Our firm assists businesses in solving problems or concerns that arise in the course of business operations. The attorneys in this firm concentrate exclusively in business law and have extensive experience with the industries in the Pacific Region. Our clientele includes businesses from the construction, health care, retail, real estate, transportation, maritime, media, agricultural, education, tourism, entertainment, and finance industries, amongst others. Our understanding of the Pacific Region, including extensive foreign language capabilities, allows us to provide you a distinct combination of technical skills and practical experience to serve your legal and business needs.
With more than 150 years of successful practice, we identify and anticipate obstacles to business procedures and solve problems more rapidly than less experienced firms. Our attorneys have long-established working relationships with the regulators in our jurisdictions, making us knowledgeable of the internal, informal administrative practices of government agencies, and the political forces that affect their decision making outcomes. This means more cost-effective representation for our clients.
Our goals are to:
Assist you in developing a business structure which complements the operational and financial needs of your company.
Anticipate business issues which may affect your company and guide you in efficiently resolving any problems or obstacles that arise.
Develop options to enable you to avoid or minimize potential problems.
Provide a level of client service which will ensure that you return to Carlsmith Ball LLP time and again and recommend our firm to others.
All Hawaii partners and associates are members of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
A Limited Liability Law Partnership
Specific Areas of Practice for our Honolulu office:
At Carlsmith, diversity and inclusivity are more than aspirational concepts; they are part of the firm's history and culture. In 1888, Almeda Eliza Hitchcock joined Carlsmith as Hawaii's first female lawyer, and today, Michelle Imata is one of Carlsmith's two Managing Partners. Long steeped in Hawaii's melting pot and with offices in California, and Guam, the firm is inherently diverse. The many languages we speak1 reflect our varied backgrounds and experiences and support us in our service to clients.
We are a Woman and Minority Owned Business
The firm is a Woman and Minority Owned Business Enterprise (WMBE) in the State of California.2
Carlsmith Ball believes that the diverse educational and professional backgrounds of our lawyers and staff provide value to our clients. Lawyers and staff at the firm have public and private sector work experience in all regions of the world. Our attorneys have attended law schools across the U.S. mainland such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, U.C.L.A., and University of Southern California, as well as locally at the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law. Many of our lawyers have come to us from international law firms such as O'Melveny & Myers, Davis Polk & Wardwell, White & Case, Baker & McKenzie, Coudert Brothers, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Morrison & Foerster and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Our lawyers also have experience as in-house lawyers at Fortune 500 companies, and in the public sector at local, national and international levels. For example, Carlsmith attorneys have served as General Counsel to the Asian Development Bank (based in Manila, Philippines), Assistant U.S. Attorney, Associate Counsel to the President of the United States, Vice Chairman of the Consumer Advisory Council to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Member of the Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and consultant to the United Nations. Carlsmith has also sponsored a foreign visiting lawyer program in its Honolulu office, allowing non-U.S. trained lawyers to gain substantive legal experience with the firm's domestic and international clients.
Recruiting and Professional Development
Carlsmith Ball believes that diversity and inclusivity are integral to its culture and success. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse group of lawyers and staff, and to providing a workplace environment in which all attorneys and staff feel welcome, valued, and included.
We focus on recruiting and hiring practices designed to attract and retain the best and brightest lawyers, to continue our historical diversity, and to foster a climate of inclusivity in which everyone feels comfortable pursuing his or her professional goals in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. We are committed to the development and success of our attorneys, legal assistants and professional staff.
1 French, German, Ilocano, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Romanian, Spanish, Tagalog, Croatian, Marshallese and Vietnamese.
2 To be certified as a WMBE, a business concern must establish that it (i) is a women-owned business, (ii) is a minority-owned business, or (iii) has multi-status, i.e., a business enterprise with at least 51% of both women and minority owners. A women-owned business is defined as a business concern that (i) is at least 51% owned by a woman, or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% is owned by one or more women and (ii) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women. A minority-owned business is defined as a business concern that (i) is at least 51% owned by one or more minority persons or groups, or in the case of a publicly owned business, at least 51% is owned by one or more minority groups and (ii) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of those minority individuals. Minority persons includes but is not limited to: Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and/or Asian Pacific Americans. A multi-status business is defined as a business concern that (i) is at least 51% owned by a combination of minorities and women but whose majority ownership (51%) is not vested with any one of these individuals or groups and (ii) whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of those persons.
Representative Clients: Ala Moana Shopping Center; Bank of Hawaii; The Estate of James Campbell; Kaluakoi Resort; The Myers Corporation; Nippon Shinpan U.S.A. Inc.; Outrigger Hotels; Queen Emma Foundation; Servco Pacific.
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