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Coming to Terms with Electronic Discovery by Goodsill Attorneys Amy K. Thompson-Smith, Lisa A. Bail and Lennes N. Omuro

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New Hawaii Construction Defect Claims Law by Goodsill Partner Lennes Omuro

NEW CONSTRUCTION DEFECT CLAIMS LAW FOR HAWAII
By Lennes N. Omuro, Esq.

Introduction to Act 119 Relating to Construction Claims.

Developers, designers, contractors, suppliers and others involved in the construction industry are frequently the subject of claims and demands arising out of alleged construction defects. High levels of construction litigation obviously impose financial burdens on such parties and often make it difficult to obtain insurance at reasonable rates. Consumers are also affected to the extent such costs are passed on to them in the form of higher prices.

In 2004, the Hawaii Legislature found that there was a need for a method of resolving construction disputes that would reduce the need for litigation while still protecting a claimant’s rights. Accordingly, the Legislature promulgated Act 119 (22nd Legislature, 2004) which provides a new means of resolving construction defect claims with respect to residential property. Act 119 took effect on July 1, 2004 and is presently codified under Haw. Rev. Stat. chapter 672E.

In particular, Act 119 provides an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for construction defects that requires a claimant to serve a notice of claim on the responsible construction personnel and provides such construction personnel with an opportunity to resolve the dispute without litigation by way of repairs or monetary settlement. The claimant must follow the procedure set forth under Act 119, including mandatory mediation, before the claimant can commence legal action.

Whether Act 119 will reduce the amount of construction litigation remains to be seen. All persons and parties who may be involved in a construction dispute over residential property must, however, be aware of the requirements and ramifications of this new Hawaii law. Developers and contractors must modify their forms of contracts to provide statutorily required notice to purchasers and owners about Act 119. Persons or parties who want to file an action and/or developers and contractors who are served with a notice of claim and who wish to involve other subcontractors or design professionals must be aware of and follow Act 119’s procedures or risk having their actions and claims dismissed. The timing of settlement offers, whether to inspect the premises, and the possible adverse consequences of rejecting a settlement offer are all addressed by Act 119 and may influence the strategy for prosecuting or defending a claim. Act 119 may even influence when a party may want to notify its insurance carrier about a pending or threatened claim.

The remaining portion of this article provides a general summary of Act 119. It is not intended to cover every aspect or ramification of Act 119 nor is it intended to serve as or substitute for legal advice. Convenient links to Goodsill attorneys who may assist you with Act 119 or any other construction or real estate litigation issues are provided at the end of this article.

Scope of Act 119.

The first issue to consider, is whether Act 119 applies to your situation. In particular, Act 119 provides “Contractors” with the right to resolve alleged construction defects before a claimant may initiate action against them. Under Act 119, however, a “Contractor” is very broadly defined to include “any person, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or other organization that is engaged in the business of designing, manufacturing, supplying products, developing, constructing, or selling a dwelling.” (H.R.S. Section 672E-1). The Act therefore encompasses essentially all entities involved in residential development and construction. This may include not only matters related to the actual dwelling but also any common areas and improvements including structures and recreational facilities that may be appurtenant to the dwelling. (Id.) On the other hand, Act 119 does not appear to apply to construction disputes relating to purely commercial property. Likewise, Act 119 will not apply if there are claims of personal injury or death. (H.R.S. 672E-2).

Notifying Purchasers About the Contractor’s Right To Repair or Resolve Dispute Before An Action May Be Filed.

When entering into a contract for the sale of a new structure or for the construction or substantial remodeling of a premises, Act 119 requires (1) the seller of the new structure or (2) the contractor involved in the construction or substantial remodeling, to provide the purchaser or owner with notice of the contractor’s right to resolve alleged construction defects before an action may be commenced against the contractor. (H.R.S. 672E-11). Previously existing forms of sales or construction contracts for residential property will thus need to be modified to satisfy this statutory notice requirement to purchasers and owners. The notice requirements are set forth under H.R.S. Section 672E-11(b) and sample language is provided in that section. By now, all relevant forms of sales or construction contracts should comply with Act 119 requirements.

Required Notice to Contractor About a Construction Defect Claim Before Filing An Action.

As indicated above, a key feature of Act 119 is the contractor’s right to attempt to resolve the alleged construction defect before the claimant can file an action. Accordingly, when a construction defect claim arises, the claimant is required to serve the contractor with a written notice of claim no later than 90 days before filing an action against the contractor. (H.R.S. 672E-3). The term “action” is defined to include “any civil proceeding, including but not limited to arbitration, in which damages or other relief may be awarded or enforced with respect to an alleged construction defect.” (H.R.S. 672E-1). Act 119 does not, however, apply to actions that include claims for personal injury or death. (H.R.S. 672E-2).

When preparing the notice of claim of construction defect, the claimant must describe the claim in detail and include the results of any testing. (H.R.S 672E-3). Any contractor served with a written notice of claim may, in turn, serve other appropriate subcontractors with the notice of the claim. (Id.) It is therefore important for those served with a notice of claim to identify relevant parties at an early date so that such parties may also be served and brought into the Act 119 procedure.

Moreover, in what appears to be an attempt to limit the impact of such claims on insurance premiums, Act 119 specifically provides that this notice of claim shall not constitute a claim under any applicable insurance policy and will not give rise to a duty of any insurer to provide a defense unless and until the process set forth under Section 5 of the Act (concerning the acceptance or denial of settlement offers) is completed. (Id.) When to notify an insurance carrier and whether the insurance carrier must immediately pay defense costs (including investigative costs) are therefore issues that may possibly need to be considered in light of Act 119 as well as the under the terms of the insuring contract.

Responding to a Notice of Construction Defect Claim.

In general, Act 119 allows a contractor to respond to a notice of construction defect claim by denying the claim, by offering to settle by repairs, monetary payment or a combination of both, or by requested an inspection of the premises. (H.R.S. 672E-4). If the parties cannot settle the dispute, then the Act provides for mediation.

More specifically, within 30 days after service of the notice of claim, the contractor must provide a written response that either (1) offers to settle without the need to inspect the alleged defect by way of making a monetary payment, by making repairs, or both, or (2) contains a proposal to inspect the premises of the alleged construction defect. (H.R.S. 672E-4). Alternately, the contractor may serve a written rejection of the claim or, if the contractor fails to provide a timely response to the notice of claim within 30 days as indicated above, then the contractor will also be deemed to have rejected the claim. (Id.)

If the contractor submits a proposal for inspecting the premises, then the claimant is required to provide access to the premises within 30 days to allow the contractor to: (1) inspect, (2) document alleged construction defects, and (3) perform any testing required to evaluate the defect and necessary remedial work. (H.R.S. 672E-4). If the claimant is an Association of Apartment Owners, then such Associations have 45 days to provide access. (Id.) If destructive testing is required, the contractor must provide advance notice of such testing and return the premises to its pre-testing condition. (Id.) If the initial inspection or testing reveals a condition that requires additional testing, then the contractor has the ability to request additional testing by providing notice to the claimant and the claimant is required to provide additional access to the premises. (Id.) Act 119 does not, however, specify the time period by which additional access must be provided and/or whether a contractor has the ability to make repeated requests for additional testing.

Within 14 days following the inspection and testing, the contractor must serve on the claimant, in writing, either (1) an offer to fully or partially remedy the defect including a description of the construction and time table for completion, or (2) an offer to settle the claim by monetary payment or a combination of repairs and monetary payment, or (3) a statement that the contractor will not proceed to remedy the alleged defect. (H.R.S. 672E-4). Failure by the contractor to make an offer or statement as indicated above will be deemed to be a statement that the contractor will not proceed further. (Id.)

After a claimant receives a settlement offer from the contractor, which can be made either without or following an inspection as indicated above, the claimant has 30 days to accept the offer by providing a written notice of acceptance. (Section 5). Associations, however, have up to 45 days to respond. (Id.) If the claimant does not respond by serving a written notice of acceptance, then the claimant is deemed to have denied the settlement offer. (Id.)

In addition, at any time after service of the notice of the claim, any party may serve an offer of settlement. (H.R.S. 672E-6). If such an offer is not accepted within 10 days after service, the offer shall be deemed withdrawn and evidence of the offer is not admissible except to determine costs. (Id.) In particular, if a judgment or award obtained in a subsequent proceeding is not more favorable than the offer made, then the offeree is required to pay the costs incurred by the offerer after the making of the offer. (Id.) Act 119 does not, however, define, what constitutes “costs” under this section. In addition, there is an inconsistency among the various sections of Act 119 with respect to the time period for responding to settlement offers. For example, Section 5 provides the claimant with 30 days (or 45 days if the claimant is an Association) to respond to a contractor’s offer. However, Section 6, provides only 10 days within which to respond to a settlement offer. In any event, the potential adverse consequences associated with rejecting an offer may affect the way parties evaluate the timing and handling of settlement offers.

Mediation Requirement.

If the parties are unable to resolve the claims by way of accepting offers made under Sections 5 or 6, then Act 119 requires the parties to attempt to resolve their disputes through mediation, even if mediation may not be otherwise required in the contract documents. (H.R.S. 672E-7).

Statute of Limitations Exception and Additional Claims.

Finally, Act 119 does allow a party to promptly file an action against a contractor if an applicable statute of limitation or repose might otherwise bar the action if the claimant were to wait for the dispute to be resolved under Act 119. (H.R.S. 672E-8). Such an action, however, must be immediately stayed pending the contractor’s opportunity to repair or the submission of the dispute to mediation. (Id.) In addition, if additional construction defects are discovered after the initial notice of claim, then the claimant must again provide notice of the new claim to the contractor. (H.R.S. 672E-9).

This article is only a general summary of Act 119 and is not intended to cover every aspect or ramification of Act 119. Likewise, the article is not intended to serve as or substitute for legal advice. Accordingly, it is recommended that you contact an attorney if legal advise is needed concerning Act 119.

Lennes N. Omuro is a partner in the firm's Litigation Section working in construction, premises liability, insurance, professional malpractice, personal injury and other litigation areas. Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel represents developers, contractors and other parties in a wide range of construction and real estate litigation matters. Click for more information on the Real Estate and Construction Litigation subpractice area, or you may also access information on other attorneys in this practice area, Jacqueline Earle, Edmund Saffery, Thom Benedict, Corlis Chang, Donna Kalama, Lindalee Farm, and Audrey Ng.

Landowner Liability to Persons Outside the Premises: Beware of Falling Rocks by Goodsill Attorneys Lennes Omuro and Jennifer Young

Hawaii Bar Journal

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Welcomes Redell and Che

Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP today announced that Lisa T. Redell and Sieu K. Che have joined the law firm.

Lisa T. Redell, who rejoins the firm after several years with another Honolulu-based law firm, focuses her practice in the areas of real estate and general business law. In real estate Redell is experienced in land purchase and sale transactions, shopping center leases, residential real estate issues, contract issues, encroachment agreements, loan documentation and condominium development projects. She has also advised clients in organization, reorganization and other restructuring of corporate and other business entities including limited liability companies. Redell earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Also joining the firm is Sieu K. Che, a 2005 Honors graduate of William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii. A member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Che practices in the area of labor and employment law. He has assisted in the representation of employers before the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and has grown from a one-man operation to a firm of more than 70 full-time attorneys. In keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys have a depth of knowledge and expertise in all of the traditional areas of civil law such as corporate law and securities, banking, real estate, tax, trusts and estates, international matters, public utilities and all types of civil litigation, and in specialized areas such as: health care, labor and employment, aviation, maritime, media, entertainment, environmental, administrative law, and technology.

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Goodsill Partner Lisa Munger wins court case for insurance carriers

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Joyce Allen, Goodsill employee, featured with daughter, Vici, for efforts to increase autism awareness

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Cooking up community awareness

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Goodsill Partner, Patricia Lee, receives 2006 University of Hawai‘i’s Distinguished Alumni Award

UHAA SALUTES THE 2006 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENTS

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Nasky Named Partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP

Honolulu, Hawaii –Honolulu’s largest and oldest law firm, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP today announced that H. Gregory Nasky has been named a partner.

“Gregg is a tremendous addition to our firm,” said managing partner Gary Slovin. “His wide range of professional and personal experiences will greatly contribute to the firm. We look forward to his involvement in our Corporate and Securities practice area.”  Nasky comes to Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel with a diverse legal background based primarily in Nevada but extending to nationwide and international resort development projects.

Most recently, Nasky was Of Counsel to the Las Vegas firm of Kummer Kaempfer Bonner Renshaw & Ferrario.  Previously, he had served as Senior Business Partner and Managing Partner of the Las Vegas office of Vargas & Bartlett. Nasky also had served as an executive and member of the boards of directors of Showboat, Inc. (a New York Stock Exchange-listed company) and of Sydney Harbour Casino Pty Ltd (an Australian Stock Exchange-listed company). Earlier, Nasky served in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, rising to the rank of Captain and earning a number of commendations, including the bronze star.  Nasky has also served on boards for the Nevada Resort Association, the Nevada Ballet Theater, the University of Notre Dame Law Association, the University of Nevada School of Medicine, the Nevada Development Authority and Boy Scouts of America (Boulder Dam Area Council).

“I am very excited to begin this new chapter in my career and my life, in Hawaii,” Nasky said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the people at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, and look forward to a gratifying experience here.”

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and has grown from a one-man operation to a firm of more than 70 full-time attorneys. In keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys have a depth of knowledge and expertise in all of the traditional areas of civil law such as corporate law and securities, banking, real estate, tax, trusts and estates, international matters, public utilities and all types of civil litigation, and in specialized areas such as: health care, labor and employment, aviation, maritime, media, entertainment, environmental, administrative law, and technology.

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP receives high marks in 2006 Chambers’ Rankings

Honolulu, Hawaii – It was announced today that Honolulu’s largest and oldest law firm, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP has again earned distinction as one of the state’s top law firms in the “2006 Chambers USA Client’s Guide.”

This year’s recognition marks the fourth consecutive year that Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP has earned distinction from Chambers and Partners. Goodsill was ranked among the top Hawaii firms in six practice areas, while fourteen attorneys were recognized for their individual efforts.

The firm once again distinguished itself in several categories, including:

Corporate/Commercial. Goodsill’s performance in the Corporate/Commercial practice area was ranked first in Hawaii, thanks to the presence and tremendous work of David Reber and Miki Okumura.

• Land Use. With attorneys Lisa Woods Munger and Lisa Bail heading this area, Goodsill again received the highest honors in the Land Use and Environmental areas.

• Litigation. General Commercial. Goodsill was also rated as the top performer in this area as well, with Corlis Chang, Jacqueline Earle, Bruce Lamon, and John Lacy receiving individual honors in the area.

• Real Estate. Goodsill pulled top honors in this area behind the recognized efforts of Lani Ewart, Randall Steverson, Raymond Iwamoto, and Leighton Yuen.

• Employment: Mainly Defendant. Goodsill was also recognized for their exemplary work in this practice area, with Barbara Petrus and Carolyn Gugelyk earning individual notice.

“On a continual basis we strive to do our best in representing our clients by providing quality counsel and service,” said Gary Slovin, Managing Partner of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP. “But anytime the industriousness and talents of our attorneys receives notice, we are very pleased and very proud.”

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and has grown from a one-man operation to a firm of more than 70 full-time attorneys. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys have a depth of knowledge and expertise in all of the traditional areas of civil law such as corporate law and securities, banking, real estate, tax, trusts and estates, international matters, public utilities and all types of civil litigation, and in specialized areas such as: health care, labor and employment, aviation, maritime, media, entertainment, environmental, administrative law, and technology. For more information on the law firm, visit its website at www.goodsill.com.

Goodsill Partner William Quinn - A different Republican than Islanders were used to

by Jerry Burris, Advertiser Columnist, Honolulu Advertiser

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Named Partner William Quinn - 1919-2006 ‘He lived a very full life’

by Treena Shapiro, Advertiser Staff Writer, Honolulu Advertiser

William F. Quinn, former governor of the Territory and State of Hawaii, passed away on August 28, 2006.

