Carlsmith Ball LLP

Corporate/Commercial Department

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Carlsmith is known for the breadth of its coverage—client type and size, practice areas, industries, and geographies. 

Coverage includes:

§ Acquisitions and Dispositions

§ Administrative and Regulatory

§ Admiralty and Maritime

§ Banking and Finance

§ Bankruptcy and Insolvency

§ Business Operations, including Franchises

§ Business Structuring and Formation

§ Energy

§ Financing and Capitalization

§ Foreign Entities

§ Governance

§ Intellectual Property

§ Licensing

§ Mergers and Acquisitions

§ Public Utilities

§ Project Finance

§ Regulatory

§ Securities

§ Tax Law, including Structuring and Compliance

The firm is particularly adept at guiding clients through all types of regulatory and agency matters, whether regarding energy and utilities, land use and indigenous rights, procurement, tax, antitrust and trade, securities, licensing or other matters.

Carlsmith is also known for the strength of its tax practice, and it represents clients in cross-border, inbound and outbound, corporate, business, and investment transactions, offering holistic counsel on operational, structuring, and tax implications.

Recently, Carlsmith has been at the forefront of some of the most sophisticated and complex energy deals, particularly renewable energy, providing instrumental counsel on wind, geothermal, solar, waste-to-energy, and other energy projects.

The firm’s Greater China Practice assists clients investing or doing business in Hawaii and California as well as U.S. individuals and companies doing business in China.


Muller, Arsima A. (Head of Department)

Dickinson, Michelle Chi

Egesdal, Steven M.

Garson, Katherine A.

Grimes, Joanne Lo

Hall, Catherine L.

Imata, Michelle C.

James, Eric A.

Kato, Alison S.

Kobayashi, Karl K.

Kuo, Mei-Fei

Lim, Jennifer A.

Lim, Steven S. C.

Love, Lucas K.

Matro, Avery C.

Nakahara, Vicki Y.

Nakamura, Craig G.

Oda, Harry Y,

Okinaga, Lawrence S

Padilla, Daniel J.

Robb, Dean H.

Roesser, Tom E.

Strand, Robert E.

Sumida, Gerald

Thoene, Puananionaona "Onaona" P.

Ueoka, Paul M.

Van Winkle, Tom

Wang, Kai

Wong, Patrick K.

Yamamura, Jon T.

Zhao, Nancy H.


Bank of Hawaii

Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, LP

Central Pacific Bank

James Campbell Company, LLC

Japan Airlines

Kaonoulu Ranch LLLP

Parker Ranch Foundation

Parker Ranch, Inc.

Territorial Savings Bank

The University of Hawaii

Trustees of the Estate of Samuel Damon


Banks and Other Financial Institutions

Charities and Not for Profit Entities

Commercial and Professional Services

Construction and Materials


Energy and Renewable Energy



Mining and Metals

Private Clients and Individuals

Real Estate




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