Mr. Hwang received his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of Rochester, his Master of Science degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawaii. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston, where he concentrated his studies in the area of environmental and land use law. Prior to working in the field of law, he worked for eight years as a senior geologist and geophysicist at Exxon Company U.S.A.
Mr. Hwang has published several articles on environmental and coastal matters with the University of Hawaii Law Review and the Office of State Planning, and is author of the current manual Hawaii's Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook. He has served as a consultant for the Hawaii Department of Health, Office of State Planning, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Pacific Services Center, and Coastal Services Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He advises clients in the areas of asbestos, assessments for property transactions, clean water, clean air, coastal zone management, cost recovery actions, due diligence, environmental compliance monitoring, hazardous waste, hazard mitigation, lead-based paint, lender environmental issues, medical waste, occupational safety and health, permitting (environmental and land use) and wastewater.
Mr. Hwang is a member of the American Bar Association (Sections - Natural Resources, Energy & the Environment; Science & Technology). He is also a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Natural Resources Section, where he was past Chairperson. Mr. Hwang is on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and is current Chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Land Use Committee for the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION:
Environmental; Land Use; Real Estate
University of Hawaii Law Review, 1997-1999. Author for, Hawaii Real Estate Handbook the Law Book Store, Office of State Planning, 1992, 1994. Chairperson, HSBA Natural Resources Section, 1997.