Honors & Accolades
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert has been recognized by various organizations, publications and our peers for ethics and legal expertise. Honors some of our attorneys and our firm have earned include:
2019 Lawyer of the Year & Best Lawyers in America
Congratulations to Robert H. Thomas on being selected Lawyer of the Year and our colleagues on being selected to the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. At Damon Key we are independent thinkers, yet work as a team to provide excellent service to our clients.
2018 Lawyer of the Year & Best Lawyers in America
Congratulations to Robert H. Thomas on being selected Lawyer of the Year and our colleagues on being selected to the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Our inclusion in Best Lawyers in Business Organizations, Commercial Litigation, Construction, Corporate, Eminent Domain & Condemnation, Employment Law-Management, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure, Real Estate, and Trusts & Estates demonstrates our continuing commitment to serving Hawaii’s people and businesses with excellence.
2017 Lawyers of the Year & Best Lawyers in America
Congratulations to nine of our colleagues on being selected to the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America. We are especially thrilled that three of our partners, Kenneth R. Kupchak, Gregory W. Kugle and Robert H. Thomas, were named Lawyers of the Year for 2017. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.
2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm
U.S. News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.
2017 Super Lawyers
Nine of our partners, Kenneth R. Kupchak, Gregory W. Kugle, Robert H. Thomas, Mark M. Murakami, Douglas C. Smith, Anna H. Oshiro, Michael A. Yoshida, David P. McCauley and Matthew Evans, have been named to the list of the Hawaii Super Lawyers. Many of our partners and associates have been included in the list for several years. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
2016 Best Lawyers in America
Congratulations to nine of our colleagues on being selected for inclusion in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
2015 Best Lawyers
Nine of our partners have been recognized as Best Lawyers, including Kenneth R. Kupchak and Douglas C. Smith, honored as Lawyers of the Year.
2014 Best Lawyers
Nine of our partners have been recognized as Best Lawyers, including Robert H. Thomas, honored as Lawyer of the Year.
2013 Lawyers of the Year
Our firm is honored that Douglas C. Smith, Mark M. Murakami, Christine A. Kubota and Greg W. Kugle have been chosen as Lawyers of the Year in their fields. Through a very selective process, only attorneys recognized on the Best Lawyers list are considered for this high honor.
Mark M. Murakami
On October 19, 2013, Mark M. Murakami was promoted to Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mark, is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Over half of Mark’s life has been in service. Because the Coast Guard is significantly smaller than the other armed services, there are correspondingly fewer Captains (a Captain, an O-6, equates to a Colonel in the other services).