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Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert serves the Hawaii business community with the connections and capabilities of an international practice, holding the highest standards for business law and commercial litigation.  We are the sole Hawaii firm that is part of the Meritas network of more than 170 independent law firms in at least 60 countries.

Our practice groups include Appellate, Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights, Business & Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Estate Planning, Family Law, Immigration & Naturalization, Insurance and Real Estate & Construction.

For more about our firm, go here, or visit our Facebook page to follow us for Legal Alerts, firm updates, upcoming seminars, our Law Film Festival, our law blogs, and other items of interest. All of our lawyers are also on Linkedin.

News Briefs

Strong Roots: Welcoming Sommerset Wong & Ikaika Rawlins to Damon Key

November 2014
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Damon Key is proud to welcome to our firm our two newest lawyers, Sommerset K.M. Wong and Ikaika B. Rawlins. Deeply rooted in Hawaii, both are graduates of Kamehameha Schools, Kapalama Campus, and the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law. Sommerset’s extensive involvement at law school included serving as both volunteer case manager and teaching assistant for the Hawaii Innocence Project, an organization committed to providing free representation to incarcerated individuals. Prior to joining the firm, she interned with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hawaii State Bar Association. Sommerset joins the Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Originally from Hilo, Ikaika has a diverse background that includes teaching students through traditional Hawaiian navigation aboard the Hokualakai voyaging canoe. Also, in a career that preceded law school, Ikaika specialized in shopping center leasing, sales and development.  He joins the firm’s Real Estate, Corporate Law, and Estate Planning and Probate Practice Groups.

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Summer Associate Hiring Update - September 2014

September 2014

We have completed our hiring process for 2015 Summer Associates, and are therefore no longer accepting applications. Please visit our Careers pages for more information about our hiring process for lateral candidates. 

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Christine Kubota Reappointed to Haw Supreme Ct Committee on Court Interpreters and Language Access

September 2014

Damon Key attorney Christine A. Kubota has been reappointed to the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Committee on Court Interpreters and Language Access, and shall continue to serve as co-chair of the Committee. Find out more about this important Committee here, and how it helps insure access to the courts for all litigants.

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Damon Key Immigration Attorney Clare Hanusz to Speak at Honolulu Museum Film Screening

September 2014
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  Damon Key Immigration attorney Clare Hanusz will be speaking on a panel discussion about immigration reform following the premiere screening of “Underwater Dreams,” on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theatre. The film “tells the epic story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students who enter a NASA-sponsored robotics contest…and defeat MIT with an ingeniously constructed underwater robot (aptly named “Stinky”). The competition, however, was only the beginning. These boys forged a legacy that could not have been imagined. Their unlikely achievement, in 2004, reverberates a decade later, helping the students who followed them at Carl Hayden Community High School in Arizona to have more confidence and even, in some cases, propelling them to work as engineers and as leaders in Dreamer groups.” More information, including ticket purchase, here.

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Publications

Damon Key Legal Alert - Summer/Fall 2014

September 2014

Here’s the latest Legal Alert, with articles on Eminent Domain, Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act (open records), Alternative Energy Farming, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, and more.

Download the pdf here.

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New Article: A Full and Perfect Equivalent for Just Compensation: Historical Context & Practice

August 2014

Damon Key lawyer Robert H. Thomas has published an article in the September 2014 edition of The Practical Real Estate Lawyer. Despite its grand title, “A Full and Perfect Equivalent for Just Compensation: The Historical Context and Practice,” the article is a short piece that asks whether just compensation is the next big thing in eminent domain law, identifies three issues that may be on the horizon, and urges the Supreme Court to provide some guidance on this issue.

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