Kumau Pineda-Akiona joined the firm in 2012. He is a litigator, and focuses his practice in the areas of real estate, land use, construction, business disputes, commercial landlord-tenant matters, and trust and estate litigation. He is a member of the firm’s following practice groups: Trial & Appellate Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation; Real Estate, Land Use & Eminent Domain; Construction Law; and Insurance Coverage Litigation. He received his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, where he served as a member of the University of Hawaii Law Review.
During law school, Kumau received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grade in Constitutional Law I, Second Year Seminar, and Legal Practice I, and was the recipient of the C. Jepson Garland Memorial Scholarship Award and the University of Hawaii Graduate Division Achievement Scholarship. He served as a Judicial Extern to Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald of the Hawaii Supreme Court and then-First Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Wilson (current Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court), and worked as a legislative intern at the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Judiciary & Labor. He also competed on the Hispanic Moot Court Team.
Prior to attending law school, Kumau served as the general manager of a Hawaii-based retailer and manufacturer. He was raised on Molokai and is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools at Kapalama.
- Hawaii State Bar Association: Leadership Institute Fellow (2016)
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Young Professionals Program
- Meritas: Young Lawyer Liaison (2016 – Present)
Community Service/Pro Bono
- Hookakoo Corporation: Board Member (2015 – Present), Vice-Chair (2016 – Present)
- Kamehameha Schools: Launa Ike (2014 – Present)
- HSBA Young Lawyers Division: Oahu Director (2017), College and Career Fairs Chair (2017), Mock Trial committee (2017), New Law Student Orientation committee (2017), Junior Judges Program (2015 – Present), Legal Line Hotline (2016 – Present)
- Hawaii State Judiciary: Access to Justice Room (2014 – Present), Courts in the Community (2016 – Present)
- Hawaii State House of Representatives: Hawaii Next 50 Contest judge (2017)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- The Wash of the Waves: How the Stroke of a Pen Recharacterized Accreted Lands as Public Property, University of Hawaii Law Review (2012) & Ka Nu Hou Real Property Section Newsletter (2012)
- Contributing author, Federal Appellate Practice Manual 2013, Hawaii State Bar Association