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Damon Key Lawyers Attend Event Honoring UH Property Law Professor

December 7, 2017
Damon Key lawyers Mark M. Murakami, Diane Hastert, and Greg Kugle attended a reception at the University of Hawaii Law School recognizing the award of the…

Welcome To The Firm’s (and the Bar’s) Newest Lawyers

December 4, 2017
At the State Senate Chambers, new admittees Andrew Kim, Brooke Hunter, and Ross Uehara-Tilton were sworn as members of the Hawaii Bar, and the Federal Bar….

Ken Kupchak On ThinkTech Hawaii

December 4, 2017
Damon Key’s Ken Kupchak was a return guest on Think Tech Hawaii, talking about his experiences in the Air Force in the Vietnam war.

R & R On The North Shore

December 4, 2017
One weekend in November, the firm attorneys took a little R & R and held a “no work” retreat, which included a beach-side hike on the windswept North Shore….

Damon Key’s Pro Bono Efforts: Access To Justice Room

December 4, 2017
The past few weeks, the firm’s lawyers have been volunteering at the Access to Justice Room, providing pro bono legal help to unrepresented civil litigants in District Court, under…

Brigham-Kanner Property Law Conference at William & Mary Law School

December 4, 2017
Recently, Damon Key’s Robert Thomas (third from left) spoke at the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference at the William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. This year, the…

Damon Key Lawyers Present CLE Sessions at the HSBA Annual Meeting

December 4, 2017
Recently, three Damon Key lawyers were featured speakers at the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. Robert Thomas spoke about “The Top Ten Appellate Traps, and How to…

Greg Kugle and Mark Murakami’s Annual HSBA Property Litigation Update

December 4, 2017
Damon Key lawyers Mark M. Murakami and Gregory Kugle recently presented their annual session to the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Real Property Section on Litigation updates in…

Strengthening Meritas International Ties

December 4, 2017
Hitomi Sakai (second from right), a lawyer in the Tokyo office of our firm’s Meritas affiliate, recently visited our offices. Pictured here with Damon Key’s Megumi Honami,…

Robert Thomas to co-Chair American Law Institute-CLE Conference on Eminent Domain

October 27, 2017
Robert Thomas is the co-planning Chair of the 35th Annual American Law Institute-CLE annual nationwide conference on eminent domain and property law, Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, to…

Tred Eyerly: Solutions to Insurance Puzzles

May 12, 2017
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David McCauley on KHON-2 on Immigration Law

May 5, 2017

Kelly Uwaine to Serve on American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National USCIS Field Operations Committee

May 3, 2017
Kelly Uwaine has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association‘s National…

Chris Kubota to Speak on “Building a Successful International Career,” Friday, June 2, 2017

May 3, 2017
Chris Kubota will be speaking on a panel discussing “Building a Successful International Career” sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii on Friday, June 2, 2017.

Damon Key’s Douglas Smith on KHON on Estate and Tax Planning (5-3-2017)

May 3, 2017
Damon Key’s Doug Smith appeared on KHON-TV2 to talk about the importance of tax and estate planning. Madeleine Young and Megan Lim also answered KHON’s Action…

Meet Megan L.M. Lim

April 1, 2016
Megan L.M. Lim recently joined Damon Key in our Estate Planning practice group. Megan grew up in…

Damon Key’s Mark Murakami on KHON Report on Rail Project

April 1, 2016
Damon Key attorney Mark M. Murakami was interviewed on KHON TV-2 for the evening news for the report “HECO raises concerns over critical, unresolved issues…

Anna Oshiro and Sara Coes in Pacific Business News

April 1, 2016
Damon Key’s Anna Oshiro and Sara Coes were featured in our recent spot in Pacific Business News.

Damon Key Attorneys Present Seminar at Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association

February 13, 2016
Damon Key’s Kelly Morikone and Megumi Honami recently presented a seminar at the Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association. HISLEA…

Damon Key’s Loren Seehase talks to UH Law Students About Interview Skills

February 7, 2016
On February 1, 2016, Damon Key attorney Loren A. Seehase (along with Dean Ronette Kawakami and Dale Lee, Director…

Anna Oshiro in Pacific Business News: Court’s Construction Law Ruling Threatens Economic Growth

May 10, 2015
Damon Key attorney Anna H. Oshiro was quoted in the recent Pacific Business News story “Opponents say…

Ken Kupchak, Tred Eyerly, Mark Murakami in National Press: “Insurer Must Cover Hawaii Dam Litigation

