Carlsmith Ball LLP

David W Wong

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Practice Areas

Practice emphasizes federal and Hawaii tax aspects of commercial transactions and business enterprises. Well regarded for business organization, entity structuring, acquisitions, divestitures and debt workouts. Deep experience in renewable energy, clean technology and insurance industries.

Represented a Japanese manufacturing company in due diligence review and acquisition of U.S. target company. Represented clients in the formation, acquisition and disposition of insurance companies and insurance agencies. Advised numerous borrowers and lenders regarding tax aspects of loan restructurings, workouts and foreclosures. Represented property owners and lessees in appealing real property tax assessments of residential, shopping center, and golf course properties. Handled appeals and negotiations to reduce proposed Hawaii general excise and use tax assessments for multinational clients involving numerous proposed assessments in excess of $1 million. Advises regarding Hawaii income tax, franchise tax, general excise tax, use tax, fuel tax and real estate conveyance tax matters.


Admitted: U.S. Federal Courts, U.S. Tax Court; California and Hawaii Bars

Professional Memberships

Hawaii State Bar Association, Section of Taxation; American State Bar Association, Section of Taxation.


J.D., Stanford Law School, M.B.A., Stanford Graduate School of Business; A.B., with Distinction, Stanford University.

2016 Lawyer of the Year - Honolulu - Tax Law, The Best Lawyers in America.