WILLIAM DARRAH, ESQ

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    Mr. Darrah is a full-time mediator whose practice is generally limited to helping divorcing spouses resolve more complex financial issues.

    Mr. Darrah began his family law practice in Hawaii in 1976. Over time, he came to mostly represent divorcing businesspeople, professionals, and others with more involved financial circumstances, and their spouses. At the same time, he worked with many other family law professionals to elevate the standard of divorce law practice in Hawaii. He is a three-time former chairperson of the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) Family Law Section (FLS). He is the first Best Lawyers in America “Hawaii Family Lawyer of the Year” by vote of his Best Lawyers colleagues. He is Martindale Hubbell AV-rated, and a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

    After 43 years, Mr. Darrah retired from the private practice of law in 2019 in order to mediate full-time.

    Mr. Darrah has been a divorce mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific (MCP) for over 40 years. He is a member of MCP’s Board of Directors. He regularly conducts workshops with the MCP mediators on divorce mediation best practices, and mediating divorce property division, child support, child healthcare, and child education, and spousal support, in particular.

    I have learned through many years of mediating cases, especially when it comes to the resolution of more complicated financial divorce issues, mediation can be so much faster, less expensive, and more satisfying to the client, than the alternative.

    Believing that when we share our knowledge, we all profit, for over 30 years Mr. Darrah has been the editor, and now the co-editor, of the Hawaii Divorce Manual, the principal resource for Hawaii’s divorce lawyers and judges. He co-presents Divorce Law in Hawaii, the monthly public education program sponsored by the Judiciary and the Mediation Center of the Pacific on the general law and process of divorce, a program which Mr. Darrah created more than 20 years ago. Mr. Darrah is the co-author of “Divorce in Hawaii – New Law” which will appear in the July 2024 issue of the Hawaii Bar Journal, as well as the author of many other articles regarding divorce law and practice in Hawaii, including divorce mediation, which have appeared in the Journal, and in other publications, over the years.

    Mr. Darrah is also the co-author of Section 17 in the 2023 Supplement to the Hawaii Divorce Manual which describes all forms of ADR available to divorcing spouses.

    Mr. Darrah is also a member of the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission’s “Committee on Maximizing the Use of Available Resources for Separating and Divorcing Families in Hawaii”, a committee created in 2023 in response to a proposal by Mr. Darrah made in part to advance divorce ADR in Hawaii.

    Mr. Darrah has received numerous awards and distinctions for his work on behalf of Hawaii’s families and children, and Hawaii’s family law professionals.

    Mr. Darrah is originally from Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead scholar, and a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root Tilden Scholar. He first came to Hawaii in 1971 to work for the environmental group Life of the Land as a law student volunteer, and Hawaii has been his home ever since.

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