March 31, 2015
Law360 reported on the recent Hawaii Supreme Court victory by Damon Key’s Ken Kupchak, Tred Eyerly,…

Damon Key’s Clare Hanusz a Featured Speaker at UH Panel on Immigration Law

March 24, 2015
On March 31, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., Damon Key Immigration and Naturalization lawyer Clare Hanusz will be a featured panelist…

KHON Report on Damon Key’s Community Meeting re Rail

March 3, 2015
More about the Thursday, March 5, 2015 community meeting about protecting property owners’ rights if…

Property Owners Invited: Honolulu Rail Project Public Informational Meeting, Thursday, March 5, 2015

February 23, 2015
RSVP information below. On Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. at the Farrington High School Cafeteria (

Christopher Leong Elected as Officer of HSBA’s Appellate Law Section

December 17, 2014
Damon Key attorney Christopher J.I. Leong (pictured below, second from right) has been elected as the Vice-Chair of the Hawaii…

Greg Kugle and Mark Murakami Present “2014 Real Estate Litigation Update” to State Bar Assocation

December 6, 2014
Damon Key attorneys Greg Kugle and Mark Murakami recently made a presentation sponsored by the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Real…

From Damon Key’s Immigration Practice Group: Scholars and Former INS/USCIS Attorneys Find President

December 2, 2014
Citing federal statutes, regulations, and historical precedent, 136 law professors wrote a letter to Congress stating that President…

Damon Key Immigration Attorney Clare Hanusz to Speak at Human Trafficking Symposium

December 2, 2014
On January 16, 2015, Damon Key’s Clare Hanusz will be speaking at the “Human Trafficking in Asia and the…

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

November 19, 2014
Damon Key is proud to welcome to our firm our two newest lawyers, Sommerset K.M. Wong and Ikaika B. Rawlins. Deeply…

Summer Associate Hiring Update – September 2014

September 23, 2014
We have completed our hiring process for 2015 Summer Associates, and are therefore no longer accepting applications. Please visit our…

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

September 19, 2014
Damon Key attorney Christine A. Kubota has been reappointed to the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Committee on Court Interpreters and…

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

September 13, 2014
Damon Key Immigration attorney Clare Hanusz will be speaking on a panel discussion about immigration reform following the premiere…

Summer Associate Hiring Update – August 2014

August 25, 2014
Recruiting update: We have completed our on-campus interviews at the University of Hawaii, and are currently in the call-back interview…

Damon Key to Interview at University of Hawaii Law School

July 15, 2014
Damon Key is participating in the University of Hawaii Law School’s on-campus recruiting program. We are currently reviewing materials in…

Damon Key Welcomes Sara E. Coes

May 27, 2014
Please join us in welcoming Sara E. Coes to Damon Key. Sara joined the firm in mid-2014, and is now practicing…

Clare Hanusz Law School Lecture: Victim Interview Techniques and Evidentiary Issues

March 18, 2014
Damon Key immigration lawyer Clare Hanusz recently presented a lecture at the University of Hawaii law school on Victim…

Damon Key Welcomes Christopher Leong

March 17, 2014
The firm welcomes its newest addition, Christopher J.I. Leong, who is now practicing in our Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution…

Mark Murakami Presents “Contested Matters” Chapter in Hawaii Probate Manual

January 10, 2014
On January 10, 2014, Damon Key attorney Mark Murakami presented a session to the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Probate…

Christine Kubota to Lead International Women’s Leadership Summit

December 10, 2013
Damon Key attorney Christine A. Kubota is the Planning Co-chair of the upcoming Women’s Leadership Summit in Hawaii, a…

Welcome to Madeleine M.V. Young

November 5, 2013
Damon Key welcomes our newest lawyer to the firm’s Estate Planning Practice Group, Madeleine M. V. Young. More about her…

Mark Murakami Elected as Bar Association Treasurer

September 28, 2013
In a statewide election, Mark M. Murakami was elected to be the Treasurer of the Hawaii State Bar Association…

Diane D. Hastert Honored as U. Hawaii Law School Dean’s Alumna of the Year

September 28, 2013
Diane D. Hastert was honored at the 10th All-Class Reunion of the University of Hawaii Law School. Diane (Williams S….

