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Paul B. Shimomoto
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Paul B. Shimomoto practices primarily in the areas of corporate and insurance regulatory law, with an emphasis in captive insurance.

He regularly handles matters pertaining to formations, conversions, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, complex liquidations, reinsurance agreement and trust transactions, commutations and novations, policy drafting and redomestications. His captive and insurance regulatory clients include publicly-traded Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies from the U.S. and Japan. He also represents clients locally and abroad with general business planning matters.

Paul has achieved the highest rating of "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell, and since 2013, he has been consistently recognized as a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Insurance Law by the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazines.


Paul is an award-winning recording artist and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in local entertainment, including opening for two-time Grammy Award Winner, LeAnn Rimes. He received two Hawaii Music (People's Choice) Awards and has been nominated for awards and recognition at the 2004 and 2009 Grammy Awards and the 2004 and 2008 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

A soccer enthusiast through and through, Paul is the founder and President of Honolulu Galaxy Futbol Club, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to positively influencing the lives of young soccer players in Hawai‘i. He also spent 20 years coaching competitively at the high school level in Hawai‘i.


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D. - 1993
  • University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
    • B.A. - 1990

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1994
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Professional Associations

  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel
  • Captive Insurance Companies Association, Leadership Council
  • National Risk Retention Association, Member, 2001
  • Hawaii Captive Insurance Council, Industry Liaison & Marketing Committee Chair
  • Liaison & Marketing Committee Chair
  • Honolulu Galaxy Futbol Club, Founder & President
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Member
  • Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Member
  • National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy's)., Member
  • Board of Bar Examiners of the Hawaii Supreme Court, Member, 1999
  • Court Annexed Arbitration Program, Member, 2001

Practice Areas:

  • Captive Insurance
  • Business Law and Securities


  • "CV", Rated - Peer Review
  • Martindale Hubbell, A/V Preeminent Rating
  • American Lawyer Magazine, Top Rated Lawyer (Insurance)
  • National Law Journal Magazine, Top Rated Lawyer (Insurance)
  • Corporate Counsel Magazine, Top Rated Lawyer (Insurance)

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Honolulu Galaxy Futbol Club, Founder & President

Past Positions

  • Circuit Court of the State of Hawaii, Law Clerk, 1992