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Johnathan C. Bolton
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Johnathan’s practice focuses on business and commercial law, real estate and business litigation, debtor/creditor rights, and bankruptcy law. He is the Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice group and is a member of the Business Litigation practice group and the Real Estate & Insurance Litigation practice group. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

Clients seek Johnathan for his knowledge, skill and experience in complex, high-stakes situations. He is known for his zealous representation of clients and for finding creative solutions to complex legal problems. He regularly advises and represents local Hawai‘i companies as well as U.S. mainland and foreign entities conducting business in Hawai‘i.

Johnathan is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2009. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers since 2013 and was ranked by Chambers & Partners and Benchmark Litigation beginning in 2015.


In his free time, Johnathan enjoys spending time with his family.


  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Judge Hunter D. Barrow Award
    • Honors: Ronald Beal Administrative Law Award
    • Honors: Frank G. McDonald Appellate Procedure Award
    • Honors: John R. Wilson Remedies Award
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: History
    • Major: Philosophy

Published Works

  • Supreme Court, Appellate Justices Weigh in on Trio of Notable Cases, TMA JOURNAL OF CORPORATE RENEWAL, 2011
  • Co-author, “Risks and Problems of Forum Selection in a Cross-Border Insolvency Case, NORTON ANNUAL REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL INSOLVENCY, 2011
  • Co-author, “Grupo Mexicano: Has Picard resurrected the Right to Pre-Judgment Attachments, ABI JOURNAL, 2011
  • Co-author, “English High Court Recognizes, Enforces U.S. Court Judgments in Adversary Proceedings, ABI Journal, 2010
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims, Turnaround Management Association’s JOURNAL OF CORPORATE RENEWAL, 2009

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii
  • Texas
  • New York
  • England and Wales
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Texas

Professional Associations

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Hawai‘i Bankruptcy Bar Association (HBBA), Director 2014-2015
  • American Board of Certification (ABC), Director 2016-2017
  • American Bar Association

Practice Areas:

  • Business Law and Securities
  • Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
  • Litigation and Disputes
  • Real Estate Development
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2020
  • Chambers USA, 2015-2019
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Future Star, 2017-2019
  • Super Lawyers, 2013-2019
  • Top 25 Hawai‘i Super Lawyers 2016-2019
  • Top Lawyers in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, Corporate Counsel, 2009-2011
  • Rising Star, 2008-2012
  • Rising Star, 2004-2006
  • "Up and Comer,” H-Texas magazine, 2004
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