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About Carlsmith Ball LLP

The founders of Carlsmith Ball built its reputation on high quality legal work and a commitment to providing excellent client service. Over the years, the Firm has developed a reputation for deep experience and skill in a wide variety of practice areas including real estate, land development, banking, foreign investment and litigation. Carlsmith Ball has been at the forefront of legal services in the Pacific. In 1888, we were joined by the first female lawyer in Hawaii. We provided legal services to Hawaii's first condominium project, and we are the only Hawaii-based law firm with offices throughout the Pacific and on the U.S. Mainland. In particular, our lawyers licensed to practice in Guam and have the skills and necessary connections to assist businesses and investors during the military buildup. Wherever we serve clients, we take pride in the depth of knowledge and breadth of experience found among the ranks of our lawyers with local roots and top-tier firm experience.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1857 Number of Partners 36
Number of offices 6 Partner:associate ratio 2.40
Biggest office Honolulu Percentage of women attorneys 21.20
Number of attorneys 57 Percentage of minority attorneys 56.10
Number of associates 15 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.00
Area of practice

Carlsmith Ball LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Administrative Law
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Corporate & Business
  • Environmental
  • False Claims Acts
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use & Hospitality
  • Renewable Energy & Clean Technology
  • Tax
  • Estate Planning & Wealth Management
Awards and recognitions

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Carlsmith Ball among the top firms in each of the five practice areas it covers in Hawai'i. Fifteen Carlsmith attorneys were singled out for recognition.
Carlsmith Ball Los Angeles associate Mary R. Conklin was selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition 2015.
U. S. News and World Report - Best Lawyers named Carlsmith Ball a Tier 1 Law Firm in 15 practice areas.
Benchmark Litigation named Michael M. Purpura a Litigation Star and listed Carlsmith Ball as Recommended for Litigation.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranked Carlsmith Ball among the top firms in each of the five practice areas it covers in Hawai`i. Thirteen Carlsmith attorneys were singled out for recognition.
Twenty-Seven Carlsmith Ball lawyers were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.
Four Carlsmith Ball lawyers were named Lawyers of the Year (Hawaii) by Best Lawyers: Gerald A. Sumida, Energy Law, Ian L. Sandison, Environmental Law, Lawrence S. Okinaga, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Timothy J. Lui-Kwan, Administrative / Regulatory Law.
Nine Carlsmith Ball attorneys were selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2014.
Carlsmith Ball Los Angeles associate Mary R. Conklin was selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition 2014.
U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America recently released their 2014 rankings for Best Law Firms, ranking Carlsmith Ball in the first tier for law firms in Hawaii in 14 separate practice areas and in tier two for 8 practice areas. The firm's total number of tier one and two rankings is unmatched in Hawaii.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranks Carlsmith Ball among the top firms in each of the five practice areas it covers in Hawaii. Thirteen Carlsmith attorneys were singled out for recognition.
Twenty-Six Carlsmith Ball Lawyers were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013, and the firm was ranked in the first tier in 12 practice areas.
Carlsmith partner Dean Robb is named the Honolulu Admiralty & Maritime Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranks Carlsmith Ball among the top firms in each of the five practice areas it covers in Hawaii. Fourteen Carlsmith attorneys were singled out for recognition.
Twenty-Six Carlsmith Ball Lawyers were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2013, and the firm was ranked in the first tier in 12 practice areas.
Nine Carlsmith attorneys were selected for inclusion in 2012 Hawaii Super Lawyers.
Twenty-Four Carlsmith Ball lawyers were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2011. The firm was ranked in the first tier in 10 areas of practice.
Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business ranked the firm among the top bands in all five practice areas covered by the publication in Hawaii. Eleven Carlsmith attorneys were recognized.
Christian Adams was selected to Pacific Business News' 40 Under 40 for 2011. Christian is a partner in the firm's Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution section.
Eleven Carlsmith partners were selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers Hawaii 2011.
Nineteen Carlsmith Ball attorneys were listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2010. The firm was ranked in the first tier in Hawaii in six practice areas.
Partner was named the Trust & Estates Lawyer of the Year for Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America.

Diversity

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.

Summer associate program

Second year law students are paid $1,587 per week. First year law students are paid $1,487 per week.

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Carlsmith Ball LLP LOCATIONS

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Carlsmith Ball LLP Headquarters

ASB Tower,Suite 2100 ,
1001 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI
96813

808-523-2500 phone
808-523-0842 fax
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Hawaii Salaries

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Carlsmith Ball LLP Office

Suite 209, P.O. Box 1720 ,
75-1000 Henry Street
Kailua Kona, HI
96745-1720

808-329-6464 phone
808-329-9450 fax

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Carlsmith Ball LLP Office

Suite 2900 ,
515 S. Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA
90071-2225

213-955-1200 phone
213-623-0032 fax

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Carlsmith Ball LLP Office

134 West Soledad Avenue ,
Bank of Hawaii Bldg., Suite 401 , P. O. Box BF
Hagatna, GU
96910-5027

671-472-6813 phone
671-477-4375 fax

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Carlsmith Ball LLP Office

121 Waianuenue Avenue ,
P.O. Box 686
Hilo, HI
96720

808-935-6644 phone
808-935-7975 fax

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