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William F. Quinn, 1919-2006, political pioneer

by Richard Borreca, Honolulu Star-Bulletin

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Goodsill Partner, William F. Quinn Public Servant and Agent of Change, dies at 87

Honolulu, Hawai‘i – William F. Quinn, former governor of the Territory and State of Hawaii, longtime Honolulu businessman, and attorney and partner of one of Hawaii’s oldest law firms, which bears his name – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel – died on August 28, 2006. “Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Quinn family," said Martin Anderson, Partner, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel. “Bill was a gifted attorney esteemed for his abilities to lead and inspire by example. Bill’s contributions to Hawai‘i and her people are truly immeasurable.” “He was a friend and mentor to many of us,” added Gary Slovin, Managing Partner, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel. “His dedication to public service will forever be remembered as an example of work that is purposeful and genuine. He has impressed the values of hard work and integrity upon many generations, both locally and nationally.” Born on July 31, 1919 in Rochester, New York, Quinn attended St. Louis University and went on to pursue his law degree from Harvard University. While at Harvard, Quinn was called to duty and served in the United States Navy during World War II. He completed his law degree and permanently moved to Hawai‘i in 1947 with his wife, Nancy, to work at the law firm of Robertson, Castle and Anthony. He was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1948. In 1957, United States President Dwight Eisenhower appointed Quinn to the office of Governor of the Territory of Hawai‘i. He served in this role for two years, until being elected by the people of Hawai‘i in 1959, the year Hawai‘i became a state. Quinn is regarded as one of the state’s original founders, as he served on the Honolulu Charter Commission between 1955 and 1956, and later from 1971 to 1972. With his visionary style and influential leadership he made tremendous advancements on both local and national political scenes. As governor, Quinn established land use laws, handled a sugar workers’ strike in 1958 and directed the state's recovery after a 1960 tsunami. Quinn joined the law firm as a partner in 1972. During his tenure at present day Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, his practice areas included civil and administrative litigation of all types. After retiring from Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel in 1991, Quinn spent his days enjoying his favorite pastime, and his love of music. He also served as chairman of the board of the Honolulu Symphony. The community at large continued to benefit from his guidance and commitment, as he served as chairman of the board of the East West Center as well as numerous city and state commissions. Quinn is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Cecily Quinn Affleck and Mary Kaiulani Quinn; and five sons, William, Jr., Timothy, Christopher, Gregory and Stephen; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Gary Slovin announced that in recognition of Bill’s contribution to the State of Hawaii, its community, the partners of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel will be making a contribution to the Star of the Sea Church. Services will be held on September 1 at 10:00 a.m. at Star of the Sea Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Star of the Sea Church. Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and has grown from a one-man operation to a firm of more than 70 full-time attorneys. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys have a depth of knowledge and expertise in all of the traditional areas of civil law such as corporate law and securities, banking, real estate, tax, trusts and estates, international matters, public utilities and all types of civil litigation, and in specialized areas such as: health care, labor and employment, aviation, maritime, media, entertainment, environmental, administrative law, and technology.

New Decision on Hawaii’s Arrest & Court Record Discrimination Law: What Does it mean for Employers?

by Carolyn Gugelyk, Pacific Business News/HSBA Special Supplement

On August 30, 2006, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued its very first decision on Hawaii’s law which prohibits employment discrimination based on arrest and court record, in a case against Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. (No. 27190). In this case, the employee was hired by the Company as a sales clerk four years after he was convicted for a drug offense. No background check was conducted at the time of hiring. Over a year later, the employee applied for a position as a department supervisor. At that time, the Company conducted a background investigation, found out about the employee’s conviction, and terminated his employment because of the conviction. The employee sued.

Hawaii law prohibits employment discrimination based on arrest and court record. However, there is an exception in the law which allows employers to consider convictions in the last ten years that bear a “rational relationship to the duties and responsibilities of the position.”

After appealing dismissal of his case against Home Depot to the Hawaii Supreme Court, the employee argued that (1) the Company should have conducted a background check only when he was hired, not over a year later; (2) the Company should not have fired him for a conviction that occurred before he was hired; and (3) he was rehabilitated and no “rational relationship” existed between his drug conviction six years earlier and his job duties.

On the first argument, the Court found for the Company. It held that employers are allowed to consider the conviction records of both applicants and current employees. Thus, even if an employer did not conduct a background check when an employee is hired, it can do so later when it is deciding whether to promote the employee to a different position. Note that for applicants, an employer must wait until after a conditional job offer has been made to make any inquiry into conviction record.

On the second argument, the Court also found for the Company. It held that an employer can consider both convictions that happened during the employee’s employment and convictions that happed before the employee was hired, if the conviction is within the last ten years excluding periods of incarceration.

On the third argument regarding whether a “rational relationship” existed, the Court explained that “the plain and obvious meaning of the phrase is found in the words themselves, i.e…..the relationship between the conviction and employment must be rational.” However, the Court did not provide any specific examples or extensive guidance on the meaning of phrase. The Court also did not make a final decision on whether Home Depot was justified in firing the employee. Since the parties made their arguments solely on the basis of the allegations of the Complaint without additional evidence, the case was sent back to the trial court, for both the employer and the employee to present additional evidence and arguments on whether or not a “rational relationship” existed.

In conclusion, employers need to continue to carefully apply the “rational relationship” test and to balance providing a safe workplace with providing rehabilitation and employment opportunities for people seeking to turn their lives around.

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP welcomes Lum, Sam, and Weaver

HONOLULU, Hawaii –Honolulu law firm Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP today announced that Ronald H.W. Lum Jr., Rosemarie S. Sam, and Seth K. Weaver have joined the firm.

Lum rejoins Goodsill after a 19-month federal clerkship with U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry M. Kurren. Lum earned his bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where he was Co-Editor in Chief of the school’s Law Review. He concentrates his practice in Real Estate Development and Finance.

Sam, also a graduate of the Richardson School of Law, comes to the firm after clerking for the Honorable Colleen K. Hirai at the First Circuit Court of Hawaii, and focuses her practice in the area of Trusts and Estates. Sam completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington, where she double-majored in Business and International Studies. While studying law at the University of Hawaii, Sam was a member of the Moot Court Board, a representative on the Student Bar Association, and a member and editor of the school’s Law Review.

Weaver joins the firm after a clerkship with Judge Steven S. Alm at the First Judicial Circuit Court for the State of Hawaii for the past year, prior to which he clerked at the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Office, and the Office of the Attorney General of American Samoa. He also spent a year as a Litigation Support Analyst and Writer for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Weaver, who focuses his practice on Litigation, received his undergraduate degree from Muhlenberg College and earned his Juris Doctor from George Mason University.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys have a depth of knowledge and expertise in all of the traditional areas of civil law such as corporate law and securities, banking, real estate, tax, trusts and estates, international matters, public utilities and all types of civil litigation, and in specialized areas such as: health care, labor and employment, aviation, maritime, media, entertainment, environmental, administrative law, and technology. For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

Schmidt Joins Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

 
HONOLULU, Hawaii –Honolulu law firm Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP today announced that Damon Schmidt has joined the firm as an associate.

 

Goodsill Partner Alan Fujimoto featured in Seven Hills Magazine

Balancing Hawaii State Law and Japanese Customs
Translated by Alan Fujimoto

Seven Hills Magazine

The law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel is a long-standing law firm in Hawaii that was established in 1878, and it provides legal services not only to businesses but to individual investors. Attorney Alan S. Fujimoto, who has assisted various Japanese companies in their transactions, discussed some points of interest with us.

The law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel has a history of over 125 years and has provided legal services not only to Hawaii businesses but to the finest mainland companies as well. In the 1960’s Japanese companies and individual investors first started arriving in Hawaii as they established businesses and started to buy vacation homes in Hawaii. These investors started to establish businesses primarily in the Waikiki area. Legal assistance was needed in negotiating contracts, setting up corporations and resolving disputes.

Mr. Fujimoto says “In Japan, the traditional thinking has been that you talk to an attorney when a problem occurs. In the United States, the general practice is to involve an attorney from the time you begin discussing a contract.” Contracts are important in the consummation of a transaction in the United States. In the case of a commercial transaction, from the time you negotiate a contract until the transaction is consummated, you may need several documents extending to hundreds of pages.

In the 1990s there was a large outflow from Hawaii of Japanese capital, but in recent years investment from Japan into Hawaii is on the rise again. It is expected that this trend will continue in the near term. Particularly in the real estate area, Mr. Fujimoto is currently receiving as many as 4 to 5 inquiries per month. He says, “For individuals wishing to acquire residential real property in Hawaii, such transactions are mostly handled by real estate brokers alone, so we are generally not involved in such negotiations. But we do get involved when the investor wishes to consider estate planning or other issues as part of the investment process.”

In Hawaii, there are occasions when Native Hawaiian issues can come into play. If there may be an ancient Native Hawaiian grave site within commercial property one has acquired, there are laws that apply to such situations. Hawaii’s economy depends largely on a lively tourism industry, so residents of Hawaii are keenly aware of the importance of preserving the natural environment of Hawaii and such issues can come to the forefront.

Mr. Alan S. Fujimoto is a third generation Japanese-American, but he grew up in Yokohama, Japan. In the negotiation of complicated contracts involving international transactions, his understanding of Japanese customs as a U.S. attorney becomes most precious. “In real estate transactions, we often come across Japanese who want to record on a lucky day under the Japanese calendar,” says Mr. Fujimoto who displays an appreciation of the peculiarities of the Japanese.

Hawaii is familiar to the Japanese. Even then, it is a foreign land. Mr. Alan S. Fujimoto of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, who is well-experienced in various legal fields such as residential real estate, commercial real estate, general business and U.S. visa applications, is a strong ally for Japanese investors who are looking to venture into Hawaii.

Profile: Alan S. Fujimoto
              Partner
              Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

               Born in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from an American high school in Yokohama, Japan, attended the University of Hawaii (English major). In 1975 joined the Hawaii Visitors Bureau. Left the Bureau after becoming Deputy Director of the Research Department. Attended law school at the University of California – Davis. Graduated in 1984 and passed the Hawaii bar. After joining the law firm of Kashiwa Kashiwa & Kato, the firm merged with Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, where he continues to practice. He was a board member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association for seven years.

Photos Above (click on Japanese version link above to view): Ali’i Place, the building in which the law firm has its offices in downtown Honolulu, is surrounded by greenery.

Photo Below (click on Japanese version link above to view): : The office has a very traditional construction with heavy use of dark teak wood. The French consulate is located within the offices. The library encompasses two floors and contains innumerable legal treatises and books. They also have a training room where attorneys and staff are trained on new computer software much like a school.

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Baldemor, Clark and Morita Become Partners at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP Honolulu, Hawaii

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP today announced that Randy Baldemor, Sean Clark and Scott Morita have been made partners in the firm.

Baldemor practices in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis on admiralty law. He represents and advises major shipping and cruise lines, stevedores, commercial tour boat operators, domestic insurers, London and foreign underwriters and P&I clubs. In addition to his admiralty practice, he has experience in aviation law, disability insurance, and ERISA matters. Baldemor graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 1999, at which time he also received an interdisciplinary graduate certificate from the Global Trade, Transportation and Logistics Studies Program at the University of Washington.

Clark concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law and securities. He assists and counsels companies in merger, acquisition and reorganization transactions, and assists both publicly and privately held corporations with stock offerings and other securities-related transactions and reporting. He also advises businesses regarding tax and intellectual property matters. Clark is a 1999 graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. He is also a board member of the GIFT Foundation of Hawaii, a non-profit organization that supports charitable groups in Hawaii.

Morita focuses his practice in the area of real property and business transactions. He represents landlords and tenants in ground and space lease negotiations, and purchasers and sellers in real estate transactions. He also represents buyers and sellers in stock and asset purchase and sale transactions. Morita graduated from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law in 1998, and is admitted to practice in Hawaii and California.

“We are pleased to name Randy, Sean and Scott as partners to the firm,” said Gary Slovin, managing partner at Goodsill. “They each have high levels of experience in a variety of practice areas which will greatly benefit the firm and our clients.”

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and has grown from a one-man operation to a firm of more than 70 full-time attorneys. In keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys have a depth of knowledge and expertise in all of the traditional areas of civil law such as corporate law and securities, banking, real estate, tax, trusts and estates, international matters, public utilities and all types of civil litigation, and in specialized areas such as: health care, labor and employment, aviation, admiralty, media, entertainment, environmental, administrative law, and technology.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

Pablo Named Partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP

One of Honolulu’s largest and oldest law firms, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP today announced that veteran government relations specialist Christopher Pablo has been named a partner. Pablo will work in the firm’s Government Relations practice area, effective June 25th.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome to our firm someone of Chris’ tremendous stature and outstanding community reputation,” said Goodsill managing partner Gary Slovin, who also leads the firm’s Government Relations Group. “Chris possesses a keen understanding of how business and government leaders can most effectively work together to develop sound public policy. We know our clients will benefit immensely from Chris’ vast knowledge and expertise,” Slovin added.

Pablo comes to Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel with an extensive legal and government affairs background.

For the past fifteen years, Pablo was Director of Government & Community Affairs for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., where he was responsible for the development of health policy. He directed the Region’s government relations activities with the State legislative and executive branches, as well as Hawaii’s congressional delegation, and he was responsible for the Region’s community benefit and community relations functions. Through the years, Pablo has been able to secure a number of health policy initiatives and legislation.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Pablo served as Director of Government Relations for Hawaii Medical Services Association. Earlier, Pablo was a Special Assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, where he served as Senator Inouye’s representative to the business, labor, government and community constituency groups. Prior to his work with Senator Inouye, Pablo was in private law practice with Hawaii’s former Governor John Waihee.

Pablo is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Hawaii Pacific. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Hawaii Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and is the immediate past Chair of the Health Issues Committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. He is also active in a variety of community and business organizations.

“I am elated to be joining the prestigious, dynamic firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel,” Pablo said. “It is my privilege to work with such a highly diverse, broad range of top attorneys from all sectors in a firm with such a rich history and a bright future,” Pablo added.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at www.goodsill.com.

GAQS Partner John Lacy Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Lacy Joins a Prestigious List of Only 25 Other Hawaii Attorneys So Honored

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel partner John R. Lacy has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Lacy is one of only 26 trial attorneys from Hawaii who are Fellows of this highly prestigious association, which is dedicated to improving and elevating the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession.

“We are elated to have John’s knowledge and expertise recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers,” said managing partner Gary Slovin. “In his 34 years with the firm John has amassed a very distinguished record as an advocate, with a dedication to promoting the highest standards in trial practice. This tremendous honor underscores John’s abilities and rightfully places him among the top trial attorneys in the nation,” Slovin added.

More than 800 people attended the induction ceremony, which took place during a recent meeting of the College in La Quinta, California.

Founded in 1950, the College is comprised of the best trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only to experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers are marked by the highest ethical and moral standards. Membership cannot exceed 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.

“It is truly an honor to become a Fellow of this distinguished College,” Lacy said. “Our entire litigation group at Goodsill is dedicated to reaching and exceeding the highest standards in trial practice and the legal profession. It is very gratifying to be recognized by your peers,” Lacy added.

Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years’ trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. The College calls upon qualified lawyers from all branches of trial practice; thus allowing the College to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the administration of justice. Currently, there are approximately 5,610 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.

During his career with the Goodsill firm, Lacy has handled numerous trials in both Federal and State Courts, representing high-profile clients in commercial and non-commercial litigation. Lacy is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and he was previously honored by the American Inn of Court with the John S. Edmunds Award for Vigorous Advocacy. He is an alumnus of the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with highly qualified staff and cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at www.goodsill.com.

GAQS Receives Top Law Firm Award from VLSH

VLSH Recognizes Dedicated Volunteers

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Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (VLSH) held a special Kahiau luncheon today at the Plaza Club to recognize individuals and law firms that made a significant contribution of their time to various programs in 2006. The Hawaiian word “Kahiau” was chosen to signify the spirit of selfless giving without an expectation of return demonstrated by the volunteers. The keynote speaker at the luncheon was Mark Recktenwald, recently appointed Chief Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Dale Lee, Chief Operating Officer of the William S. Richardson School of Law and Vice President of the VLSH Board of Directors, was also present and acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event. VLSH Executive Director Moya Gray said, “The support of our Board and the tremendous contribution of our volunteers allow us to continue providing legal assistance to the many who depend on us. This luncheon is just a small way to say “thank you” to everyone for their help and support.”

Among those recognized today were the late Judge John Lim, for his pioneering spirit as one of the founders of VLSH, and Ellen Politano and Sue Miller, winners of the Spirit of Kahiau Award. Both Politano and Miller cited the enormous personal gratification they derived from their volunteer work as part of the reason they keep volunteering. The relationships they build with those they help are also very enriching, they said. Other awards conferred included the Top Law Firm Award, which went to Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, and the Top Pro Bono Firm Coordinator Award, given to Christopher Yeh of Marr Hipp Jones & Wang, LLP. Golden State Foods received Outstanding Corporate Sponsor, while many individuals received awards for their hours of service to those in dire need of legal assistance.

