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Russell S. Kato
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Russell's practice focuses on real estate and business law. He has counseled clients in commercial transactions as well as in resolutions of disputes.

He has previous practice and experience with the Hawai‘i Department of the Attorney General and is familiar with legal and other issues involved with doing business with the State of Hawai‘i.


Russell graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from the University of California at Davis.


  • University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D. - 1979
  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
    • B.A. - 1976

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Hawaii, 1979
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii

Professional Associations

  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Member

Practice Areas:

  • Land Use
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • International
  • Real Estate Development
  • Energy, Public Utilities and Telecommunications


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020

Past Positions

  • State of Hawaii, Deputy Attorney General, 00/1980 to 00/1982
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