Ross Uehara-Tilton is an Associate in the firm’s Tax Planning, Compliance and Audits, Trust and Probate Litigation, Estate Planning, Business and Commercial Law, Appellate Litigation, and Family Law practice groups. He earned his law degree from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, where he served as Co-Editor-in-Chief and Staff Writer for the University of Hawaii Law Review.
Ross was awarded the CALI Award in Federal Income Taxation, Corporate and Partnership Taxation, Second Year Seminar, and Legal Practice I for the highest grade in each of those courses, and was a team member on the briefs for the International Environmental Law Moot Court Team. He also served as President and Treasurer of the William S. Richardson School of Law Class of 2017, a non-profit corporation which he helped to organize for fundraising purposes. A portion of the funds that the non-profit raised were used to update classroom technology at the law school.
Ross is a candidate for an LL.M. (Masters of Laws) degree in Taxation at Boston University, an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree, working towards furthering his specialization and skills in tax planning, compliance and audits. He holds a Certified Public Accountant Certificate, and will be eligible for licensure as a CPA following completion of the mandatory work experience requirements.
In 2016, Ross served as a Summer Associate at Damon Key. Prior to that, he was a judicial extern to Susan Oki Mollway, the then-Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, where he conducted extensive legal writing and research for a wide variety of civil and criminal cases in federal court. In 2012, during his undergraduate studies, Ross was a paralegal intern in the State of Hawaii Office of the Public Defender. For nine years prior to joining Damon Key, he served as paralegal at a small local law firm—practicing primarily in the areas of family law, consumer bankruptcy, estate planning, and civil litigation—a job he started while in high school.
Ross received a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Hawaii, concurrently with his B.B.A. in Accounting, magna cum laude, from the University of Hawaii West Oahu. He was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Tau Psi Chapter, serving as Vice President in 2012 and 2013.
Ross is a graduate of Punahou School and currently lives in Mililani. Since 2011, his community service work has focused primarily on children and family law. He serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (Guardian ad Litem) for children involved in Hawaii’s foster care system through the Family Court’s CASA Program, as well as a Group Facilitator for Kids First, a mandatory program for children and families going through divorce or paternity cases in Hawaii.
Professional and Community Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Business Law Section
- Family Law Section
- Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section
- Taxation Section
- Hawaii State Bar Association
- Probate and Estate Section
- Real Property & Financial Services Section
- Tax Section, Director (2018), Vice-Chair (2019)
- Hawaii Estate Planning Council
- State of Hawaii
- U.S. District Court (District of Hawaii)