With over 25 years of service in Hawai`i, VLSH has hundreds of volunteers active in a variety of programs, from neighborhood legal and tax clinics to training and assistance programs for non-profits, the homeless and children. With a continuing mission to provide free or low-cost legal help to low-income residents and the non-profit organizations serving them, VLSH is always in need of new volunteers. Lawyers, law students, and others looking to contribute their services in this way are encouraged to visit VLSH on the web at www.vlsh.org or call Maria Dotterer at 522-0676.

 

 

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NOTE:  GAQS attorney, Joachim Cox, also received an individual award for 200+ hours for pro bono service.

Goodsill Partners Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007

Antitrust Law
Lisa Woods Munger

Banking Law
Lani L. Ewart

Commercial Litigation
Bruce L. Lamon

Corporate Law
David J. Reber

Employee Benefits Law
Lant A. Johnson

Energy Law
Thomas W. Williams Jr.

Environmental Law
Lisa Woods Munger

Immigration Law
KahBo Dye-Chiew
Peter T. Kashiwa

Labor and Employment Law
Barbara Petrus

Maritime Law
John R. Lacy

Personal Injury Litigation
John R. Lacy

Public Finance Law
David J. Reber

Real Estate Law
Raymond Iwamoto
Vincent A. Piekarski
Randall K. Steverson                      
Leighton J.H.S. Yuen

Trust and Estates
Judy Y. Lee
Patricia Y. Lee
Raymond K. Okada

 
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Chambers and Partners highlight Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP in 2007 Chambers’ Rankings

Honolulu, Hawaii - For the fifth year in a row, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP has earned distinction from Chambers and Partners in the “2007 Chambers USA Client’s Guide.” Goodsill was ranked among the top Hawaii firms in three practice areas, Litigation: General Commercial, Corporate/Commercial, and Real Estate.

Chambers cites that the firm distinguishes itself by training and fielding “attorneys of a consistently quality” and boasts market leaders in land use, real estate financing and development. It also found that the firm’s ability to undertake complex and time-consuming work, coupled with expertise on the Hawaii market, has earned it a strong reputation for both corporate and tax work. Clients say “these lawyers are extremely knowledgeable in their respective fields, not to mention tireless and relentless in pursuit of their clients’ interests.” Highly capable attorneys at all levels means that Goodsill is able to handle the full range of litigation matters.

This year’s recognition marks the fourth consecutive year that Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP has earned distinction from Chambers and Partners. Goodsill was ranked among the top Hawaii firms in six practice areas, while fourteen attorneys were recognized for their individual efforts.

The following attorneys were individual recognized for excellent in their respective practice areas:

Lisa Bail, Real Estate. Referred to as “bright and tenacious”, Bail has an expanding practice and is carving a niche in water rights.

Corlis Chang, Litigation: General Commercial. Chang earns plaudits for “her brilliant legal mind and terrific business sense,” but she also has excellent client relationship skills.

Jacqueline Earle, Litigation: General Commercial. Known as “the best in the state for healthcare law”, she is respected for her “high ethics and competent, prompt service.”

Lani Ewart, Real Estate. Her clients single out her excellent business sense as a particular strength. Sources also rate her “thorough and accurate work” and reported that her reasonable demeanor makes her very enjoyable to work with.

Carolyn Gugelyk, Labor & Employment. She impresses with her “fabulous demeanor and work ethic.” Her employment-focused practice includes disability, national origin discrimination and breach of contract work.

Bruce Lamon, Litigation: General Commercial. Lamon is the co-chair of the litigation department and has a strong reputation for being a consistently capable performer.

John Lacy, Litigation: General Commercial. Lacy has long been known as a leading maritime attorney. Clients say, “he knows how to handle cases in a cost-effective and efficient manner, and he gets results."

Lisa Munger, Real Estate. Munger is highly respected for her work on environmental land use and her excellent reputation attracts high-profile work to the firm.

Miki Okumura, Corporate/Commercial. She is best known for her tax controversy work, although she also takes on work in the areas of tax planning. Contemporaries view her as “a bright lawyer who is easy to work with.”

Barbara Petrus, Labor & Employment. She is renowned for her strength as an employment litigator due to her skillful handling of juries. She has also raised her profile for labor law by securing the role of lead negotiator for one of the hotels in its workers’ contract negotiations.

David Reber, Corporate/Commercial. Reber is said to be “the foremost corporate and securities lawyer in Hawaii.” Clients appreciate “his excellent grasp of the legal issues and his ability to work well with all types of people.”

Edmund Saffery, Litigation: General Commercial. Saffery is developing a niche insurance and retail practice and is known for his high level of expertise in this complex area. He receives the highest commendation from clients for his ability to provide “excellent work to tight deadlines.”

Randy Steverson, Real Estate. Steverson handles a substantial amount of leasing and development work for many of the larger resorts. He is recommended for his innovative and “can do” approach.

Leighton Yuen, Real Estate. Yuen is one of the firms’ leading attorneys for resort-based development.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm. For more information on the law firm, visit its website at www.goodsill.com.

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Lucky Charm: Partner Chris Pablo shares his experiences as a cancer survivor

by Mike Gordon, Advertiser Staff Writer, Honolulu Advertiser

Chris Pablo is to be honored as this year's Patti Schuler Recognition Award in recognition of his efforts help cancer patients.

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP welcomes Huffman, Shardlow, Tanaka, Kelsey, Goldberg, and Dayhuff

GOODSILL ANDERSON QUINN & STIFEL LLP WELCOMES HUFFMAN, SHARDLOW, TANAKA, KELSEY, GOLDBERG, AND DAYHUFF

HONOLULU, Hawaii –Honolulu law firm Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP today announced that Alicia G. Huffman, Jonathan E. Shardlow, William K. Tanaka, Nicolas T. Kelsey, Claire E. Goldberg, and Rebecca L. Dayhuff have joined the firm.

Huffman earned her bachelors of arts degree with honors from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and earned her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude from the Pepperdine University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, she was a litigation associate at Shearman & Sterling LLP based in San Francisco, California. She concentrates her practice in Litigation.

Shardlow completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He went on to earn an LL.M. in environmental and natural resources law at the Lewis and Clark Law School, then worked as an associate at Downey Brand LLP located in Sacramento, California, where he gained environmental litigation experience. He joins Goodsill’s Environmental Law Group.

Tanaka comes to the firm after clerking for the Honorable Randall Lee at the First Circuit Court of Hawaii, and practices in the area of Litigation. Tanaka earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Asian American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law. While in law school, Tanaka held judicial externships with the Honorable Helen Gillmor, at the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, and the Honorable Eden E. Hifo, at the First Circuit Court of Hawaii.

Kelsey is a University of California, Hastings College of the Law graduate and focuses his practice in Labor & Employment. His experience includes a judicial externship with Chambers of Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and clerkships with Filice Brown Eassa & McLeod in Oakland, California and the Office of the District Attorney in Santa Cruz, California.

Goldberg graduated cum laude from New York University and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Contributing Editor to the Michigan Journal of International Law and an Executive Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. She joins the firm’s Litigation Group.

Dayhuff completed her undergraduate studies at Butler University with highest honors in international management, and studied abroad at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and Nankai University in Tianjin, PRC. She earned a combined Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business and University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, with focus on Pacific Asian Legal Studies. She joins the firm’s Real Estate Group.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at www.goodsill.com.

Goodsill Attorney Liann Ebesugawa selected as Pacific Century Fellow

Tenth Pacific Century Fellows Class Selected

(Honolulu, Hawaii, December 18, 2007) – The Pacific Century Fellows (PCF) Program is pleased to announce the selection of its tenth class of Fellows, comprised of 32 men and women, including five from the neighbor islands. The PCF program identifies, encourages and helps to develop and strengthen island leaders.

Modeled after the White House Fellows Program and founded by Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the Fellows are chosen on the basis of a written application and personal interview conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of judges. The committee considers educational background; current career responsibilities, noting any special achievements as well as the comments of superiors; involvement in community activities; communication skills; and strength of character in evaluating the candidates. Individuals who are chosen have shown strong intellectual and leadership abilities in the early and mid-stages of their careers, and who have the potential to make significant contributions to the community in the future.

The Pacific Century Fellows Program will provide participants with direct contact with senior community, social, and government leaders. A goal of the program is to nurture relationships among individuals who are committed to exploring creative and constructive solutions to far-reaching challenges facing the state and nation.

Mayor Hannemann, former White House Fellow, said, “With our tenth class of Fellows participating in this unique executive leadership training program, we continue to build a cadre of bright, talented and energetic professionals who will make creative contributions to the betterment of our State in the years to come. Many of our previous Fellows already have gone on to make a positive impact in our community, and this class will be no different! This year’s class comes from every county in the State and definitely represents a broad cross-section of our community.”

Those selected this year include:

Alan Akina, 38, Founder, President & CEO, 101 Financial Group
Jill Murakami Baldemor, 34, Executive Director, Teach for America
Jennifer Imogene Barrett, 33, School/Community Education Program Coordinator, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (UOH)
Della Au Belatti, 33, State Representative, Hawaii State Legislature; Associate Attorney, Law Office of Eric A. Seitz
Elizabeth Puanani Cambra, 35, Corporate Director of Revenue Optimization, Outrigger Enterprises Group
Heather Mullins Crislip, 34, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor, The University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Gregory Scott Dickhens, 37, Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor, Kyo-ya Company, LLC
Liann Yaemi Ebesugawa, 34, Associate Attorney, Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel, LLP
Jason Robert Fujimoto, 26, Director of Corporate Development, HPM Building Supply (Hawaii)
Justin V. Gruenstein, 32, Executive Assistant for Government Relations, County of Maui – Office of the Mayor (Maui)
Jan Malia Harada, 33, Executive Director, Palama Settlement
Amy Melinda Hennessey, 34, Vice President, Public Affairs, McNeil Wilson Communications, Inc.
Sandra Kim, 25, Deputy Public Defender, State Office of the Public Defender
Christopher S. Leonard, 37, Partner/General Manager, New West Broadcasting Corporation (Hawaii)
Darin Robinson Leong, 30, Associate Attorney, Marr Hipp Jones & Wang, LLLP; Self -Employed Musician
Nicole “Nikki” Nani Ishihara Love, 29, Director of Operations,Community Links Hawaii
F. James “Jim” Lyon, 42, President, Lyon Associates, Inc.
Avi Mannis, 32, Senior Director, Transformation, Hawaiian Airlines
Terri Ann Motosue, 36, Partner, Carlsmith Ball LLP
Karen Tooko Nakasone, 37, Deputy Public Defender, State Office of the Public Defender
Liane M.K. Nomura-Siu, 33, Corporate Counsel, The Queen’s Health Systems
William “Billy” C.A. Pieper II, 29, Manager-Hawaii Branch, Beneficial Financial Group
Paul Andrew Pollock, 41, Chief Engineer/Capital Improvements Director, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii
Jerome “Jerry” A. Pupillo, 39, President & General Manager, Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
Sean Talbot Rostron, 30, Business Banking Officer, Bank of Hawaii
Kevin T. Sakamoto, 37, Senior Vice President/Regional Manager, Bank of Hawaii
Timothy Kyle Schools, 37, President, American Savings Bank
Jennifer Lauren Stites, 25, Green Development Manager, Dowling Company, Inc. (Maui)
Dominick Joseph Strada, 38, Commander’s Action Group & Speechwriter to Commander, Headquarters, United States Pacific Command
Jennifer Lee Thompson, 40, Director of Client Services, Bates/Lee Advertising
Michael H. Tresler, 39, Vice President, Land Management & Renewable Energy, Grove Farm Company, Inc. (Kauai)
David Travis Washburn, 37, Director, Economic Advancement, YWCA of Oahu

The program will begin with a two-day retreat on January 11-12, 2008, featuring a series of seminars and discussions. Following the retreat, participants will help plan their agenda and schedule for the upcoming year and take part in at least one day-long program each month to investigate critical issues facing Hawaii in such areas as crime, education, environment, quality of life, the military, and the economy.

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Building a Legacy: David Reber, Goodsill Partner

by Jennifer M. Young, Goodsill Attorney, Hawaii Bar Journal

Over the past nine years, David Reber has tirelessly championed the needs and mission of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (“Legal Aid”), a non-profit law corporation established in 1950, to serve the low to moderate-income community. Under Reber’s leadership, Legal Aid made tremendous strides in structuring, launching and cultivating programs and campaigns designed to increase pro bono opportunities available to attorneys, improve the judicial system and increase access to legal assistance for Hawaii’s indigent population, with an emphasis on programs focused on children.

Reber was raised in California and attended Occidental College and Harvard Law School. Following graduation, he taught at the University of Iowa Law School, followed by law firm at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton, a civil firm in Southern California. In 1975, following the birth of his first child, Emily, Reber and his wife, Jacqueline, relocated to Hawaii, where he began as a litigator, but went on to establish a successful practice in the area of corporate and securities law at Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifel, which he continues to this day.

Reber became involved with Legal Aid in 1998, when he was asked by then-Executive Director, Victor Geminiani, to serve on the Board of Directors. Reber accepted, then continued to become the President of the Board for a six-year tenure, beginning in 2001. Prior to joining Legal Aid, he was involved with other non-profit organizations, such as Enterprise Honolulu, a non-profit organization intended to foster economic development in Honolulu, which he still serves as a member of the Board.

One of David’s primary objectives during his tenure as Legal Aid President was to encourage increased attorney involvement in pro bono activities. To that end, he supported Legal Aid’s development of its Partnership in Pro Bono Project, maximizing participation of volunteer attorneys by structuring a “user friendly” program. Under this Project, Legal Aid provides adequate and expedited training of volunteer lawyers, carefully reviews cases to select the ones most suitable for them, makes available continuous support for the volunteers, and has committed to permit a return of the case to Legal Aid if the workload becomes unmanageable for the attorney or if other unforeseen developments arise.

Another matter of great importance to Reber was the expansion of Legal Aid’s Guardian Ad Litem program. Reber recognized that court-appointed Guardians Ad Litem had excessively high caseloads which limited their ability to work their cases, including spending adequate time with the children they represented. He inspired many attorneys to devote their time to pro bono cases, starting right at home at his firm, where at the launch of the Partnership in Pro Bono campaign, eleven Goodsill attorneys were trained to serve as volunteer Guardians Ad Litem, including Reber’s daughter, Emily Reber Porter. In 2006, volunteer attorney participation resulted in the other completion of 150 cases. Participation in the project continues to grow.

During his tenure, Legal Aid, led by Executive Director Chuck Greenfield, Reber and the Board, tenaciously advocated to modify federal regulations that prevented Legal Aid from providing legal services to Micronesians, attacking the problem on various fronts. Largely as a result of their efforts, the regulation was modified, and the Micronesian community -- a significant segment of Hawaii’s population -- now has access to legal services provided by Legal Aid and other federally funded nonprofit legal organizations.

Internally, Reber worked to strengthen Legal Aid’s Board of Directors, increasing the Board's participation and oversight of the organization as a whole. Utilizing valuable legal skills gained from his corporate practice, Reber redrafted the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, built a strong Board committee system and provided valuable assistance in the transition of Executive Directors in 2006. Moreover, Reber was active in driving Legal Aid’s Capital Campaign to a conclusion in 2005, which provided the funding for the acquisition of Legal Aid’s permanent headquarters on Bethel Street. Reber did not stop there, but has been active in working with Co-Chairs David Fairbanks, Susan Li, Greenfield, and several law firms to develop Legal Aid’s Private Bar Campaign, to execute a coordinated plan to approach the private bar and obtain a higher level of funding for Legal Aid on an ongoing basis.

Despite his demanding private practice, Reber estimates that he devotes a considerable amount of time every year -- “at least a couple hundred hours” -- to Legal Aid matters -- well above the goal of 50 hours of pro bono service set forth in the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct. Instead, he points out those members of the bar who are truly worthy of praise are those, including several attorneys in his firm, who provide pro bono services directly to low income individuals and families.

