JAMES KAWASHIMA, ESQ.

    PANEL LOCATION

    All neutrals on the DPR Panel are willing to travel to the neighbor islands and the mainland. If you have any questions, please contact DPR at (808) 523-1234

    My name is James Kawashima and I have been practicing law in the State of Hawaii since 1972. I received a BA degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon in 1964 and after a 4-year stint as an officer in the U.S. Navy attended and received a J.D. degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1972.

    My career in the law has been devoted to being a part of several law firms, three among them being Watanabe Ing & Kawashima, Kobayashi Watanabe Sugita & Kawashima, and Kawashima Lorusso, LLP and my entire practice has been devoted to the civil practice of law, almost exclusively trying jury cases. During my 44+ years of practice, I have tried over 50 cases to jury verdict as lead counsel.

    The areas of law in which I have practiced extensively and in which I feel qualified to mediate and arbitrate cases include:

    1. Injury/Torts;
    2. Trusts & Estates;
    3. Employment/Labor;
    4. Insurance, coverage and defense;
    5. Professional Malpractice, Defense of;
    6. Real Property; and
    7. Commercial/Business.

    I am an active member of the following “by invitation only” national trial honoraries, including:

    1. The American College of Trial Lawyers;
    2. The American Board of Trial Advocates; and
    3. The International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

    I served an Adjunct Professor of Law from 1988 to 1994 at the William Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, teaching trial-related courses and served from 1997 to 2003 an HSBA-elected member of the State Judicial Selection Commission.

    Over the years, I have served on numerous cases as a mediator and arbitrator, including cases involving catastrophic injuries, professional (medical, legal and real estate) malpractice, Trust & Estates and commercial and business disputes.

    I look forward to serving parties in the most difficult of disputes facing them and bringing these disputes to successful and amicable resolutions.

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