Alison S. Kato

Alison S. Kato: Attorney with Carlsmith Ball LLP
  • Of Counsel at Carlsmith Ball LLP (61 Attorneys)
  • ASB Tower, 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 2200, Honolulu, HI 96813
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Alison Kato is Of Counsel in the firm's Honolulu office and is a member of the Transactional group. She concentrates her practice on land use, administrative law, business formations dissolution, employment litigation and employment advice.

Alison has represented companies in federal and state court in contract disputes, employment matters, collection actions, and actions to quiet title. In addition, she regularly represents employers in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, advises employers regarding employment laws, and drafts employee handbooks. Alison has also advised clients on land use entitlement, real property business, and regulatory matters.

Ms. Kato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Kato served as Comments Editor of the University of Hawaii Law Review. Ms. Kato published an article in the University of Hawaii Law Review analyzing the potential effects of U.S. Supreme Court case, Ashcroft v. Iqbal, on Hawaii's pleading standards. Ms. Kato also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for her marks in Legal Practice I.


Plausibility of Notice Pleading: Hawaii's Pleading Standards in the Wake of Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 32 U. Haw. L. Rev. 485 (2010).

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Administrative & Regulatory
  • Corporate, Business Formation & Operations
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate & Project Development

Education & Credentials

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University Attended:
University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A., Asian Studies, magna cum laude; University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A., Economics
Law School Attended:
University of Hawaii Law Review, J.D., magna cum laude
Year of First Admission:
2011, Hawaii


•Hawaii State Bar Association
•Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
•Japan-America Society of Hawaii
•Hawaii Women Lawyers
•University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A., Asian Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, with Distinction


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