Practice Areas

  Real Estate

Successful commercial real estate transactions require both expert legal knowledge and sound business judgment in order to ensure all aspects of a deal are considered and all opportunities are developed and executed. We take a comprehensive and solution-driven approach to help our clients undertake a wide variety of real estate transactions and successfully guide them through the challenges of pursuing real estate opportunities in Hawai‘i and abroad. Representative areas of expertise include:

  • Purchase and Sale Transactions
  • Multifamily Apartment Development
  • Affordable and Low-Income Housing Development
  • Condominium and Single Family Subdivisions
  • Office, Retail and Mixed Use Development
  • Resort and Golf Course Development
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Agricultural and Farming Land Uses
  • Conservation and Preservation Lands
  • Entitlements, Easements, Water Rights and Permitting
  • Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Development
  • Commercial Real Estate Litigation

Our attorneys’ comprehensive and thoughtful approach in handling various real estate matters has enabled them to:

Successfully negotiate one of the largest public-private partnership agreements in Hawai‘i for a master-planned affordable and market-priced housing and mixed-use retail community in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawai‘i.

Collaborate and execute agreements with both institutional and individual landowners in Hawai‘i to allow control for utility-grade renewable energy projects.

Provide legal assistance for the development of low- and moderate-income affordable and public housing projects throughout Hawai‘i, California and Washington, including conducting title due diligence, assisting in the purchase and sale of real property and leasehold assets, and working together with mainland counsel to complete related tax credit financing.

     

     

    Finance

    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.

     

     

     

    Business

    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.

     

     

    Intellectual 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.