Our Law Film Festival “Let’s Film All The Lawyers” – Opening Night at the Honolulu Museum of Art

September 15, 2013
We kicked off our second law film festival, “Let’s Film All The Lawyers,” which we sponsor with the Honolulu Museum…

Legal Alert: Spring/Summer 2013

August 22, 2013
Download our latest Legal Alert, with articles on construction issues, estate planning, and insurance coverage. We also introduce you to…

Christine Kubota to Lead Seminar: Real Estate and Immigration

June 27, 2013
On Thursday, August 8, 2013, from 10 am – noon, Damon Key attorney Christine Kubota will lead a seminar on…

Two Damon Key Attorneys in the News

June 19, 2013
Damon Key lawyers have been in the newspapers recently. First, Greg Kugle was quoted in “Defend Oahu…

Damon Key Welcomes Family Law Attorney Judith A. Schevtchuk

June 17, 2013
Last month, Damon Key welcomed experienced local attorney Judith A. Schevtchuk as Of Counsel to the firm. She will…

Damon Key Attorney Chris Kubota Presents Check To Training Ship Crew

June 17, 2013
Damon Key attorney Christine Kubota currently serves as President of The United Japanese Society of Hawaii, and she recently…

Audio of HSBA Presentation on Amicus Briefing

May 27, 2013
Here is the audio recording of Damon Key lawyer Robert Thomas’s recent presentation to the Hawaii State Bar Association on…

Upcoming Conference: Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law in Hawaii – August 21, 2013

May 27, 2013
On August 21, 2013, The Seminar Group is presenting the Second Annual Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Conference, in Honolulu….

Damon Key Attorney Tred Eyerly’s HSBA Presentation on Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects

May 21, 2013
On May, 21, 2013, Tred Eyerly spoke to the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Litigation Section about the “Group Builders” issue…

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies When Debts Can Be Discharged In Bankruptcy

May 14, 2013
by Michael A. Yoshida On Monday, May 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified when certain debts can be discharged in…

New Court Decision Adds to the Costs of Construction

April 23, 2013
Anna H. Oshiro (aho@hawaiilawyer.com) The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a construction licensing opinion concluding that renovation contractors are…

Damon Key Attorney to Deliver Keynote Address at Virginia Eminent Domain and Takings Law Conference

March 30, 2013
Damon Key attorney Robert Thomas will be delivering the Keynote Address at the 7th Annual Virginia Eminent Domain Conference -…

Anna Oshiro Updates the Construction-Related Bills Moving Through the Hawaii Legislature

March 30, 2013
Anna H. Oshiro has the latest on several important bills working their way through the Hawaii Legislature here.

Damon Key Participates in Access to Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Initiative

March 30, 2013
The firm is participating in the Access to Justice Commission’s Pro Bono Initiative, and last month, Damon Key…

Kupchak, Murakami, in Pacific Business News on Eminent Domain and the Rail Project

March 16, 2013
Ken Kupchak and Mark Murakami were quoted in the Pacific Business News story “Land acquisition for rail could…

Eyerly to Speak at ABA Insurance Conference in Tucson

February 25, 2013
Damon Key attorney Tred Eyerly will be speaking at the upcoming American Bar Association Litigation Section’s conference on Insurance…

Damon Key Honored by Legislature for Pro Bono Efforts

February 23, 2013
In February, Damon Key attorneys Mark Murakami, Bethany Ace, and Tred Eyerly represented the firm at the Access to Justice…

Damon Key Attorney Mark Murakami to Speak on Property Law and the PLDC at UH Law School

February 23, 2013
On Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 7:15 – 8:309 p.m. in Classroom #2, the University of Hawaii Law School is…

Damon Key Construction Law Attorneys File Brief in Hawaii Supreme Court on Licensing Issues

January 2, 2013
This case involves contractors’ licensing and whether the holder of a specialty renovation license is entitled to do certain specialty…

Federal Ct Complaint: City violates federal, state laws by blocking development of senior housing

November 1, 2012
Huapala Senior Care E, LLC, a developer of residential housing for elderly residents of Manoa Valley, today filed a lawsuit…

U.S. News/Best Lawyers: Damon Key among “Best Law Firms”

November 1, 2012
We’re pleased to announce that the firm has received Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 edition of U.S. News/Best Lawyers…

Damon Key and Honolulu Museum of Art Partner on Law Film Series

September 14, 2012
In early September, we partnered with the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art to present “The First…

Welcome to Bethany Ace

September 14, 2012
We’re pleased to announce that Bethany Ace has joined the firm. Ace is a member of the firm’s appellate practice,…

Four Damon Key Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year”

September 14, 2012
Four Damon Key attorneys have been named as the “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas: Christine…

Land Use Cases of Interest

September 17, 2011
Here‘s a list of land use and related cases that are worth following, or that have been decided…

