Damon Key Attorneys Named as HSBA Chairs

DKLKH attorneys Greg W. Kugle, Mark M. Murakami and Courtney S. Kajikawa have been named 2009 Section Chairpersons of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Kugle, a director of the firm, will chair the section on Real Property & Financial Services. Murakami, also a director, who heads the firm’s Maritime and Aviation Practice group, will co-chair the Admiralty section, and Kajikawa, an associate, will head the Probate & Estate Planning section.

Kugle concentrates his practice in the area of litigation, including commercial disputes, construction, land use, real estate, antitrust, product liability, personal injury, aviation, bankruptcy, admiralty and Native Hawaiian rights. He has litigated cases before the Hawaii Circuit Courts and the United States District Court, and has handled appeals before the Hawaii Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Besides heading the Maritime and Aviation Practice group, Murakami practices in the firm’s Business-Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution and Real Estate & Construction practice groups. Recently, Murakami filed a successful amicus brief before the Supreme Court of the United States in Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council on behalf of nine retired Navy admirals, the Navy League of the United States—Honolulu Council, and a coalition of military service organizations. Murakami’s blog, http://www.Hawaiioceanlaw.com covers legal issues relating to the ocean and its maritime use in and around Hawaii, Oceania and beyond.

Kajikawa practices in the firm’s Business and Commercial, Estate Planning, and Immigration Practice Groups. A graduate of Occidental College, Kajikawa volunteers her time with the Occidental College Alumni Association, the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce and the YWCA. Kajikawa has clerked for the Honorable Colleen K. Hirai, Chief Judge of the First Circuit and the current Probate Judge.