THOMAS J. MITRANO, ESQ.
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Thomas J. Mitrano is a business professional, trainer, facilitator, mediator, and attorney. He has managerial, operational, and planning expertise in the high-tech, architecture, and visitor industries, as well as in banking and in the non-profit sector. He is a talented writer, speaker, and legislative lobbyist.
Mr. Mitrano specializes in facilitated mediation, where the interpersonal process for reaching agreement is more important than the subject matter of the dispute itself.
An experienced facilitator in the community, government, private, and non-profit sectors, Mr. Mitrano has facilitated hundreds of training sessions, partnering workshops, single- and multi-party conflict-resolution sessions, planning meetings, and brainstorming sessions. He has provided facilitation services to three gubernatorial administrations, several legislators, government agencies, many local communities, public and private sector unions, dozens of for-profit and not-for-profit companies, educational institutions, and churches, often in settings of controversy.
Mr. Mitrano has recently facilitated statewide community EIS meetings regarding the Hawai`i Superferry (HDOT); statewide
community meetings regarding the state water management plan (HWRM Commission); a citizens and users Ad Hoc Group to advise the Board of Land and Natural Resources on long-term parking alternatives for the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor in Waikiki; a complex
multi-agency bottom-fish regulatory planning workshop for the Pacific Islands Fisheries Council; formation of a water management working group for the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park (National Park Service); strategic planning for the YWCA, Hawai`i Island (Hilo), the Hawai`i Coalition for Dads, the Waialae Public Charter School, and Ho`ala School; conducted public meetings related to gill-lay-net regulations; facilitated EIS and DEIS hearings related to a munitions wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for the U.S. Navy, and remediation efforts at the Iao Stream, Maui, for the U.S. Corps of Engineers; and facilitated public meetings dealing with landscaping of public areas for the Kailua Bay Advisory Council. During 2007, he was process facilitator for the Act 259 Task Force (state mandated planning for 4-year-old early education); was co-facilitator of a series of public meetings to help develop the State of Hawai`i, Department of Transportation, Kahului Harbor 2030 Plan; is facilitator for the Early Learning Council established by the Legislature in 2008 to oversee development of the State’s pre-kindergarten programs; and is co-facilitator of a five-year series of community visioning workshops for a large regional mixed-use development near Mililani, O`ahu, Hawai`i. In 2003-2004, the Honolulu City Council engaged Mitrano to facilitate a panel representing divergent opinions to provide recommendations for improving a controversial county ordinance.
A resident of Hawaii since 1982, Mr. Mitrano is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Harvard Law School. He is admitted to practice law in Hawaii, California, and before several federal courts.
Mr. Mitrano held managerial positions with Outrigger Hotels, Bank of Hawaii, WATG (formerly, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo); Hawaii In-House General Counsel, Operations Officer), the Ohana Foundation (Legal Services Coordinator and Business Development Director), and AM Partners, Inc. (Principal and General Counsel). He has taught a graduate seminar in complex public-private collaborations at the University of Hawaii, and served as a Community Scholar in Residence with the College of Social Sciences there.
Mr. Mitrano has served in many volunteer capacities, including:
Special Education Center of Hawaii (Director, President), Mediation
Center of Hawai`i (Volunteer Mediator), Hawaii Community
Foundation (Governor), Felix Monitoring Board (Director), Chamber of
Commerce of Hawaii (Government Affairs and Visitor Industry
Committees, Chair), Rotary International Group Study Exchange
(Chair, China), Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund (Advisory Board
Member), Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu (President), Hawaii
Convention Park Council (President), Hawaii Business Roundtable
(Hawaii Plan Chair), and Hawaii Council on Economic Education