

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Represented numerous clients in partnership disputes. Cases have included breach of fiduciary duty, capital contributions, and document misinterpretation.

Contracts

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Advised hundreds of small businesses and individuals on a wide variety of contract issues, including leases, mortgages, supplier contracts, construction contracts, and others.

Business Structuring and Formation

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Assists clients in establishing and dissolving business operations. Work involves corporate and partnership documentation, as well as structuring business operations taking into account tax implications and other client concerns.

Real Property Development

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Represents developers in all phases of project management. Work involves land use concerns, planning and approval of subdivisions, licensing and permitting requirements at the federal, state and local levels, and preparing documentation for initial sales of project lots.

Licenses & Permits

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Assists clients in obtaining a wide variety of licenses and permits from governmental agencies, including liquor licenses, conditional use permits, industrial wastewater discharge permits, shoreline setback variances, site plan review permits, and special management area use permits, among others.

Business Operations

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Assists clients with general business concerns, including contract needs, dispute resolution, and day-to-day operational problems.

Collections

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Represented individuals, small businesses and financial institutions in hundreds of loan workout matters. Worked to assure that client received maximum collateral, accounts receivable, or interest in other debtor assets. Negotiate with debtor to cure loan status when appropriate.

Distinctions

  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 for Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law, and Litigation - Real Estate; listed since 2009
  • Named Best Lawyers in America 2017 Hawai'i Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate
  • Highest "AV" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2015 for Real Estate

Affiliations

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • West Hawaii Bar Association
  • American Bar Association