When asked how he manages to balance his commitments to the firm, his clients, and his Legal Aid responsibilities with his personal life, Reber admits that he does not have a perfect balance, but states “you do what you feel you need to do,” and credits his family and particularly his wife for the tremendous support he receives. He acknowledges the Goodsill firm for being understanding and supportive of the considerable amount of time he devotes to Legal Aid, its support of pro bono amongst its attorneys generally, and its generous financial support of Legal Aid. Among the activities Reber enjoys in the limited amount of free time he does have, is playing third base for the Goodsill softball team in the lawyers’ league, a position he has played for over 30 years, along with an occasional tennis match or round of golf. Despite the long hours and demands which draw him from other commitments and his personal life, Reber enjoys the service he does for Legal Aid. He describes the work as rewarding, giving him a “sense of personal satisfaction” and a “sense of fulfilling a social and professional responsibility to the community,” which he explains “compensates for a lot.” He enjoys the people with whom he works at Legal Aid, describing them as a “wonderful, dedicated, idealistic group of people with a lot of energy who do important work for low pay.”

Despite his significant efforts and noteworthy strides made for Legal Aid Society and the underprivileged community as a whole, he humbly views his contributions as “nothing extraordinary,” but rather, a “small way of carrying out the responsibilities” required of an attorney. He is first to say that the successes achieved during his tenure were not his, but those of the attorneys, paralegals and others at Legal Aid who work for low pay to provide quality legal services to those most in need in our community.

Although his six-year term as President of Legal Aid drew to a close at the end of June this year, Reber continues as an active member of the Legal Aid Board of Directors and as a member of the Access to Justice Hui, which is committed to achieving the ten steps set forth in its community wide action plan for increasing access to justice by 2010. Through this service, Reber continues to champion the vision he set in motion nine years ago, and the community will surely continue to reap the benefits of his generous commitment for years to come.

Copyright 2007 Hawaii State Bar Association. With permission, portions are reprinted from the December 2007 issue, Volume 11, Number 12, of the Hawaii Bar Journal.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP Names Fricke and Iwao to Partnership

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP is pleased to announce that Robert K. Fricke and Regan M. Iwao have been made partners in the firm.

Fricke practices in the area of civil and criminal litigation. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury lawsuits, defends class action lawsuits and breach of contract, and represents defendants in state and federal criminal proceedings, with an emphasis on white collar defense. Additionally, he has represented lessees in litigation of lease to fee condemnation cases and has extensive experience in commercial and residential summary possession cases. Fricke graduated from the Hofstra University School of Law with distinction in 1990 and is an honor graduate of the Judge Advocate General’s School of the Army. Prior to joining the firm, Fricke served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty years of service.

Iwao concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation, representing plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts, arbitrations and mediations, administrative matters and appeals. He has successfully handled cases involving personal injury, real estate, construction, commercial litigation, and a variety of other types of litigation, such as product liability and trust and estate disputes. Iwao is a 2000 graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law with cum laude honors. He received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with magna cum laude honors, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma engineering honorary societies. A strong advocate for pro bono work, Iwao is a Volunteer Attorney for the Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii.

“Bob and Regan truly embody the qualities our clients value in an attorney,” said Gary Slovin, managing partner at Goodsill. “They each provide high levels of experience in litigation while providing a high level of customer service our clients appreciate at Goodsill.”

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

Hawaii’s Environmental Impact Statement Law: Procedure and Practice

GAQS attorneys Lisa Bail, Lisa Munger, and Jonathan Shardlow explain the procedures required by Hawaii's Environmental Impact Statement Law.

Reprinted with permission from the Hawaii Bar Journal, Copyright © 2008 Hawaii State Bar Association, 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 906, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel selected as one of Hawaii’s Best Places to Work.

Hawaii Business Magazine

2008 Best Places to Work in Hawaii

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel selected as one of Hawaii's Best Places to Work.

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Standing on Board the Superferry: Sierra Club v. Hawaii Department of Transportation by GAQS Partner Lisa Bail

Standing on Board the Superferry: Sierra Club v. Hawaii Department of Transportation by GAQS Partner Lisa Bail
by Lisa Bail, Esq., American Bar Association Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 2 May 2008

Introduction

In Sierra Club v. State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, 167 P.3d 292 (Haw. 2007), the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled not only that Sierra Club and other plaintiffs had standing to pursue their claims under the Hawaii Environmental Policy Act, Chapter 343 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (Hawaii EIS Law), but also invalidated an exemption determination made by the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) for improvements necessary to accommodate Hawaii Superferry at Kahului Harbor. The decision, which received international media coverage, is notable for significantly expanding the category of persons who have standing to pursue claims under the Hawaii EIS Law.

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Commended for Community Service

Historic Hawai’i Foundation has awarded its annual President's Commendation to the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel for “outstanding community service.

” At the foundation's annual meeting on May 22, Goodsill was recognized for its service to Historic Hawai'i Foundation, including significant pro bono services. “Historic Hawai'i Foundation's current strength and bright future are a testament to Goodsill's legal expertise and community spirit,” said HHF President Katie MacNeil. Gary Slovin, managing partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, said the firm was honored to be recognized for its community contribution. “Historic Hawai'i Foundation's work is critical to ensuring the health and vitality of our island community,” said Slovin. “It's a true honor for us to represent the foundation, and to help it continue its important work.”

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Goodsill Attorney Rebecca Dayhuff on Work-life Balance

New lawyers seek jobs with work-life balance

Rebecca Dayhuff talks about her experience as a first-year attorney at Goodsill Anderson. To read the article: click here

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Building a Stronger Community: Employers and Employees Can Make A Difference by Goodsill Attorneys Barbara Petrus and Shannon Sagum

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 60 million Americans volunteer each year. Clearly, today’s workforce is more concerned with community service and social responsibility than previous generations, and for good reason. In addition to the positive impact on the community and society, the benefits of volunteer work to companies and individuals are vast.

Companies, both large and small, that promote and make corporate volunteering a priority are benefiting from increased employee retention and morale, enhanced recruitment, increased business opportunities, higher productivity and an improved public image. Employers should keep in mind that community involvement can extend beyond board memberships and corporate sponsorships. Employer-supported volunteering can take many forms, including establishing an employee volunteer program, giving employees time off to do volunteer work, encouraging employees to participate in charity events, and giving recognition to those employees that volunteer.

In addition, corporate volunteering can take the form of pro bono work, which is the donation of professional services that are included in an employee’s job description and for which the recipient would otherwise have to pay. Pro bono work is most commonly associated with the legal profession due to the number of law firms that encourage community involvement by providing billable hour credit to its attorneys who do pro bono work. However, pro bono work is by no means limited to the legal profession and can be applied to almost any service provider. For example, there are management consulting firms that provide business planning, marketing and fundraising services to local nonprofits. Similarly, doctors, through organizations such as Aloha Medical Mission, provide medical services to individuals with no medical insurance.

At the same time, employees that are active in the community find that volunteering offers many benefits, including the ability to make important networking contacts, the ability to learn or develop new skills, increased self-esteem and self-confidence, an enhanced resume, and personal gratification. In addition, a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that volunteering leads to improved physical and mental health, particularly in older adults and those serving at least 100 hours per year.

Because many people feel they have no time to volunteer and/or have no idea how to go about doing it, the following are some tips for successful volunteering. First, think about what causes/issues are important and meaningful to you and research what organizations deal with those issues. Helping a cause that is important to you will make it easier to donate your time and will allow you to meet others that share similar interests. The internet is a great resource for obtaining information on local organizations and volunteer opportunities. The following websites may be a good starting point: www.volunteerhawaii.org and www.volunteer.org.

Second, be selective and choose only one or two organizations that you may want to volunteer with and contact them to inquire about what opportunities are available.  Third, consider the skills you have to offer and/or things you like to do and seek tasks within your chosen organization(s) that suit those skills/interests. Of course, if you are not sure what work you might like or dislike or if you want to develop new skills, volunteering will provide an excellent opportunity to explore different areas. Fourth, start small and be realistic in the amount of time you can commit to volunteering. Over-committing yourself will lead to frustration and exhaustion and will decrease your interest in volunteering. Volunteering only 1-2 hours per week or working on small, discrete projects is still important and makes a difference.

Fifth, look into virtual volunteer opportunities, which provide increased flexibility to volunteers. Many organizations now provide computer-based volunteer opportunities, such as event planning, letter writing, research, and database creation. Sixth, volunteer with your family or friends. Doing so can bring friends and families closer together and will likely keep you excited about volunteering. Finally, don’t give up on volunteering even if you’ve had a bad experience. Not all organizations are the same and you may have a better experience with another organization.

Published in the Honolulu Advertiser, June 24, 2008 SHRM Hawaii Special Insert.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP Hires Sagum, Mickelsen, Kobayashi and Sheehy

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP is pleased to announce that Shannon Sagum, Jessica Mickelsen, Go Kobayashi, and Brian Sheehy have joined the firm as associates. The attorneys will join various practice areas for the firm, which serves all aspects of civil law for domestic and international clients.

Sagum joins the firm’s Labor and Employment group, which serves the needs of employers of all sizes, from individual entrepreneurs to multinational corporations. She is experienced in the investigation of discrimination and harassment claims, dealing with governmental regulatory agencies, and all aspects of litigation. Sagum is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, and received her Bachelor of Arts in business and public administration, with an emphasis in finance, at the University of Puget Sound. She practiced with a San Francisco-based litigation firm prior to returning home to Hawaii and joining the Goodsill firm.

Mickelsen joins the firm’s litigation group and focuses her practice in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on antitrust law, corporate law, intellectual property law, and white collar crime. She is a cum laude graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, with a joint major in political science and communication studies. She served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David A. Ezra, on the United States District Court, District of Hawai‘i, where she also assisted with published and unpublished opinions on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mickelsen also worked at an intellectual property law firm in Washington, D.C.

Kobayashi focuses his practice in the areas of corporate, real estate and immigration law. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and received his Bachelor of Arts in archaeology at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. He served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Charles Jones at the Louisiana Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Kobayashi was raised in Tokyo, Japan and he speaks, writes and reads Japanese fluently.

Sheehy joins the firm’s litigation group, and focuses his practice on business disputes, construction, personal injury and medical malpractice. A cum laude graduate of the Whittier Law School, he holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan Prior to law school, Sheehy worked as a dimensional management engineer for Boeing, Integrated Defense Systems where he worked on the Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft program and the Air Force Delta IV rocket program. After law school he worked at Boeing as a patent attorney/engineer, while also working part-time at a small law firm in Long Beach, California. Sheehy brings a wealth of experience to the firm.

"We are delighted to welcome Shannon, Jessica ,Go and Brian to Goodsill. Each has a strong and diverse background that will add value to the services offered by the Goodsill firm,” said Gary Slovin, Goodsill’s managing partner. Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys.

Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, providing personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm. For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

The Risks and Rewards of Mandatory Wellness Programs by Goodsill attorney Nicolas Kelsey

With no end in sight to the precipitous rise in health care costs, businesses are looking for new ways to reduce the price of employee health insurance. Increasingly, companies are considering mandatory wellness programs as a strategy to combat these costs, according to a recent report by law firm Littler Mendelson. Wellness programs typically offer a set of health benefits centered around preventative care, such as health risk assessments, exercise programs, or assistance in quitting smoking.

Wellness programs aim to improve employee health, reduce insurance costs, and reduce loss-in-productivity costs from employee time away from work. Experts estimate that such programs save employers between $1.50 and $3 for every dollar spent.

While voluntary wellness programs have been around for years, more and more companies are considering making programs mandatory. As the label implies, mandatory programs go beyond offering optional benefits. They provide for discipline of employees who refuse to participate. The strictest programs may even punish employees for failing to reach health specifications, such as failing to reach a particular weight, or continuing to smoke.

Employers’ past reluctance to implement mandatory programs has stemmed from the fact that mandatory plans implicate a variety of employment laws. These include limitations on disclosure of medical information and prohibitions on disability and other discrimination. They also include unique state and local laws. For instance, in the handful of states that prohibit employment discrimination based on off-duty conduct (Hawaii is not one of them), a plan forbidding off-duty smoking would likely be unlawful.

One possible wellness tool that federal law will soon limit is genetic testing. On November 21, 2009, the employment provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) will take effect. Under GINA, employers may not require employees to undergo genetic testing. Wellness programs will represent one of the limited circumstances in which GINA allows employers to request genetic information. To do so, the employer must obtain written authorization from the employee. Additionally, access to individually identifiable information must be limited to the employee and the health care professional involved in the testing.

GINA demonstrates that lawmakers are beginning to recognize the necessity of wellness programs, but it also demonstrates that complying with the laws in this area is difficult. The number and complexity of the laws involved means that employers must be careful in disciplining an employee based on a wellness program. In general, requiring employees to meet specific health criteria is more risky than merely requiring participation. Also, a program should offer alternatives to employees who are unable to comply because of traits that are beyond their control. If the program involves the handling of medical information, the employer should consider hiring a third party to handle this information and keep it screened from the employer. Employers must be careful, but they should not be discouraged. Mandatory wellness programs require a significant investment which must take into account legal costs. This investment is likely to pay off, however, in the form of lower insurance premiums and healthier, more productive employees.

Published in the Honolulu Advertiser, July 8, 2008 SHRM Hawaii Special Insert.

Simply the “Best?” A Comparison of Lawyer Ratings Systems by Goodsill Attorney Jennifer Young

Goodsill attorney Jennifer Young shares her findings on the various lawyer rating systems.

Copyright 2008 Hawaii State Bar Association. With permission, portions are reprinted from the June 2008 issue, Volume 12, Number 6, of the Hawaii Bar Journal

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP Promotes Fleckles, Tsang and Welcomes Manning

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, A Limited Liability Law Partnership LLP is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Fleckles to Chief Information Officer, Ellen Tsang to Director of Information Technology, and welcomes Kim Manning as Director of Information Lifecycle Management.

Fleckles joined the Goodsill team in 1999 as a Systems Engineer/Administrator and served as the firm’s Technology Director for four years prior to being tapped to become the firm’s first Chief Information Officer. In his new role as CIO, Eric oversees all of the firm’s Technology, Information Lifecycle Management and Knowledge Management initiatives, leading a team of highly capable directors in each of those areas. By providing leadership and direction to these formerly separate domains, Fleckles is able to put processes in place to make all forms of information more accessible and useful within the firm and to ensure that information is effectively and securely managed throughout the firm. Fleckles is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in Computer Science, is currently enrolled in the Master of Science Information Systems program at HPU, and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Tsang has been with the firm for over ten years and has been promoted to the role of Director of Information Technology, after serving as Assistant Director of Information Technology for the past four years. She manages a staff of five talented technology professionals who provide support and training for the entire firm. Tsang received her Master of Science degree in Information Systems (with distinction) from Hawaii Pacific University, is currently enrolled in HPU’s MBA program, and is working on her Systems Engineering certification from Microsoft. Some of her accomplishments include: project oversight of the macro package development and rollout; design and implementation of the data protection strategy; and project lead on the firm-wide rollout of the Interwoven document management system.

Manning joined the firm earlier this year as the Director of Information Lifecycle Management. In this role, she manages all aspects of client information in all forms (electronic and hard copy) from conflict check and case inception to final disposition, employing a variety of software applications and database technologies to deliver reliable and efficient management of client materials. Manning served as Systems Manager for a mainland firm for fourteen years, then spent nine years as Senior Applications Engineer for a leading systems integrator, specializing in technology solutions for the legal market, including installation of content management suites, desktop and full system design, and database analysis and design. She has lectured and written articles on a variety of legal and technology subjects

Goodsill has one of the largest, most comprehensive in-house Information Technology departments of any law firm in Hawaii, which keeps the Firm’s tech savvy and well equipped attorneys up and running.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 full-time attorneys. Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, providing innovative, solutions-oriented legal and general business counsel with cutting-edge resources.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

Preserving Hawaii through Pro Bono Work by Goodsill Attorney Dawn T. Sugihara

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, one of Hawaii’s oldest and largest law firms, is committed to its community. Goodsill demonstrated that commitment earlier this year when it saved a state charity from the threat of extinction.

Historic Hawaii Foundation, a non-profit corporation, is Hawaii’s leading advocate for the preservation of buildings, objects, communities and sites significant to the history of Hawaii. In 2004, a former officer and director of the charity filed suit against Historic Hawaii, alleging that Historic Hawaii had breached an alleged tripartite contract with his company and the National Park Service to relocate and rebuild a Maui residence of aviator Charles Lindbergh. The former director demanded specific performance of the alleged contract and damages which exceeded the net worth of the charity. Historic Hawaii denied that it had entered into a contract and counterclaimed against the director, alleging breach of fiduciary duty.

