JOHN NISHIMOTO, ESQ
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Mr. Nishimoto until December, 2020 was a senior partner in the law firm of Chong, Nishimoto, Sia, Nakamura & Goya at which time he retired from his active law practice. He joined the firm in 1981, became a partner in 1986 and has concentrated his practice in the general area of personal injury defense. He has been involved in the asbestos litigation and served as lead medical counsel in Hawaii for the members of the Asbestos Claims Facility from approximately 1987 to 1992. He thereafter changed the emphasis of his litigation practice to the defense of legal malpractice and medical malpractice claims.
Mr. Nishimoto received his undergraduate education at the University of San Francisco, where he majored in political science and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He attended Southwestern University School of Law and obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 1976. He was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 1976.
From April 1977 to March 1981, Mr. Nishimoto was a Deputy Corporation Counsel with the Department of the Corporation Counsel, City and County of Honolulu. As a Deputy Corporation Counsel, Mr. Nishimoto worked in the Counseling and Drafting Division where he primarily advised various City and County agencies. He subsequently transferred to the Trials Division and became involved in litigation matters involving the City, its agencies and employees. On March 16, 1981, Mr. Nishimoto left public sector law and became an associate with the firm. Since 1980, he has represented clients in over seventy cases which have been tried to verdict in either the State or Federal courts of Hawaii. In addition, he has handled arbitrations, administrative hearings and appellate matters before the Hawaii Courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Nishimoto has been a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel, an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also affiliated with the Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute, Inc.
From 2005 until his retirement, Mr. Nishimoto has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and The Best Lawyers in Hawaii for his work in personal injury litigation and medical malpractice law. He has also been recognized for his trial work in Chambers USA.