Christopher J.I. Leong joined the firm in 2014 as an Associate and practices in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He graduated cum laude from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, where he served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the University of Hawaii Law Review. He received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for receiving the highest score in his class in International Protection of Human Rights, Pacific Island Legal Systems, and Advanced Constitutional Law. He also earned a Native Hawaiian Law Certificate and a Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Certificate.
Prior to joining the firm, Christopher served as law clerk to Associate Justice Paula A. Nakayama of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Previous to earning his legal degree, he spent two years in Japan as an assistant language teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Currently, Christopher volunteers with the Hawaii Speech League, serving as a judge at high school speech and debate tournaments. A member of the debate team at Iolani School, it was Christopher’s knack for public speaking and presentations, together with his zeal for extensive reading, writing and research, which sparked his interest in the legal profession.
Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages, magna cum laude, from Lewis & Clark College. During the course of his undergraduate studies, Christopher studied abroad in China and Japan.
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Hawaii State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Hawaii Speech League (volunteer judge)
- JET Program Alumni Association of Hawaii
- U.S. District Court (District of Hawaii)
- Introduction to Symposium, The Moon Court Era, 33 U. Haw. L. Rev. 439 (2011) (with Lynda L. Arakawa)