Very quickly, the cost of defending the lawsuit alone overwhelmed Historic Hawaii’s limited funds. In response, Goodsill entered into creative fee arrangements while it tried to dispose of the lawsuit through summary judgment. When the federal court refused to grant summary judgment and it became clear that the case would go to trial, Historic Hawaii faced a Hobson’s choice – continue fighting the lawsuit (until its funds were completely depleted) or dissolve. Rather than lose a noble charity that touches many in Hawaii, Goodsill agreed to continue defending Historic Hawaii, even if that meant it would not recover its fees.

In February 2008, the case went to trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Historic Hawaii was defended by a team of DRI members. Thomas Benedict led the trial team, which included Dawn Sugihara and LindaLee Farm. Jacqueline Earle and Alicia Huffman provided invaluable assistance to the trial team during the trial. After nearly three weeks of trial, the case was given to the jury.

The jury’s verdict ended the threat to Historic Hawaii. Following the verdict, judgment was entered in favor of Historic Hawaii Foundation on the claims by the former director and in favor of the director on the counterclaims, and the parties resolved the case out of court.

At Historic Hawaii’s Annual Meeting following the verdict, Goodsill was awarded Historic Hawaii’s President’s Commendation. In presenting the award, Historic Hawaii’s President Katie MacNeil noted that “Historic Hawaii Foundation’s current strength and bright future are a testament to Goodsill’s legal expertise and community spirit.”

Goodsill contributed over a half million dollars in fees to defend Historic Hawaii, so that Hawaii would not be deprived of its voice in the cause to save the buildings, places and sites that make our state unique.

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New Federal Rule of Evidence Aims to Reduce Unnecessary Discovery Costs in Your Business Litigation

One of the causes of increased litigation costs in the recent past has been the proliferation of electronic mail and other electronically stored information which is responsive to document requests filed in commercial lawsuits. President Bush is expected to sign recently-passed legislation which will help reduce unnecessary legal costs associated with concerns arising out of the unintended disclosure of an attorney-client and/or work-product privilege document. Before the advent of the new rule (Federal Rule of Evidence 502), a significant concern facing litigants was the inadvertent disclosure of privileged documents which might act as a waiver of privilege protection for all documents on the same subject matter.

One recent study suggests that the volume of electronic data is doubling every 18 to 24 months, to the point of unmanageability in the view of 40% of executives polled. Not surprisingly, the expense of responding to document requests is the single greatest concern about document discovery. Since large numbers of pages of electronic documents are usually within the scope of document requests, there is always a possibility of an inadvertent disclosure. Furthermore, lawyers will usually err on the side of being conservative in determining whether a privilege applies to a document because of the potential for waiver of the privilege. This often leads to costly battles over which documents are entitled to protection. The new legislation passed by Congress attempts to address these issues.

First, the rule makes it clear that an inadvertent disclosure is not considered a waiver of the privilege if the disclosure was inadvertent and reasonable steps were taken to prevent the disclosure and/or to quickly rectify the disclosure.

Second, if a waiver of the privilege occurs on a document, that waiver does not extend to all documents in the same general broad subject matter.

Third, the rule provides that if a federal court enters an order finding that an inadvertent disclosure of privileged information does not constitute a waiver, that order will be enforceable against persons in federal and state proceedings, and can be relied upon in any subsequent proceedings.

It can be anticipated that courts will be receptive to parties seeking protection in order to protect privileges that may apply in the document production. Moreover, Rule 502 should reduce the current tendency to assert a blanket privilege for documents in order to avoid an inadvertent waiver of the privilege. Rule 502 does not affect the substantive issues of attorney-client privilege and/or work-product doctrine. Our commercial litigation practice group is available to answer any questions regarding Rule 502 and/or any other questions related to commercial litigation in Hawaii. Please contact John R. Lacy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Lisa Munger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Bruce Lamon at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or LindaLee (Cissy) Farm at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


 

Benchmark Litigation Names Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel and Attorneys as Litigation Stars

Benchmark Litigation recently named Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel as one of only three highly recommended litigation firms in Hawaii. Corlis Chang, John Lacy, Bruce Lamon, Lisa Munger, Claire Goldberg, and Thomas Benedict are also recognized in this article for their exemplary litigation work. To view the full article, please click the "Litigation Stars" link to the right.

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Eric Fleckles, ALA Quest Award, First Runner-Up

Eric Fleckles, Chief Information Officer at Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel LLP, has been selected as First Runner-Up out of 900 candidates for the 2009 Quest Award of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA). A member of the ALA Hawaii Chapter since 2007, Eric is an active participant in ALA national and local events, and with local bar and technology associations. He was a speaker at the ALA Region 5 Educational Conference and Exhibition in Hawaii in 2008, co-presenting a session titled, “The 101 Series: Essential Operations Management Competencies,” which covered information technology in a law firm. Eric was also a speaker at the Hawaii State Bar Association’s annual conference in 2008, presenting on information technology in the legal environment. Always willing to share his technological expertise with fellow ALA members and the legal community at large, Eric is often praised by others for his patience, professionalism, wealth of knowledge, and his Aloha spirit. ALA recognizes Eric's conviction, dedication and pursuit of personal and professional excellence by selecting him as First Runner-Up for the ALA Quest Award.

Dawn Sugihara Named Partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP

HONOLULU, Hawaii –Honolulu law firm Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP today announced the promotion of Dawn T. Sugihara from associate to partner in the firm’s litigation group, effective January 1, 2009. Sugihara has handled product liability, premises liability, medical malpractice claims and business disputes, including disputes involving tax exempt organizations. She also has an interest in electronic discovery and has worked with clients on document retention and management.

Sugihara joined the firm in 2001, after receiving her juris doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute and is active in its Trial Tactics and Techniques Section.

Sugihara has done extensive pro bono work for the Historic Hawaii Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of Hawaii Mothers’ Milk, Inc., a private non-profit, Aloha United Way agency that helps Hawaii's mothers.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dawn as a partner of the firm,” said Gary Slovin, managing partner at Goodsill. “Dawn brings extensive litigation experience and the highest personal values. We know she will be a great asset as a partner of the firm and our clients will continue to benefit from her knowledge and expertise.”

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at www.goodsill.com.

Goodsill Partner David J. Reber Named “Hawaii Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year”

HONOLULU, HI – Best Lawyers, one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications concerning the legal profession, has named David J. Reber as the “Hawaii Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year” for 2009.

Reber joined Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP in 1975 and has been a partner of the firm since 1976. He heads the firm’s Corporate and Securities and Mergers and Acquisitions practice groups. His practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities regulation, and corporate organization and governance. Reber represents buyers and sellers of businesses in stock, asset and merger transactions. He has represented publicly-traded Hawaii corporations in meeting their corporate and securities needs, such as SEC filing, reporting and disclosure requirements, proxy solicitations, financings and restructuring. He organizes for-profit and non-profit corporations and advises these entities in all phases of corporate governance.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. These specialties are Banking Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate Law, Family Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Real Estate Law and only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 15th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2009), is based on more than 2.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

“This is a great honor for David Reber,” said Gary Slovin, Goodsill’s managing partner, “both for his personal accomplishments and as recognition of the quality of the Corporate / Securities and Mergers / Acquisitions practice groups David has built. We are extremely proud.”

Steven Naifeh, managing editor of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We congratulate David J. Reber on being selected as the ‘Hawaii Best Lawyers Corporate Lawyer of the Year’ for 2009.”

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 attorneys. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, providing exceptional service with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

Debra Marple Joins Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP as COO

For More Information Contact: For Immediate Release:
Joanna Markle
(808) 547-5827

DEBRA MARPLE JOINS GOODSILL ANDERSON
QUINN & STIFEL LLP AS COO

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP today announced the appointment of Debra B. Marple to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Marple brings more than twenty-two years of law firm administration experience to the firm. Most recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer for Sommer Barnard Attorneys, PC based in Indianapolis, Indiana where she was responsible for all day-to-day non-legal functions including strategic planning and facilities management. Prior to Sommer Barnard Attorneys, PC, she served as Director of Accounting Operations for Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC, and as Controller for Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, both based in Washington, D.C.
Marple will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s daily operations and providing vision and leadership to the firm’s Management Team. Her strong business background and extensive experience in law firm management make her an ideal addition to the Goodsill firm.
“We are pleased to have a COO of Debi’s caliber and experience join our leadership team,” said Gary Slovin, Goodsill’s Managing Partner, “She brings a dynamic and strong work ethic that fits well with our firm’s culture.”
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.
For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

Martin S. Loui Joins Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel’s IP Practice

PRESS RELEASE

For More Information Contact: For Immediate Release:
Joanna Markle May 19, 2009
(808) 547-5827

MARTIN S. LOUI JOINS GOODSILL ANDERSON
QUINN & STIFEL’S IP PRACTICE

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP today announced that Martin S. Loui has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, where he will focus on the strategic development of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret portfolios for the protection and monetization of technology assets for both private and publicly-traded businesses. His practice will also include the management of these intellectual property portfolios and the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Mr. Loui will provide these services to clients with business needs in Hawaii, as well as to those who seek to expand their business plans domestically and internationally.
Mr. Loui brings extensive experience in the field of intellectual property, gained through his industry and legal experiences. After working as an engineer for IBM, he entered government service where he served as a patent examiner and trademark examining attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He later entered private practice as an intellectual property attorney helping clients build and monetize their patent, trademark and other intellectual property assets while at Coudert Brother LLP in Washington DC, and Fenwick & West LLP in Silicon Valley. During his tenure as corporate intellectual property counsel for ASM Lithography, Mr. Loui managed intellectual property matters domestically and internationally across corporate functions.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Mr. Loui is a graduate of McKinley High School. He received his JD from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington DC. His pre-law education includes a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a MS in Electrical Engineering.
“Martin’s arrival significantly strengthens and broadens our firm’s growing IP practice,” said Gary Slovin, Goodsill’s Managing Partner, who also indicated that, “Martin’s high level of experience, knowledge and background will bring a tremendous benefit to our clients and much needed IP expertise to the islands.”
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.
For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Achieves Numerous Top Rankings in 2009 Chambers USA Guide to Leading Lawyers

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP today announced that it has earned a total of five firm rankings and 17 individual rankings in the 2009 “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” issued by Chambers and Partners, the publisher of worldwide guides to the legal profession. Chambers identifies the country’s best lawyers and law firms through extensive research and interviews with lawyers and their clients.
For the sixth consecutive year Goodsill was ranked as Hawaii’s top firm (ranked 1) in several categories:
• Corporate/Commercial. Goodsill was ranked number one in this practice area, led by David J. Reber.
• Litigation: General Commercial. With John R. Lacy leading this practice group, Goodsill was again rated number one.
• Real Estate. Providing a full range of legal services and creative solutions for its clients, the Real Estate group was recognized as Hawaii’s best.
Additionally, Goodsill was ranked second for its work in the Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Labor & Employment categories.
Seventeen of Goodsill’s attorneys were included in the individual rankings in seven practice areas:
• David J. Reber was ranked first in the Corporate/Commercial practice area.
• Barbara A. Petrus earned the top ranking in the practice area of Labor & Employment and Carolyn K. Gugelyk was ranked second.
• In the category of Litigation: General Commercial, Corlis J. Chang and John R. Lacy earned top honors, with Bruce L. Lamon and Jacqueline L.S. Earle ranked second, and Edmund K. Saffery placing third.
• In the practice area of Real Estate, Lani L. Ewart, Leighton J.H.S. Yuen and Randall K. Steverson each received the highest marks and a number one ranking, with Gail O. Ayabe earning a number two rating.
• Lisa Woods Munger was rated first in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use division, while Gary M. Slovin and Lisa A. Bail were ranked second.
• In the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Walter C. Davison was ranked second.
• Miki Okumura was ranked second in the Corporate/Commercial: Tax category.
“We are proud that Chambers has once again recognized our firm and our individual attorneys as some of Hawaii’s leading lawyers,” said Gary Slovin, Goodsill’s managing partner. “Our entire team continues to serve our clients with the highest levels of quality service, counsel and integrity.”
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.
For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

Goodsill Attorney Liann Ebesugawa selected for Class of 2009 “Forty Under 40” Program

Attorney Liann Ebesugawa has been selected for Pacific Business News' Class of 2009 “Forty Under 40” Program. Candidates are judged based on community service, client and business recommendations, and proof of substantial business growth in Hawaii. Recipients of this prestigious honor exemplify a combination of excellence in their business careers and a passion for community service. They must be recognized industry leaders who show a high degree of business acumen and a consistent "take charge" attitude, as well as savvy business-like approaches to efficiency and change.  Liann specializes in business transactions and employment law at Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifel LLP. She is also involved in various community and professional activities, including local political campaigns, Aloha United Way, and the Japanese American Citizens League of Hawaii. The "Forty Under 40" award is a recognition of Liann's reputation in the legal industry and her continued commitment to the community. On June 25th, 2009, Liann joined 39 other top young business professionals at a ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center, where they received their award from Governor Linda Lingle.

Sean K. Clark Rejoins Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP

Honolulu, Hawaii – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, a Limited Liability Law Partnership LLP today announced that its former partner Sean K. Clark has rejoined the firm and will continue his practice in the areas of corporate law, securities and mergers and acquisitions.

Within Goodsill’s corporate and securities practice group, Mr. Clark will continue assisting clients in raising capital, acquiring and selling businesses, managing corporate governance issues and complying with state and federal securities laws.

“We are pleased to have Sean back on the Goodsill team,” said Gary Slovin, managing partner at Goodsill. “He understands our corporate clients and their needs, allowing him to provide the highest levels of counsel and service.”

Prior to rejoining Goodsill, Clark served as associate general counsel for Hoku Scientific, Inc. and as general counsel for Malulani Investments, Ltd. Born and raised on Oahu, Clark is a graduate of Punahou School. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law (cum laude), where he served as co-articles editor of the University of Hawaii Law Review. He is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and serves as a board member of the GIFT Foundation of Hawaii.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 attorneys. Always keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personal, boutique-quality legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.

For more information on the law firm, visit its website at http://www.goodsill.com.

GAQS Intellectual Property Counsel Martin S. Loui, Speaker for Hawaii State Bar Association 2009 Convention - Securing Intellectual Property Rights: What all Lawyers Need to Know

Seminar Highlights - Basic Issues Arising During the Clearance of Intellectual Property Rights

Goodsill counsel Martin S. Loui was one of the panelist of intellectual property lawyers speaking at the Hawaii State Bar Association 2009 Convention, during the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Section breakout session. Highlights of the presentation included the following topics:

  • Copyright Clearance Overview
  • Licensing Alternatives (including Creative Commons options)
  • Patent Searches and Opinions (including patentability, non-infringement, invalidity, state-of-the-art, and design-around)
  • Trademark Clearance - Infringement, Dilution and Protectability
  • Right of Publicity

GAQS Intellectual Property counsel Martin S. Loui, and associate Brian P. Sheehy Present an Informational Briefing on ” Patent Nuts & Bolts”

Seminar Highlights - Join Goodsill for an Informational Briefing on "Patent Basics " and for lunch.

Goodsill counsel Martin S. Loui and associate Brian P. Sheehy discuss core items to be anticipated when beginning the patent process, as well as, preliminary milestones within the patent process.

Overview of topics:

  • What makes something patentable?
  • What is patent infringement?
  • How long does patent protection last?
  • It takes HOW long to get a patent? Can we accelerate the process?
  • Prior art - what is that?
  • Is there an international patent?

GAQS Intellectual Property counsel Martin S. Loui, and associate Brian P. Sheehy Present an Informational Briefing on “Trademark Nuts & Bolts”

Seminar Highlights - Join Goodsill for an Informational Briefing on the "Fundamentals of Trademark Law" and lunch.

Goodsill counsel Martin S. Loui and associate Brian P. Sheehy discuss strategies relating to the development and enforcement of trademark portfolios.

Overview of topics:

  • What is a branding strategy? And, why should I care about it?
  • Is the mark available? Can I use it?
  • Do I need a federal or state registration for my mark? Both? None? A trade name? A domain name?
  • As a trademark owner, what are some of my responsibilities?
  • What happens if I'm accused of trademark infringement?

Separation of Church and Office?

Goodsill Labor and Employment attorney Carolyn K. Wong explores "reasonable accommodations" by employers when an employee's religious beliefs conflict with the job.

To read the entire article, click the link under "Related Files."

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Announces New Attorneys

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – March 1, 2010)– Four new associate attorneys have joined Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, bringing increased diversity of interests and experience to the law firm.

