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Leighton J. Yuen
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Leighton knows real estate.

His practice emphasizes resort, commercial, residential and mixed-use developments, and real estate and business-based financing.

As a member of the firm since 1983, Leighton has extensive experience that includes acting as lead Hawai‘i counsel for the sale of the Island of Lana'i by Castle & Cooke, lead Hawai‘i counsel for the purchase of Tesoro Hawai‘i by Par Petroleum and lead real estate counsel for the sale by Kaneohe Ranch of its Hawai‘i landholdings.

During the span of his career, he has advised resort and planned community developers on the planning, completion and management of their projects, including the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Island of Hawai‘i, the Manele and Koele resorts on the Island of Lana'i, and others.

He currently serves as the real estate practice group leader for Goodsill and has been recognized by Best Lawyers and Chambers as a leading real estate lawyer in the State of Hawai‘i.


Leighton devotes his time to the Hawai‘i Opera Theatre as treasurer, chair of Finance Committee, co-chair of strategic planning and board member. He’s also treasurer and board member of the Hawai‘i LGBT Legal Association. He has also served as a director and officer of NAIOP Hawai‘i and Gregory House Programs


Leighton is also a diehard University of Hawai‘i volleyball fan. Go, Rainbow Warriors! 


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Member, Harvard Law Student Board of Advisors
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • B.S. - 1980
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Business Administration
    • Major: Accounting
    • Major: Applied Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1983

Professional Associations

  • Hawaii State Bar, Member, Sections on Real Property and Financial Services
  • American Bar Association, Member, Sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
  • Hawaii State Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Member
  • Gregory House Programs
  • Hawai‘i LGBT Legal Association, Board Member
  • Hawai‘i Opera Theatre Board and Chair of Finance Committee
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate Development


  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year in Honolulu, 2011, 2018
  • Chambers USA, 2019

Classes & Seminars

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Hawai‘i Opera Theatre Board and Chair of Finance Committee
  • NAIOP Hawai‘i and Gregory House Programs, Director and Officer