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Carlsmith Ball LLP


3 ranked lawyersBand 1HawaiiUSA 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Versatile team acting on corporate and finance mandates in a range of industries, with notable prowess in regulatory work. Additionally offers an established tax practice advising on related M&A, corporate structuring and estate planning. Continues to operate at the forefront of renewable energy in the state, providing counsel on a variety of wind, geothermal, solar and waste-to-energy projects. Noted for its Greater China corporate practice focusing on outbound Chinese investment, project development and real property acquisitions.


Clients appreciate that the firm "analyzes the challenges well, designs strategies that have worked, and executes the many technical details successfully."
Commentators note that the firm "is fantastic and has very broad resources - they offer the full service."

Work highlights

Represented the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office in its purchase of iFIMS to oversee its fisheries information management system through a merger.

Notable practitioners

David Wong enjoys a strong reputation among clients for his expertise in ownership issues and corporate governance policies, as well as transactions such as acquisitions. He is particularly experienced in tax matters.
"He is excellent on all the necessary details." "He is very smart, very responsive and gives intelligent and practical advice."

Gerald Sumida 's practice features experience across a range of business and administrative law matters. His expertise includes transactions arising from the energy industry.
"He is very knowledgeable and has a great deal of experience in matters before the PUC."

Lawrence Okinaga is an outstanding attorney who is sought after by financial institutions for his expertise, with clients highlighting his provision of high-level strategic advice.
"He knows the insurance regulation process very well and has the relationships necessary to complete the matter."

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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.


Nakahara, Vicki Y. (Head of Department)

Dickinson, Michelle Chi

Egesdal, Steven M.

Garson, Katherine A.

Grimes, Joanne Lo

Hall, Catherine L.

Imata, Michelle C.

James, Eric A.

Kobayashi, Karl K.

Lim, Jennifer A.

Lim, Steven S. C.

Love, Lucas K.

Matro, Avery C.

Muller, Arsima A.

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, David W

Wong, Patrick K.

Yamamura, Jon T.

Zhao, Nancy H.


Bank of Hawaii

Bank of the Federated States of Micronesia

Central Pacific Bank

Green Energy Team LLC

Hawaii Employers' Mutual Insurance Company, Inc. (HEMIC)

James Campbell Company, LLC

Japan Airlines

Kalaeloa Partners, L.P.

Kaonoulu Ranch LLLP

Parker Ranch Foundation

Parker Ranch, Inc.

Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA)

Puna Geothermal Venture

Territorial Savings Bank

The University of Hawaii

Trustees of the Estate of Samuel Damon

Ulupono Initiative LLC


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




Travel & Leisure



Carlsmith Ball LLP


ASB Tower, Suite 2200,

1001 Bishop Street,

Post Office Box 656




HI 96813

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David W Wong
Band 3
Gerald Sumida
Band 1

Corporate/Commercial: Finance

Lawrence S Okinaga
Band 1