Brian D. Ancheta practices corporate and real estate law, with an emphasis on commercial transactions and business organizations. He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he also earned a Wharton School Certificate in Business and Public Policy. Ancheta earned his B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.S. from Northwestern University. Prior to joining Goodsill, Ancheta practiced with Latham & Watkins LLP in New York City. He also had an externship with the Honorable Simeon R. Acoba, Jr. of the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Julie R. Smolinski concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate law and corporate governance, public and private securities transactions and regulation, and mergers and acquisitions. Smolinski is a graduate of Wellesley College and earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School. She previously practiced at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Palo Alto, CA, and has worked at the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State in Washington, D.C.

Darsie J.T. Ing concentrates her practice in the area of litigation. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the UCLA School of Law, Ing served on the Entertainment Law Review staff. During law school, Ing volunteered at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and participated in an externship with the Honolulu Department of Corporation Counsel. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Ing interned with Judge Frank J. Ochoa of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, and worked at the Hawaii State Judiciary in the Volunteers in Public Service to the Courts Program.

Christina Zahara Noh concentrates her practice in the areas of governmental relations and civil litigation. Noh earned her J.D. from the University of Washington Law School and her B.A. from Tufts University. Noh’s experience includes work at the Hawaii State Energy Office and Stoel Rives LLP in Seattle, WA, where she worked on energy transmission and other issues. Noh received a J. William Fulbright Fellowship in the English Teaching Assistant Program in the Republic of Korea.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and employs more than 70 attorneys. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources that can only be found at a large firm.

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Goodsill Partner Lisa Bail Named Member of Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2010

TWELFTH PACIFIC CENTURY FELLOWS CLASS SELECTED
(Honolulu, Hawaii, March 17, 2010) – The Pacific Century Fellows program is pleased to announce the selection of its twelfth class of Fellows, comprised of 31 men and women, including four from the neighbor islands. The program identifies, encourages and helps to develop and strengthen island leaders.

Modeled after the White House Fellows Program and founded in 1996 by Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the Pacific Century Fellows are chosen on the basis of written applications and personal interviews conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of judges. In evaluating the candidates, the committee considers educational background; current career responsibilities, noting any special achievements as well as the comments of superiors; involvement in community activities; communication skills; and strength of character. Chosen individuals have shown strong intellectual and leadership abilities in the early and mid-stages of their careers, and demonstrated potential to make significant contributions to the community in the future.

The Pacific Century Fellows program will provide participants with direct contact with senior community, social, and government leaders. A goal of the program is to nurture relationships among individuals who are committed to exploring creative and constructive solutions to far-reaching challenges facing the state and nation.

Mayor Hannemann, a former White House Fellow (1983-84) who worked for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush in the Reagan administration, said, “With our twelfth class of Fellows participating in this unique executive leadership training program, we continue to build a cadre of bright, talented and energetic professionals who will make creative contributions to the betterment of Hawaii in the years to come. Many of our previous Fellows already have gone on to make a positive impact in our community, and this class will be no different. This year’s class represents a broad cross-section of our community. They come from all parts of the state, with different backgrounds and professions—all committed to making Hawaii a better place for generations to come.”

Those selected include:

Benjamin Ancheta Jr. (37) , Chief Operating Officer, ProService Hawai`i
Lisa Ann Bail (41), Partner, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP
Dawn Barsana (33), Associate Project & Design Manager, CH2M Hill
John Cheever (39), Teacher, Punahou School
Taryn Dean (33), Clinical Director – Crisis Services, CARE Hawai`i
John Dill (34), (Hawai`i) Project Manager, Rider Levett Bucknall
Rona Fukumoto (40), Director of Intake, Catholic Charities of Hawai`i
Frances Gendrano (33), Principal Broker, KFG Properties, Inc
Kimberly Horan (35), Human Resources Consultant, ALTRES
Jessica Horiuchi (35), Executive Director, Alaka`ina Foundation
Daniel Kim (40), Senior Vice President & Ala Moana Regional Manager, Bank of Hawai`i
Kamani Kuala`au (30), Vice President-Institutional Client Services, Bank of Hawai`i
Bryan Li (31), Vice President-Hawai`i Regional Manager, Cirrus Asset Management
Jen-L Wong Lyman (38), Vice President-Trust, First Hawaiian Bank
Keith Marrack (38) (Hawai`i), Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Yvette Maskrey (43), District Manager, Honeywell International
Michael Morales (38), Executive Director-Center of Excellence, Hawaiian Telcom
Mary Moriarty (34), Vice President-Regional Manager, Trinity Property Consultants LLC
Marla Musick (42), Communications Director, Hawai`i Arts Alliance
Bryan Nakamoto (38), Partner, Spectrum Wealth Management
Nathan Nelson (36), Associate Attorney, Carlsmith Ball LLP
Matthew Ramsey (32) (Maui), Natural Area Reserve Specialist IV, State Dept. of Land & Natural Resources
Chad Sakumoto (28), Project Manager/Chief Investment Officer, J. Kadowaki, Inc.
Daniel Sandomire (39), Vice President/Development Manager, Armstrong Development
Suzanne Schulberg (33), Chief Operating Officer, 15 Craigside
Michael Takayama (32), Real Estate Department Manager, Kyo-ya Management Group
David Tumilowicz (39), Publisher, Hawaii Business Magazine aio group/PacificBasin Communications
Ryan Tam (36), Systems Planning Manager-Rapid Transit, C&C of Honolulu, Transportation Services
Stephany Vaioleti (38), Assistant Administrator, Kahuku Medical Center
Rick Volner Jr. (35) (Maui), Senior Vice President-Agricultural Operations, Hawaiian Commercial Sugar Co. (A&B)
LTC Ralph Williams (41), J132 Branch Chief, Plans, Exercise & Readiness, U.S. Pacific Command

The program will begin with a two-day retreat on April 9-10, 2010, featuring a series of seminars and discussions. Following the retreat, participants will help plan their agenda and schedule for the upcoming year and take part in at least one day-long program each month to investigate critical issues facing Hawaii in such areas as crime, education, environment, quality of life, the military, and the economy.

Permission to link given by the Pacific Century Fellows Program, P.O. Box 161000, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
http://pacificcenturyfellows.com/

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Announces New Attorney

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – March 25, 2010) – Abigail M. Holden has joined Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice.

A 2007 magna cum laude graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law, Holden served on the editorial board of the Law Review and co-authored an article on interracial justice. Following law school, she served as administrative law clerk to Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon of the Hawai’i Supreme Court. Holden earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and employs more than 70 attorneys. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources that are best found at a large firm.

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O’Malley Elected President of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation

New HHF Trustees, Officers Elected at 36th Annual Meeting May 20
Michael J. O’Malley was elected president of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation (HHF) on May 21, 2010, by unanimous vote of its members at its 36th annual meeting.  Click on the link to view the Press Release. 

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Goodsill Attorney Kimberly Koide selected for “Forty Under 40” Class of 2010

Attorney Kimberly Koide has been selected for Pacific Business News' “Forty Under 40” Class of 2010. Annually, forty Hawaii professionals under the age of forty receive this celebrated business distinction. Honorees exemplify a combination of excellence in their business careers and a passion for community service. They are recognized industry leaders who show a high degree of business acumen, a take charge attitude and savvy when it comes to efficiency and change. The "Forty Under 40" award recognizes Koide’s reputation for providing outstanding legal service and her continued commitment to giving back to the community. Koide practices in the areas of trusts and estates and civil litigation. She is an officer of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Probate and Estate Planning Section and is a member of the Board of Directors of HSBA’s Young Lawyers Division. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned her law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where she was a managing editor of the Asian Pacific American Law Journal. Before attending law school, Koide was a fifth grade math and seventh grade English teacher, and volunteered as a community technology leader with one of Hawaii‘s housing projects.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Earns Top Rankings in 2010 Chambers & Partners USA Guide

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – June 21, 2010) – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP has earned five firm rankings and 17 individual rankings in the 2010 “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business,” issued by Chambers and Partners, the publisher of worldwide guides to the legal profession. Chambers identifies the country’s best lawyers and law firms through extensive research and interviews with lawyers and their clients.

For the seventh year, Goodsill’s Corporate/Commercial, Litigation: General Commercial, Real Estate, Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Labor & Employment areas earned high rankings.

Seventeen of Goodsill’s attorneys were included in the individual rankings in seven practice areas.

  • Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Walter C. Davison
  • Corporate/Commercial - David J. Reber
  • Corporate/Commercial: Tax category - Miki Okumura
  • Labor & Employment - Barbara A. Petrus and Carolyn K. Wong
  • Litigation: General Commercial - Corlis J. Chang, John R. Lacy, Jacqueline L.S.
    Earle, Bruce L. Lamon and Edmund K. Saffery
  • Real Estate - Lani L. Ewart, Randall K. Steverson, Leighton J.H.S. Yuen and Gail O. Ayabe
  • Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use - Lisa Woods Munger, Gary M. Slovin and Lisa A. Bail

“We are pleased to have earned Chambers and Partners’ recognition of our firm and our individual attorneys among Hawaii’s leading lawyers. Our team’s commitment to serving our clients with the highest quality and integrity is reflected in these rankings,” said Gary Slovin, Goodsill’s Managing Partner.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources that are best found at a large firm. For more information on the law firm, visit its website at www.goodsill.com.

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Hawai‛i’s sickest keiki to share their stories of recovery and healing during 2-day Kapi’olani ‘Radiothon for KIDS!’

KSSK will broadcast live from the cafeteria of Kapi`olani Medical Center for Women & Children for two days to benefit Kapi`olani Children’s Miracle Network. 100% of all donations from Kapi`olani Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon for KIDS! stays in Hawaii to benefit critically ill and injured children.  Click on the links to view the Press Release and photos.

Intellectual Property Management for Start-up Companies

Goodsill lawyer, Martin Loui, a member of the HSBA's Intellectual Property and Technology Law Section, will be teaching "Intellectual Property Management for Start-up Companies," one course in Kapiolani Community College's twelve-week management series on intellectual property (IP) designed for business owners and leaders and for general practitioners who counsel such businesses managers. The series begins in September. Mr. Loui's course is on November 11, 2010. Course attendees will learn the importance of managing IP assets. This includes identifying IP issues that should be on the radar for spinoffs, emerging technologies and start-up businesses, and steps that these new companies should undertake to manage and protect IP, including when to hire expert IP practitioners. In addition, the course will address the IP management issues that new companies face, including securing IP rights, assuring investors that the value of the IP is maintained or enhanced through various protection strategies, integrating the IP portfolio to cover the technology and business development goals, and establishing inhouse procedures and policies to manage and protect the businesses' IP.

For course detail visit http://continuinged.kcc.hawaii.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=993:intellectual-property-management-basics-2010-series&catid=101:business-management-and-finance&Itemid=74. Mr. Loui's practice covers a broad range of IP law, from patents to trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and domain names, with an emphasis on the strategic development of IP portfolios for the protection, leverage, and monetization (licensing or divestiture) of technology assets for pre-IPO and publicly-traded businesses. Further information about Mr. Loui's practice can be found at http://www.goodsill.com/martin-s-loui/.


GAQS Intellectual Property Counsel, Martin S. Loui, Speaks to Hawaii Angels on Intellectual Property Due Diligence

Lecture Highlights - Angel Investments, Basic Information Gathering Regarding Startup Companies

Goodsill counsel Martin S. Loui provided an informational briefing for the Hawaii Angels during its September monthly meeting at the Oahu Country Club. Highlights of the presentation included the following topics:

  • Creation and Ownership of Intellectual Property ("IP") assets
  • Protection of IP
  • Freedom-to-Operate
  • Issues involving Third Parties

Fifteen Goodsill attorneys earn the 2010 Super Lawyers designation in Hawaii

Congratulations to: Lisa A. Bail (Environmental), Corlis J. Chang (Personal injury defense, Products), Jacqueline L.S. Earle (Business litigation), Carol A. Eblen (Business litigation), Lani L. Ewart (Banking), John R. Lacy (Transportation/Maritime), Bruce L. Lamon (Business Litigation), Judy Y. Lee (Estate & Trust Litigation), Lisa Woods Munger (Environmental), Raymond K. Okada (Estate Planning & Probate), Miki Okumura (Tax), Barbara A. Petrus (employment & Labor), David J. Reber (Business/Corporate), Gary M. Slovin (Government Relations), Carolyn K. Wong (Employment & Labor).

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers by state from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Their names are published in a special supplement in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines across the country. For more about Super Lawyers, please visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/
 

GAQS Intellectual Property Counsel, Martin S. Loui, Invited to the Virtual Professionals-in-Residence (VPIR) Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business, Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business (PACE)

Community Service - Mentoring

Support of PACE Program - VPIRs volunteer their time and expertise to facilitate entrepreneurship amongst University of Hawaii students and faculty

Goodsill counsel Martin S. Loui is honored to be invited by PACE to serve as a VPIR, offering practical knowledge and information on intellectual property to current University of Hawaii students and faculty for educational purposes. Areas of volunteer services include:

  • Intellectual property (IP)
  • Development and Management of IP Portfolios
  • IP Licensing & Enforcement

In the Information Age, Business Methods Patents Have Come of Age

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Leighton Yuen Named Best Real Estate Lawyer by Best Lawyers

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – October 21, 2010) – Leighton J. H. S. Yuen, a partner with the law firm of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, has been named 2011 Lawyer of the Year in the area of Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers.

Named by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, this designation is earned following surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Only one lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the Lawyer of the Year for 2011.

“Leighton’s commitment to serving our clients with the highest quality and integrity is reflected in this honor,” said Gary Slovin, Goodsill’s Managing Partner. “We congratulate him and applaud his ranking among the country’s leading lawyers.”

Yuen concentrates his practice in real estate development and business law. His experience includes real estate and commercial transactions, commercial, resort and residential developments, financing arrangements and commercial leasing.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Yuen is a graduate of Punahou School, and received his B.S. in business with an emphasis in accounting and applied economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and currently has more than 70 attorneys. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources that are best found at a large firm. For more information on the law firm, visit its website at www.goodsill.com.

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Planting the “Entrepreneur Seeds” in One-On-One Speed Chats with Tomorrow’s Innovators

Community Service – Mentoring
Speaking Engagements
11/17/2010

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Announces New Attorney

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – January 7, 2011) – Kimberly A. Vossman has joined Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice.

A 2009 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, Vossman focuses her practice in the area of civil litigation. Vossman was a member of the U.H. Law Review, and among her honors earned the Carl K. Mirikitani, Jr. Valedictory Prize. Before joining Goodsill, Vossman participated in an externship with the Honorable Kevin S.C. Chang, United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and clerked for Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald. Vossman received her bachelor of arts in sport management and communications from the University of Michigan.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP traces its roots to 1878 and employs more than 65 attorneys. Keeping pace with client needs, Goodsill attorneys practice in all areas of civil law, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources that are best found at a large firm.

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Workshop on Avoiding and Defending Discrimination Claims

Workshop on Avoiding and Defending Discrimination Claims

Carolyn K. Wong and Anne T. Horiuchi, with Goodsill’s employment law practice, will present, “An Ounce of Prevention Plus a Pound of Cure: Actions to Take Now to Help Avoid & Defend Against Discrimination and Other Claims,” on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 9 a.m. – noon, at Hawaii Employers Council.

The session will cover scenarios encompassing the different phases of the employment relationship, from hiring to termination and beyond, with an interactive discussion about pitfalls and proactive steps to prevent the filing of claims against your business or in support of your defense after a claim has been made. Specific topics include filling vacancies, performance reviews, enforcing policies and investigating violations, and discipline and discharge.

The intended audience is human resource, legal and risk management professionals. The workshop is open to both HEC members and non-members. Cost is $75 for members, $130 for non-members.

For more information or to register for the session contact Vicky Tasaka-Loando at 440-8888. For more information about attorneys Carolyn Wong or Anne Horiuchi, please visit the Attorneys section of this website.

Goodsill Mentors IP Moot Court Participants at the University of Hawaii Law School

Goodsill (SM) Intellectual Property Counsel, Martin S. Loui, along with other attorneys practicing Intellectual Property (IP) law are happy to assist with practice arguments for UH law students, Michelle Oh and Bryce Tanaka, as they, along with their fellow team members on written-briefs, prepare for the 2010 -2011 Saul Leftkowitz Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA). The purpose of the practice arguments is to have IP professionals critique and evaluate the oralists, who will compete regionally in February 2011. The regional winners then compete at the national finals in Washington, D.C., in March 2011. Goodsill (with attorney membership in INTA) recognizes this annual competition, which introduces law students to issues associated with trademark and unfair competition laws in the United States. The Firm sends its best wishes to the team.