David McCauley Reports: Plenty of H-1B Visas Available

September 15, 2011
David McCauley – one of Hawaii’s “Superlawyers” in Immigration Law and head of the firm’s Immigration and Naturalization group…

Follow Us On Facebook

September 12, 2011
We’ve launched our Facebook page. Go here, or visit Facebook.com/Damon.Key.hawaiilawyer to follow…

Damon Key Attorneys Author Chapters in ABA Eminent Domain Book

September 12, 2011
Damon Key attorneys contributed three chapters to a book on eminent domain law, recently published by the ABA, Eminent Domain…

Robert Thomas to Speak on Government Ethics at ABA Meeting

September 12, 2011
As part of the Fall Meeting of the ABA’s Section of State & Local Government Law in Tucson, on Thursday,…

Tred Eyerly on Faculty of Insurance Law Seminar

July 31, 2011
Tred Eyerly will be a co-presenter at an insurance seminar hosted by Sterling Education Services on August 18, 2011….

Alert: GET Exemptions Suspended As Of July 1, 2011

July 4, 2011
Effective July 1, 2011, the Hawaii general excise and use tax exemption for certain persons and business activities is suspended…

James C. McWhinnie Receives Prestigious Grahovac Award

May 24, 2011
Meritas Law Firms Worldwide has announced that Honolulu attorney James C. McWhinnie is the recipient of the 2011 Grahovac…

Keeping Track of Rail

May 10, 2011
by Christi-Anne H. Kudo Chock Honolulu rail, officially referred to as the “High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project,” will generate its share of…

Special Update as of March 11: Relief for Japanese and Other Nationals from the Pacific

March 14, 2011
This advisory is for Japanese and other foreign nationals from the Pacific stranded in the United States due to the…

Meeting the Mayor

March 8, 2011
In Carlisle talks about rail, budget woes, the Pacific Business News writes about the breakfast meeting with Honolulu…

Anna Oshiro and Mark Murakami Noted in PBN Article “Verdict exposes contractors to liability risks”

February 8, 2011
Damon Key attorneys Anna Oshiro and Mark Murakami were quoted in the Pacific Business News article “Verdict exposes…

Damon Key Earns Recertification in Meritas, a Global Alliance of Business Law

February 7, 2011
The firm has been awarded recertification in Meritas, a global alliance of full service business law firms. Damon Key Leong…

Greg Kugle To Speak To HSBA On Shoreline Issues (2/18/2011)

February 7, 2011
On Friday, February 18, 2011 from noon to 1:00 p.m., Greg Kugle will be speaking to the Hawaii State…

Damon Key Welcomes New Associate

January 10, 2011
Damon Key welcomes our newest associate, Sara Mostafa-Ray! Fluent in Spanish and Arabic, Sara is part of our Immigration…

Damon Key To Sponsor 5th Hawaii Land Use Law Conference (Jan 13-14, 2011)

December 22, 2010
On January 13 and 14, 2011, The Seminar Group will be holding the 5th Hawaii…

Vermont Law Review Publishes Article on Beach Takings by Damon Key Attorneys

December 22, 2010
The Vermont Law Review has published an article authored by Damon Key attorneys Robert H. Thomas, Mark M….

Damon Key Featured in MidWeek: “Continuing Founders’ Legacy”

December 8, 2010
The December 8, 2010 edition of Midweek featured a story on the firm. “Continuing Founders’ Legacy” is about…

Damon Key Attorney Publishes Law Review Article on Eminent Domain

December 8, 2010
Robert Thomas, an attorney with the firm’s Land Use practice group, has published Recent Developments in Challenging the Right to…

Damon Key Attorneys Author ABA Article

August 4, 2010
Mark Murakami and Tred Eyerly‘s article, “Getting Around LHWCA’s Exclusion Remedy Roadblock – Injured Employee’s Claims Against…

McWhinnie Reappointed to the Special Committee on Judicial Performance

May 11, 2010
Damon Key partner James C. McWhinnie was reappointed as member of the Special Committee on Judicial Performance.

