Practice Areas


Our deep understanding of lending practices and financial mechanisms and the regulatory environment, together with our ability to read between the lines,  allows us to get results.  We routinely assist both lenders and borrowers in a variety of individual and commercial loan and financing transactions. For every engagement, we bring our seasoned knowledge and laser-focus to arrive at sound solutions.  Representative areas of expertise include:

  • Construction Financing
  • Mezzanine and Equity Financing
  • Commercial Lending
  • Secured Transactions
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Bond Financing
  • New Market Tax Credit Financing
  • Motion Picture, Television and New Media Financing
  • Tax Incentives and Planning
  • Foreclosure and Loan Workouts

Our attorneys’ fresh approach in handling various financial matters has enabled them to:

Effectively negotiate loans, equity investment and subordination agreements among an institutional landowner, a national bank, a government agency, and a real estate developer to provide for the development of a 500-unit mixed-use residential rental project in Kapolei, Hawai‘i.

Assist a client in obtaining new market tax credit financing for a group of renewable energy solar projects and thereafter advise the client on a variety of state and federal solar tax credit matters.

Collaborate between affordable housing developers and investors and syndicators to apply low-income housing tax credits and other creative financing sources, such as HUD financing and community development block grant funds, to help finance the development of low- and moderate-income housing projects.


Every business is different and we understand and value the importance of taking the time and effort to learn about our clients’ day-to-day operations and end goals. We design and tailor solutions to meet each client’s business requirements, taking into account their short- and long-term goals, business culture and legal needs. In addition, when required our attorneys are equipped to handle a range of commercial legal disputes. Representative areas of expertise include:

  • Business Planning & Development
  • Entity Formation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships & Joint Ventures
  • Contract Documentation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Government Relations

Our attorneys’ thoughtful approach in handling various business matters has enabled them to:

Guide startup business clients to appropriately prepare formation documents which will allow them to plan for their companies’ future. We have assisted a wide range of entrepreneurs, from those seeking venture capital investment to those focused on creating a vibrant lifestyle business.

Expertly navigate a Hawai‘i corporation’s culture and needs to provide effective counsel and corporate governance advice to both parent and subsidiary companies.

Collaborate with business owners and tax professionals to restructure and reorganize a family of companies, including subsidiary corporations, limited liability companies, and joint venture partnerships, in order to focus the companies’ missions and exit strategies.

Intellectural Property

With the support of bright associates and an experienced intellectual property paralegal, our senior intellectual property partner can guide a broad spectrum of individuals and business enterprises in managing and exploiting their intellectual property portfolios. From local technology and entertainment start-ups to international media giants, our experience, insight and dedication to perfection allows us to help our clients’ dreams become reality. Our goal is always the same:  to ensure the successful deployment and protection of our client’s valuable intangible assets. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing our intellectual property clients the highest quality, most responsive and most cost-effective legal counsel possible in the following areas:

  • Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents
  • Intellectual Property Registration and Licensing
  • Confidential Information and Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Entertainment Law, including Motion Picture, Television, Digital Media and Sound Recording Production, and Music, Book and Web Site Publishing
  • Art Law
  • Internet and E-Commerce Law
  • General Business Planning and Development
  • Contract Documentation
  • Tax Matters
  • Dispute Resolution, including Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation

Our intellectual property practice includes the development and deployment of global intellectual property protection and exploitation strategies for artists, writers, photographers, television and film producers, composers, software and game developers, publishers, advertisers, broadcasters, art gallery owners, entertainers, recording artists, record labels, architects, scientists, apparel designers and merchandisers.

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