GAQS’ IP Counsel Martin S. Loui is the Expert of the Month for “Ask SmallBiz” Feature in Hawaii Business Magazine

Art Direction by Alana Manzini
Photograph by David Croxford
Hawaii Business Magazine

When Aligned with your Business’ Mission, Innovative Employees can Create Valuable Intellectual Property.

  • A portfolio of “focused IP” will showcase a company’s “crown jewels” to potential investors, acquirers and strategic partners.
  • Besides protecting the next generation of products for the company, existing technologies can be combined with novel techniques to create competitive advantages.
  • Development-stage companies can leverage business method patents to increase market share.

To read the entire article, click the "HBN Small Biz article" link under Related Files. 
To read the article online, click here.

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Goodsill Supports Students Developing New Hawaii Businesses

Martin S. Loui, Goodsill attorney and intellectual property counsel, judged the first round of the Business Plan Competition organized by the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business (PACE) at the University of Hawai’i, Shidler College of Business, on February 25, 2011. This annual competition challenges students to think and act entrepreneurially, formulate business proposals, prepare executive summaries and deliver oral presentations about new businesses in Hawaii. Students are mentored by instructors and volunteers from the business community as they proceed through the rounds to the final competition. Congratulations to all participating teams.

Goodsill Contributes to “Aloha for Japan” Fund for Earthquake, Tsunami Relief

In light of the March 11, 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated many parts of Japan, Goodsill has made a contribution in the amount of $5,000 to the Japan-America Society of Hawaii Aloha for Japan fund so that it may, in turn, support the relief efforts provided by the Japanese Red Cross Society.

“Families, friends and clients of ours affected by this tragedy are in our thoughts,” said Gary Slovin, managing partner for Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel.

Individuals within the firm have already begun to make additional contributions, and the firm will be coordinating further donations from employees to the Aloha for Japan fund.

Retired Goodsill Partner Genro Kashiwa Receives Highest French Honor

Genro Kashiwa, retired Goodsill partner, has been awarded the Legion of Honor, the highest civilian tribute bestowed by the nation of France. With the medal he was named to the rank of chevalier (knight).

Captain Nicolas Pitrat, commanding officer of the FS Prairial, a French military surveillance ship, and Honorary French Consul Patricia Y. Lee made the award at a ceremony on April 1, 2011, aboard the Prairial during its port call at Pier 9 in Honolulu. Kashiwa was honored for his service during World War II with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army.

Like many of his generation, the story of Kashiwa’s military service during World War II is one of courage, honor and personal sacrifice. He was inducted in March 1943 and was honorably discharged in December 1945, after serving in the European theater, in Italy and France. Within the 442nd, Kashiwa was a member of L Company, 3rd Battalion. He earned two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, and a Purple Heart, among other honors.

Kashiwa’s first Silver Star, the United States’ third highest medal for valor, was awarded for gallantry in action in November 1944 in the vicinity of La Houssiere, France. Assuming command after his platoon leader and sergeant were wounded and evacuated, Sergeant Kashiwa led his platoon in an attack on a well-defended hill and surprised the enemy. When two of his men were wounded, he fought his way to them under intense enemy fire, administered first aid and directed their evacuation.

Kashiwa received a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Silver Star for gallantry in action in April 1945 during the Army’s campaign in Mount Fologorito, Italy. The award citation reads:

Technical Sergeant Kashiwa was in charge of a platoon assigned to clear the summit of a mountain to prevent a hostile counterattack on his battalion's positions. After a personal reconnaissance, he directed one squad to attempt to move around the base of the summit and take the enemy from the rear while he led the other squad in a frontal assault. The plan worked excellently and his squad was able to almost reach the top before detected. Catching enemy soldiers ten yards away from their machine guns, he rushed forward and cut the Germans off from their weapons. After firing one shot with his tommy gun, the weapon jammed but the foe was confused and fled. He quickly seized an enemy machine gun and fired it on the fleeing soldiers, forcing them to seek shelter in a reinforced bunker. Technical Sergeant Kashiwa deployed his platoon to lay fire on the bunker and then he crawled alone to within grenade range and threw two grenades which forced the remaining six Germans to surrender. His outstanding courage reflects great credit on the finest traditions of the United States Army.

His innate humility is apparent in his remarks accepting the Legion of Honor chevalier medal; Kashiwa said that he accepted the award for “his old gang” and recognized his fellow soldiers by name.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Hires Two Attorneys

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – August 11, 2011) – Two attorneys have joined Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, bringing increased diversity of interests and depth of experience to the firm.

Brett R. Tobin concentrates in civil and criminal litigation and has worked on commercial and real estate contract disputes, government investigations, qui tam cases, intellectual property disputes and criminal defense. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. from the College of William and Mary. Before joining Goodsill, Tobin practiced with Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. He served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Before law, Tobin worked as a sports writer in Virginia. He also worked in Beijing, China.

Randall C. Whattoff works in high-stakes business litigation. He has experience in all phases of litigation and arbitration, including complex discovery matters, pre-trial motion practice and appellate issues. He holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School (cum laude) and a B.A. from University of California at Berkeley. He began his career at O’Melveny & Myers and Kinsella Weizman in Los Angeles, where he worked in litigation for a number of notable entertainment clients. He has represented professional athletes in highly publicized contract disputes, musicians and entertainment companies in trademark disputes, and the estate of the musician Michael Jackson in litigation that determined control of Jackson’s estate.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Hawai‘i, was founded in 1878 and today has nearly 70 attorneys. Representing local, national and international clients, Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources. For more information about the firm, please visit www.goodsill.com.

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Strengthen Maritime and Technology Practices by Adding Formby and Pierce

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – August 26, 2011) – Two senior attorneys join Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, bringing additional experience in maritime law and technology transactions to the firm.

Michael D. Formby joins Goodsill as a partner, following an interim appointment as director of Hawai’i Department of Transportation overseeing Hawai‘i’s highways, airports and ten commercial harbors on six islands. He also served as deputy director for the Harbors Division. Prior to government service, Formby was managing director of Frame Formby & O’Kane, a local law firm focusing in maritime and commercial litigation. Prior to Frame Formby & O’Kane, Formby was a partner at the law firm of Alcantara Frame & Formby, Formby is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he specialized in government contracts and the procurement of aircraft and classified software.

Formby was selected as a Best Lawyer in Hawai‘i in the field of maritime law in 2007. An adjunct professor of Maritime Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law from 2000 and 2008, Formby received the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award in the fall of 2006.

As part of his public service to the State of Hawai‘i, Formby chaired the Hawai‘i Employer-Union Trust Fund, served on the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority (HCDA) and the Aloha Tower Development Corporation, chaired the Large Capacity Ferry (“Superferry”) Oversight Task Force and served as vice chair of the Hawai‘i Land Use Commission. He frequently volunteers and provides pro bono services to Volunteer Legal Services of Hawai‘i.

Shannon E. Pierce joins the firm as counsel, concentrating her practice in the areas of technology transactions, with an emphasis on licensing, intellectual property (IP), internet and ecommerce, mergers and acquisitions, and contract drafting and negotiations. She has considerable experience with due diligence and advising start-up and growth stage companies on managing and protecting IP rights and portfolios. She prepares her clients for successful growth (fundings/financings) and/or a preferred exit strategy (asset sales, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures or initial public offerings).

Pierce earned her juris doctor from Boston University School of Law (cum laude); practiced in the Technology Transactions Group at the Silicon Valley firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, then managed her own practice in Hawai‘i and California before joining Goodsill.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Hawai‘i, was founded in 1878 and today has nearly 70 attorneys. Representing local, national and international clients, Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources. For more information about the firm, please visit www.goodsill.com.
 

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Goodsill attorney Kimberly Koide selected for 2011 Pacific Century Fellows

Kimberly J. Koide, an associate with Goodsill’s trust & estate and civil litigation practices, has been selected as one of the 2011 Pacific Century Fellows (PCF). This is the thirteenth class for the program, which identifies, encourages and helps develop and strengthen island leaders.

Chosen from a competitive field of nominees, Koide will interact with senior community, business and government leaders working to find solutions to challenges facing Hawaii. Based on the White House Fellows Program, PCF brings together Hawaii’s most promising individuals from all walks of life, fields and professions developing in them a greater awareness and sensitivity to the people and institutions of Hawaii.

Koide was a Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40 honoree in 2010.

Traditional and Nontraditional Trademarks: Illustrated by Food Wars, Chef Egos and the Malasada Truck

First published in the Hawaii Bar Journal, (official publication of the Hawaii State Bar Association), September, 2011.

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Hires Three Associate Attorneys

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – September 15, 2011) – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel welcomes three new associate attorneys to the firm.

Marissa L.L. Owens concentrates in civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Owens served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for the City and County of Honolulu where she handled trials in criminal court, as well as complex mental health cases involving specialized prosecution. She clerked for the Honorable Sabrina S. McKenna at the Circuit Court of the First Circuit prior to joining the firm. Owens earned her Juris Doctor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California.

Andrew C. Hipp concentrates in labor and employment law. He is also a volunteer mediator at The Mediation Center of The Pacific where he has mediated civil rights, temporary restraining order, divorce, child custody and asset distribution cases and serves on the Center’s Board of Directors. Hipp holds a Bachelor of Arts from Guilford College and a Juris Doctor (cum laude) from the William S. Richardson School of Law. Prior to joining Goodsill, Hipp clerked for Associate Judge Lawrence M. Reifurth of the Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals, and served as the court’s administrative law clerk for Chief Judge, now Chief Justice, Mark E. Recktenwald.

Adam K. Robinson concentrates in environmental law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University and his Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law. During law school he participated in externships with the Honorable Barry M. Kurren, United States Magistrate Judge, and Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, for whom Robinson subsequently served as a law clerk. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Robinson also lived in China for two years.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Hawai‘i, was founded in 1878 and today has nearly 70 attorneys. Representing local, national and international clients, Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources.

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Michael J. O’Malley, Thomas Benedict, Partners & Martin S. Loui, Counsel Discuss International Business Opportunities & Hawaii

Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference, Chicago, illinois

The recent USLAW Conference provided an international forum for USLAW member attorneys and their clients to dialogue about the latest legal developments in the areas of business litigation, business and advisory services, employment and labor law, professional liability and insurance coverage.

A broad range of issues was discussed, including intellectual property rights and cyber risk assessment to mediation strategies and effective negotiations. In addition, the topic of international business development, specifically in Europe and Latin America, was also a focus.

Michael J. O’Malley, Thomas Benedict, Goodsill partners, and Martin S. Loui, Counsel, discussed specific business opportunities on two topics pertaining to local business:

• Companies interested in doing business in Hawaii, and
• Hawaii companies interested in expanding their businesses beyond our local shores to national and international locations.

Goodsill is pleased to offer its clients the opportunity to access to the USLAW network and the possibility of leveraging global knowledge and resources across established and emerging trade channels.

For highlights of the Goodsill presentation addressing intellectual property developments, see the Goodsill web posting entitled, “Martin S. Loui, Counsel, Intellectual Property Presentation, Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference, September 22 - 24, 2011.”

Over 550 attendees comprising USLAW corporate partners, member attorneys, Tran-European Law Firm Alliance (TELFA) members, invited clients and guests from the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America were in attendance.

This year’s fall conference fell on the 10th Anniversary of the formation of USLAW, Inc. and featured David Axelrod as a keynote speaker.

Martin S. Loui, Counsel, Intellectual Property Presentation

Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference, Chicago, Illinois

Martin S. Loui, Goodsill Counsel, participated as a panelist in Rapidly Changing Rights in the Development of Intellectual Property, part of the Business Litigation session of the USLAW Network Client Conference held in September.

The session provided an overview of the legal changes in the area of intellectual property rights and patent issues of the America Invents Act that was signed into law by President Obama in September 2011.

Highlights of Loui’s discussion included:

• Personal jurisdiction in the Internet Age, and
• Trademark infringement litigation cases:

     o Levi Strauss & Co. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co., 633 F.3d 1158 (9th Cir. 2011)
     o Coach Services, Inc. v. Triumph Learning, LLC, 96 U.S.P.Q.2d 1600 (T.T.A.B.), Appeal No. 2011-1129 (Fed. Cir. Oral Argument August 5, 2011)
     o Chloé v. Queen Bee of Beverly Hills, L.L.C., 616 F.3d 158 (2d Cir. 2010)
     o Gucci Am., Inc. v. Frontline Processing Corp., 721 F. Supp.2d 228 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)

Over 550 attendees comprising USLAW corporate partners, member attorneys, Tran-European Law Firm Alliance (TELFA) members, invited clients and guests from the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America were in attendance.

This year’s fall conference fell on the 10th Anniversary of the formation of USLAW, Inc. and featured David Axelrod as a keynote speaker.

Also at the conference were Michael J. O’Malley, Thomas Benedict, Goodsill partners, who, along with and Loui, discussed specific business opportunities on two topics pertaining to local business:

• Companies interested in doing business in Hawaii, and
• Hawaii companies interested in expanding their businesses beyond our local shores to national and international locales.

For more information on the types of issues discussed by O’Malley and Benedict, see the Goodsill web posting entitled, “Michael J. O’Malley, Thomas Benedict, Partners & Martin S. Loui, Counsel Discuss International Business Opportunities & Hawaii, Fall 2011 USLAW Network Client Conference, September 22 - 24, 2011.

Martin S. Loui, Guest Professional-In-Residence

Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE)

Martin S. Loui, Goodsill Counsel, was a PACE guest speaker for the Professional-In-Residence program sponsored by the University of Hawaii (UH), Shidler College of Business.

As part of this program, Loui spoke on the topic of Intellectual Property for a Sustainable Competitive Advantage to an audience of UH students and faculty interested in forming a start-up business or considering the Breakthrough Innovation Challenge or UH Business Plan Competition.

Specifically, Loui discussed:

• Reasons a start-up business should be concerned with intellectual property (IP),
• IP relative to investors’ desires to create value,
• Developing a strong IP portfolio to provide a sustainable competitive advantage, and,
• IP coverage examples in the technology markets, the fashion industry, media and the services sector (e.g., the “culinary entrepreneur” who might utilize non-traditional trademarks for brand development).

Loui’s full presentation can be viewed on the PACE website at [Click here]

Loui also met individually with several audience members, providing IP information in an educational setting.

Goodsill is pleased to support the PACE program and to connect UH students and faculty with business professionals.

Bail to Speak on Storm Water Regulation

Lisa A. Bail, Goodsill partner, will present an overview and update on storm water regulations on November 3, 2011. She and three industry leaders conduct the seminar, “Current Issues in Storm Water Regulation.”

This seminar will provide attendees with the facts about legal issues, monitoring and inspection, the proper design and selection of BMPs . . . everything needed to avoid reactive responses to regulatory changes, adequately plan and ensure compliance.

The seminar is at the Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is on your own. Cost of the seminar is $369 for registration, or $468 for registration plus a CD of the seminar. Click here to register: http://www.lorman.com/seminars/387263

Speakers will also present the following topics:

• Water Pollution Basics and Storm Water Site Specific Construction Best Management Practice Plan (SSCBMP) – Matthew R. Kurano
• It Takes Teamwork to NPDES – Norman Wm. Scofield
• Teamwork in the Field Makes BMPs Work – Norman Wm. Scofield
• Updates to City’s NPDES Storm Water Program – How the City is Planning on Addressing Specific MS4 and TMDL Requirements – Randall Wakumoto, P.E.

Bail concentrates her practice in environmental law, land use and commercial litigation. For her full profile and professional experience, see: http://www.goodsill.com/professionals/xpqProfResults.aspx?xpST=ProfessionalResults&LastName=B

CM credits may be available for this seminar. Contact Lorman at 1-866-352-9540 prior to registering.

This course has been reviewed and approved for inclusion in the Construction Compliance Certification Program and qualifies for 1.0 credit.

This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 6.0 VCLE credit hours.

To register for this seminar, click here: http://www.lorman.com/seminars/387263
 

Cross-Border Market Opportunities Revealed at APEC USA 2011

Events – 2011 ABAC SME Symposium
Waikiki, Hawaii

Goodsill Partners, Peter T. Kashiwa, Michael J. O’Malley, and H. Gregory Nasky, and Counsels, Martin S. Loui and Shannon E. Pierce networked among the APEC members, U.S. Trade Representatives, global and local business and government leaders and policy-makers in attendance at the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Symposium, sponsored by the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Issues discussed included cloud-based technologies enabling SMEs the ability to participate in global market opportunities, strategies for SMEs to launch new overseas business ventures by leveraging free trade agreements, best practices for SMEs doing business overseas to avoid corruption barriers, financing products that stimulate small business exports from the United States c/o the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. (Ex-Im Bank), and intellectual property and regulatory concerns business owners may face in foreign jurisdictions.