Jim McWhinnie Featured in Pacific Business News Article

February 9, 2010
Damon Key attorney Jim McWhinnie is featured in the February 5, 2010 Pacific Business News report Civil suits…

Chris Kubota Featured in Hawaii Business Story “The Business of Love”

January 29, 2010
Damon Key partner Christine Kubota is featured in a story in the February 2010 Hawaii Business magazine, “

Thomas to Speak to Government Lawyers on Land Use Exactions

January 8, 2010
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, Damon Key attorney Robert Thomas will be speaking at a teleconference on land use…

Damon Key Attorney to Lead National Program on Constitutional Law

December 31, 2009
On February 25, 2010, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Eastern (12:30 CT, 11:30 a.m. MT, 10:30 PT, and 8:30 HST),…

Damon Key Law Blogger Celebrates Second Anniversary

December 10, 2009
Tred Eyerly, who researches and publishes one of the nation’s leading blogs on insurance law – Insurance Law…

Kupchak, Oshiro, Eyerly Author Hawaii Real Estate Law Manual Chapters

November 16, 2009
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert attorneys Kenneth R. Kupchak, director; Anna H. Oshiro, director; and Tred Eyerly,…

Homeland Security Recinds “Safe Harbor” Rule

October 22, 2009
On October 7, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rescinded its so-called “safe harbor” rule that had specified the steps…

FCC’s Proposed Internet Service Provider Rules Opposed by Sen. McCain

October 22, 2009
On October 22, the Federal Communications Commission proposed new “Net Neutrality” rules which would prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) from…

Damon Key Attorneys Prevail in Hawaii Supreme Court Election Case

October 20, 2009
On October 20, 2009, the Hawaii Supreme Court held that in order to register as a voter, a person must…

Thomas to Speak at Small Business Hawaii

October 19, 2009
On Thursday, October 29, 2009, Damon Key attorney Robert Thomas will be speaking to Smart Business Hawaii (formerly Small…

Damon Key Law Blogger Enters Third Year

October 19, 2009
Damon Key attorney Mark Murakami celebrates the second anniversary of his law blog, hawaiiloceanlaw.com. “Well, it was last…

Damon Key Attorneys File U.S. Supreme Court Brief

October 15, 2009
Damon Key attorneys Robert Thomas, Mark Murakami, and Tred Eyerly filed an amicus brief in the U.S….

Insurance Law Hawaii Blog Gets Shout Out

October 14, 2009
Tred Eyerly, who writes a blog on insurance law got a shout out—a rave review, sometimes called…

Thomas Heads ABA Condemnation Law Committee

October 13, 2009
At the recent American Bar Association annual meeting in Chicago, Damon Key director Robert H. Thomas was named Chair…

“Corporate Counsel” Publication Sees Benefits of Meritas

September 17, 2009
Damon Key is Hawaii’s only Meritas member firm. The affiliation, explained in this Law.com Corporate Counsel publication, gives our…

Kupchak, Oshiro Address State Bar Convention

September 11, 2009
Kenneth R. Kupchak and Anna Oshiro, firm directors, presented to the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Sept. 18 convention on construction…

Hastert Nominated to Second Term on National Easter Seals Board

September 11, 2009
Diane Hastert, whose practice focuses on complex litigation and dispute resolution, has been nominated to a second term on…

Kubota Addresses Business/Cultural Issues

July 8, 2009
At the Wahine in Hawaii Business Forum Christine Kubota, one of the firm’s directors, discussed the need for a basic…

Kupchak, Hastert, McWhinnie and Smith “Best Lawyers”

July 1, 2009
Kenneth Kupchak, Diane Hastert, James McWhinnie and Douglas Smith have been named Best Lawyers of 2009 by the vote of…

Kajikawa Named HSBA Leadership Institute Fellow

July 1, 2009
The Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) has named Courtney S. Kajikawa, a firm associate, as one of its 15 fellows…

Shin is one of Hawaii’s top Forty Under 40

June 17, 2009
Michelle Shin was selected as one of Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40 in 2009. Awardees, all under the…

Frank Damon presented O in Life Award

June 3, 2009
Frank Damon, a founding partner of the firm, was presented the O in Life Award, Punahou Alumni Association’s most prestigious…

Doug Smith Named 2009 Elsine Katz Volunteer Leader of the Year

June 2, 2009
In the picture: Ray Bishop, Chairman of the Board, Goodwill Industries International; Doug Smith; Laura Robertson, President/CEO, Goodwill Industries of…

Meritas Recertifies DKLKH as Exclusive Hawaii Affiliate

June 1, 2009
Meritas, a global alliance of top-rated business law firms, has recertified its sole Hawai`i affiliate, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert…

Damon Key Attorneys Named as HSBA Chairs

February 11, 2009
DKLKH attorneys Greg W. Kugle, Mark M. Murakami and Courtney S. Kajikawa have been named 2009 Section Chairpersons of the…

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