Scott W. Settle

Managing Principal



Practice Areas

Real Estate
Commercial Law

Scott W. Settle


Scott is a skilled attorney with 30 years of experience in real estate, business and finance law.   Scott approaches project development differently than many of his professional peers.

In addition to years of practicing law in the area, Scott has hands-on experience from actually developing and operating projects while serving as general counsel, asset manager and development director for development firms that built a variety of commercial and residential projects in Honolulu, Northern and Southern California, the Puget Sound region, Boise, Idaho and Arizona.

Therefore, Scott has the unique ability to understand the development and financial risks that developers face and, as a result, has the ability to offer a solution-driven approach for his clients.  His development and business background provides a practical and insightful viewpoint in approaching complex transactions and he has a keen ability to find “outside of the box” solutions where others may see unsolvable problems.

Scott is an active member of many real estate industry associations, including the Hawai‘i Chapters of the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers and NAIOP.  He is often called upon to share his expertise and plan and moderate seminars for the real estate community.  His experiences and commitment to the local community give Scott the ability to help clients understand and successfully navigate Hawai‘i’s customs and business environment.

Areas of Focus

  • Real Estate Project Development
  • Subdivisions, Condominiums and Multifamily Apartments
  • Affordable and Low-Income Rental Housing
  • Resort and Golf Course Development
  • Office, Retail and Mixed-Use Development
  • Renewable Energy Project Development
  • Water Rights
  • Commercial Lending
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Corporate & Business Entity Formations & Governance
  • Mezzanine and Equity Financing
  • Tax Credit and Bond Financing
  • Defense Industry Contracting
  • Government Affairs
  • Business Contracts

Bar Admissions

  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • University of San Diego Law School
    Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Economies

Professional & Community Associations

  • Urban Land Institute
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society
  • Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference
  • Iolani Alumni Association
  • Hawai‘i Water Polo, Inc.
  • Windward Water Polo Club
  • Affordable Housing and Economic Development Foundation
  • Natural Healing Research Foundation
  • Hawaiian Native Corporation

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