Goodsill is pleased to offer its clients, who are interested in globally expanding their Hawaii-based businesses, the opportunity to access the ABAC network. What may be particularly attractive for Hawaii businesses is the Ex-Im Bank’s strategic plan to increase the financing awards to local businesses seeking to export products abroad under the leadership of the bank’s Chairman and President, Fred P. Hochberg.

This year’s ABAC SME Symposium featured John Bryson, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, as a keynote speaker.

Pictured: Martin Loui, Michael O’Malley, Shannon Pierce and Peter Kashiwa.

MAHALO MIXER Introduces Future Entrepreneurs to Business Mentors

Community Service – Mentoring

Waialae Country Club, Kahala, Hawaii

Goodsill Intellectual Property Counsels, Martin S. Loui and Shannon E. Pierce, met with up and coming business entrepreneurs in the annual Mahalo Mixer event sponsored by the Entrepreneurs Club and the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business (PACE), both at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Shidler College of Business.  As a Virtual Professional in Residence (VPIR), Loui was one of several VPIRs who, along with Pierce, met with undergraduate and graduate students, some studying to become entrepreneurs with others having already launched their businesses in commercial spaces and/or over the internet.  Groups of students rotated among the volunteer professionals representing a diverse cross-section of industries, to discuss topics spanning the life of a start-up company, exposure to publicly-traded corporate operations, government sponsored research, intellectual property protection, licensing and revenue generating models, and emerging technologies.  Goodsill applauds the problem-solving creativity, initiative and risk-taking spirit of these rising leaders, and is honored to have been invited to provide mentoring support.

Goodsill Applauds the Finalists in the PACE Competition for Innovation

Events – 2011 Breakthrough Innovation Challenge

Goodsill Intellectual Property Counsel, Martin S. Loui, attended the 2011 Breakthrough Innovation Challenge (BIC) sponsored by both the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business (PACE at the Shidler College of Business) and the College of Engineering, both at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Loui networked with students, faculty and volunteer business mentors as the finalists presented their pitches for their innovative products.  Those innovations featured electric utility vehicles, nano-satellite technology, an ergonomic clipboard and a digital portable scanner.

Prior to the kick-off of the BIC, PACE invited Loui on September 29, 2011 to be a guest Professional in Residence, where he provided an informative presentation to the university students and faculty on Intellectual Property for a Competitive Sustainable Advantage

Goodsill congratulates these up and coming leaders for their creative and innovative spirit.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Hires Three Attorneys

For Immediate Release

 

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – December 7, 2011) – Three attorneys have joined Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, bringing increased diversity of interests and depth of experience to the firm.

Travis M. Agustin concentrates his practice in the areas of trusts and estates. While in law school Agustin interned with the Honorable Spencer M. Kagan of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court in Massachusetts, the Blue Planet Foundation and the Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center. Prior to joining Goodsill, Agustin clerked for the Honorable Derrick H.M. Chan at the First Circuit Court.

Agustin earned his juris doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and served as Northeast Regional Director of the National Asian Pacific American Law Student's Association. He earned his bachelor of arts from Colby College and is a graduate of Iolani School where he was an Albert H. Stone Memorial Scholar.

Patrick D. Collins concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, commercial and intellectual property (IP) litigation. Prior to joining Goodsill, Collins clerked for the Honorable James E. Duffy, Jr., Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Collins began his career at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in San Francisco, where he practiced antitrust and intellectual property litigation.

Collins earned his juris doctor (magna cum laude) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his bachelor of arts (cum laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Scott K.D. Shishido concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, construction, personal injury, insurance defense, coverage and bad faith, professional malpractice and commercial litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Shishido clerked for the Honorable Craig H. Nakamura at the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Shishido earned his juris doctor (magna cum laude) from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law where he served as the managing editor of the University of Hawaii Law Review and competed as a member of the Native American Moot Court Team. During law school, he served as a research assistant for the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law. Shishido earned his bachelor of arts from Stanford University and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama.


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Peter T. Kashiwa Named Managing Partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(HONOLULU, HI – January 2, 2012) – Peter T. Kashiwa has been named managing partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel.

Kashiwa will be responsible for the firm's overall practice, management and day-to-day operations. He succeeds Gary M. Slovin who was managing partner since 2006.

“I am honored to serve in this capacity. Goodsill has a long, rich history of providing quality legal advice and service to our clients and I look forward to leading the firm into its next chapter,” said Kashiwa.

Kashiwa is the fourth attorney to serve the firm as managing partner. He joined Goodsill in 1985 and concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate transactions, business and commercial transactions, corporate documentation and immigration issues confronting multinational companies investing and/or operating in the United States.

Kashiwa earned his juris doctor from Willamette University. He earned his bachelor of arts, majoring in accounting, from the University of Washington.

Since 1995, Kashiwa has earned and maintained the consensus support and recognition of his colleagues across the United States as one of the Best Lawyers in America (top 2 percent) practicing immigration law in Hawai‘i. Kashiwa served as President of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 1993 to 1994.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, one of the oldest and largest law firms in Hawai‘i, was founded in 1878 and today has nearly 70 attorneys. Representing local, national and international clients, Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources. For more information about the firm, please visit www.goodsill.com

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Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel Plans to Move to First Hawaiian Tower

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HI – January 26, 2012) – Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel is in the final stages of completing an office lease with First Hawaiian Center on the corner of Bishop Street and King Street in downtown Honolulu. The firm’s current offices are at Alii Place on Alakea Street in downtown Honolulu.

The move would likely happen the first quarter of 2013. The firm’s offices have been located at Alii Place since 1992.

“The firm has been investigating a move for several years as finding office space for a firm of our size can be a challenge,” said Peter T. Kashiwa, Goodsill’s managing partner. “We are excited to have found a home for Goodsill. Our new location provides us with premises that we can design for modern, efficient legal work and has the contiguous space we need.”

First Hawaiian Center is located at 999 Bishop Street in downtown Honolulu. It is the corporate headquarters of First Hawaiian Bank.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP was founded in 1878 and today has nearly 70 attorneys. Representing local, national and international clients, Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources. For more information about the firm, please visit www.goodsill.com.

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GAQS Procurement Attorneys Rebecca Dayhuff and Randy Whattoff Are the Experts of the Month for “Ask Small Biz” Feature in Hawaii Business Magazine

The article discusses how Hawaii small businesses can obtain important information, such as unreleased reports, information related to government contracts, and background on new rules.

To read the article online, click here.

Munger to Speak on Hawaii Foreclosures and Workouts

Lisa Woods Munger, Goodsill partner, will present on Environmental Issues in the Foreclosure Process on April 18, 2012.  She and several colleagues will conduct the seminar, “Hawaii Foreclosures and Workouts.”

 

This seminar will provide attendees with the nuts and bolts of the foreclosure process, including its requirements and procedural pitfalls, as well as how to use the various workout tools and loan modification options to avoid foreclosure.  Then an in-depth look at mitigating the environmental risk associated with troubled assets and gaining a comprehensive understanding of the post-foreclosure liability for property preservation, taxes, code violations and other ownership responsibilities will be addressed.

 

The seminar is at the Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Registration is at 8:30 a.m.  Lunch is on your own.  Cost of the seminar is $339 for the first registrant and $329 for each additional registrant.  A comprehensive course book is included with your tuition.  If you can’t attend, you can still obtain the benefits of the information provided by purchasing the course book and CD. 

  

Speakers will also present the following topics:

  • The Foreclosure Process in Hawaii and Ethics by Neil J. Verbrugge
  • Workouts – the Various Tools in the Toolbox for Working out Troubled Real Estate Loans by Charles R. Prather
  • Title Issues in the Foreclosure Process and Workout Context by Francis P. Hogan
  • Post-Foreclosure Issues by Charles R. Prather

 

Munger concentrates her practice in environmental law and handles a wide variety of commercial litigation.  For her full profile and professional experience see: http://www.goodsill.com/lisa-woods-munger/

 

The “Hawaii Foreclosures and Workouts” content has been reviewed and approved for 7.25 CLBB continuing education credits.

 

NBI, Inc. is an Accredited Provider with the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education.  This activity has been approved for a total of 6.0 hours of credit for the state of Hawaii, which includes 5.0 VCLE credits and 1.0 MCPE credits.

 

Register by calling 800-930-6182 or online at www.nbi-sems.com.

 

Goodsill’s Loui Joins American Intellectual Property Law Association

For Immediate Release 

(Honolulu, Hawai‘i — March 1, 2012) — Goodsill intellectual property counsel, Martin S. Loui, is now a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) representing the firm on a number of committees.

“Differences in how IP applies varies across industries and types of businesses and innovations, so it is important to keep the IP conversation updated through AIPLA,” said Loui. “This is especially the case in Hawaii because of our proximity to the Mainland U.S. 

Goodsill participates in several committees including patent law, electronic and computer law, trademark internet law, and licensing and management of intellectual property assets.

The AIPLA is a national bar association with more than 17,000 members, who are lawyers in private and corporate practice, government service and academia, who practice patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and other aspects of intellectual property law.

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Goodsill’s Martin Loui on International Trademark Association Committee

For Immediate Release

(Honolulu, Hawai‘i — March 1, 2012) — Martin S. Loui, Goodsill’s intellectual property counsel, now serves on the sub-committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) that oversees the protection and enforcement of non-traditional trademarks (NTMs).  These marks include sound, color, taste, texture, trade dress, movement, gesture and others, as well as emerging non-traditional marks.  The subcommittee will evaluate laws, treaties and procedures concerning the protection of these marks worldwide to enable the development and advocacy of policies that advance protections in a balanced manner. 

Goodsill is pleased to be an associate member of INTA, a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property concepts.  INTA has more than 5,900 members spanning over 190 countries and comprising owners of trademarks, law firms, and other professionals engaged in the creation, protection and enforcement of trademarks.

Goodsill Hires Two Associates

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – March 5, 2012) – James E. Abraham and Jordan M. Odo join Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel as associates.

James E. Abraham concentrates his practice in the area of public utility law.

Abraham concurrently earned his juris doctor, cum laude, and masters in environmental law and policy, cum laude, from Vermont Law School. In law school he was an editor of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and co-president of the Best Friends Club, a local organization that encouraged bond-building in South Royalton, Vermont. Abraham interned for the Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section in Washington, DC, working on power plant compliance litigation.

Abraham received his undergraduate education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he majored in political science.

Jordan M. Odo concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law.

Odo earned his juris doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and his bachelor of arts in political science at the University of Northern Colorado.

Prior to joining Goodsill, Odo externed for the National Labor Relations Board in Honolulu and served as a law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice’s Trial Division, where he assisted in the defense of the State of Oregon in employment litigation. He also externed for the Honorable Sabrina S. McKenna at the Circuit Court of the First Circuit.

Odo was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, and graduated from Roosevelt High School.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, founded in Hawai‘i in 1878, has nearly 70 attorneys representing local, national and international clients. Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources. For more information about the firm, please visit www.goodsill.com.

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Goodsill Hires Bankruptcy Attorney

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – March 5, 2012) – Johnathan C. Bolton joins Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice group as counsel.

Johnathan C. Bolton concentrates his practice in the areas of U.S. and international bankruptcy, insolvency and collections law. He is board certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and is licensed to practice law in Hawai‘i, Texas and New York. He is also qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom.

Bolton earned his juris doctor from Baylor University School of Law in 2000. While in law school, he served as assistant managing editor of the Baylor Law Review and was a member of the Order of Barristers. Bolton earned his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, in history and philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1996.

Before joining Goodsill, Bolton practiced in the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Department of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in Houston, Texas for more than ten years before moving to Hawai‘i in 2011.

Bolton was named as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in Bankruptcy and Creditor- Debtor Rights Law from 2009-2011 and a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of Business Bankruptcy Law from 2004-2006, and again from 2008-2012. He was also named one of the Top Lawyers in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law in Texas by Corporate Counsel magazine from 2009-2011.

Bolton served as course director for the State Bar of Texas’ Advanced Business Bankruptcy Course in 2010 and 2011. He is a frequent author and speaker on the topics of commercial bankruptcy and collections law.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, founded in Hawai‘i in 1878, has nearly 70 attorneys representing local, national and international clients. Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources. For more information about the firm, please visit www.goodsill.com.

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Carole M. Spivey Named Chief Operating Officer at Goodsill

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII – March 5, 2012) – Carole M. Spivey joins Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel as chief operating officer.

With more than 25 years of experience, Spivey brings a wealth of experience in the legal service business to Goodsill. She has held similar management positions in law firms in Phoenix, Denver and San Francisco.

As COO, Spivey works closely with Goodsill’s management team to conduct day-to-day operations of the firm.

“Goodsill provides superior legal services to its clients and to the community. I look forward to providing the operational structure to support that,” said Spivey.

Spivey earned her bachelor of arts from the University of Washington. She served as a faculty member in various educational settings, instructing courses in law office management for both attorneys and legal managers. Spivey has held positions at the national, regional and local levels of the Association of Legal Administrators.

“An experienced COO will add to our ability to better serve our clients, maintain the high quality of our work environment and assure the continued success of our firm, Carole Spivey positions Goodsill for continued growth,” said Peter T. Kashiwa, Goodsill’s managing partner.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, founded in Hawai‘i in 1878, has nearly 70 attorneys representing local, national and international clients. Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources. For more information about the firm, please visit www.goodsill.com.

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Navatek Ltd. Secures Patent for New Design: “Watercraft with Hull Ventilation”

For Immediate Release

(HONOLULU, HAWAII — July 10, 2012) — Navatek, Ltd. of Honolulu secured a patent for its innovative watercraft designed to improve stability and reduce hydrodynamic drag. Navatek does research, development and at-sea testing of advanced ship hulls.

The newly patented boat hull design is a milestone for Navatek, Ltd. The company holds 29 U.S. and foreign patents on its inventions. Steven C.H. Loui, Navatek founder and president, is one of three inventors of the hull design. This is the first of Navatek’s patents to be handled by a Honolulu law firm.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel handled the patent for the “watercraft with hull ventilation.” An engine-powered watercraft with parallel hulls realizes improved efficiency upon reaching optimal acceleration speeds.

“We are quite pleased to be able to celebrate this patent here in Hawaii,” said Martin S. Loui, Goodsill intellectual property practice attorney.

Goodsill’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice includes attorneys versed in patent prosecution, patent licensing and patent litigation
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Navatek, Ltd. has been producing innovation through research for more than 30 years – inventing, developing, building and testing at-sea advanced ship hull designs and associated technologies for the U.S. Navy, foreign military allies of the U.S. and commercial clients. For detailed patent information visit: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nphParser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,210,116.PN.&OS=PN/8,210,116&RS=PN/8,210,116

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, founded in Hawaii in 1878, has nearly 70 attorneys representing local, national and international clients. Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources. For more information about the firm, please visit: www.goodsill.com.
 

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Goodsill Attorney named Virtual-Professional-in-Residence at the Shidler College of Business

For Immediate Release:

(HONOLULU, HAWAII — August 2, 2012) — Johnathan C. Bolton of Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel will serve as a Virtual-Professional-in-Residence (VPIR) at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship & E-Business (PACE). 

Bolton will offer students practical knowledge, information and advice on corporate formation and governance, licensing, strategic asset acquisition, corporate finance, bankruptcy and restructuring issues.

The VPIR program connects business professionals with students and faculty via email and phone.  Professionals serve as mentors, judges and speakers for PACE events.
 “Students can learn a lot from a legal perspective to take the time to set up their business and do their due diligence,” said Tracy Taira, program manager for PACE.  “Mentors are esteemed resources for future generations to succeed.”

PACE is dedicated to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit among members of the University and local community. Programs include innovative graduate and undergraduate curriculum reflecting an Asian Pacific theme, research projects to facilitate entrepreneurial advancement in the Pacific Rim and community outreach.

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel LLP, founded in Hawaii in 1878, has nearly 70 attorneys representing local, national and international clients. Goodsill lawyers handle a wide range of civil law matters, extending personalized legal services with cutting-edge resources.  For more information about the firm, please visit www.goodsill.com.

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