Hawaiian firm Cades Schutte was founded in 1922 in Honolulu, and
the seeds of loyalty between the firm and its employees have been
sown since its inception. No group of three or more partners has
left the firm since its founding, and most partners were former
associates at the firm. Despite lower-than-mainland salaries, many
associates find the perks of island life to be worth a pay cut.
Cades Schutte is a go-to firm in Hawaii in the areas of bankruptcy,
corporate, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and tax
Cades Schutte makes an appearance on the resumes of many big
names in Hawaii. Partners from the firm have gone on to become
presidents of Hawaii "Big Five" corporations, a federal district
judge, a Ninth Circuit judge, general counsels to a major telephone
company and financial institutions in Hawaii, the chief executive
of the largest health care system in Hawaii and the president of
the Hawaii State Bar Association.
Mahalo, Cades Schutte
Maybe it's got something to do with the eternal sun, sand, and
surf: attorneys at Cades Schutte are inspired to do good for their
community. Two firm partners founded the Cades Foundation, a
philanthropic organization which sponsors scholarships for students
of the University of Hawaii's School of Law. Partner Richard
Epstein is on the board of the Hawaii Forgiveness Project, which
aims to "bring greater harmony to [Hawaii's] people." The firm has
received a "pacesetter" donor distinction by Aloha United Way, and
supports Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and cultural organizations
like the Manoa Valley Theater and the Honolulu Ballet Theater.
In addition to philanthropy, the firm is committed to diversity
within its ranks. About one-half of Cades Schutte's attorneys are
of native Hawaiian or Asian ancestry and approximately one-third
are women. The firm's management committee is comprised of four
managing partners, two of whom are women.
Who doesn't want to go to Hawaii? The firm capitalizes upon
Hawaii's booming tourism business with a niche practice area in
Hospitality and Resort Property. Its Lodging and Resort Property
Group has counseled the development of and obtained construction
deals for luxury and resort hotels and condominiums, negotiated
transactions of amounts ranging from a $600 million luxury hotel to
a $16,000 timeshare, SEC-registered the first rental pool
hotel/condominium in the U.S. and advised and litigated for cruise
ships, golf courses, restaurants, ocean sports and other tourist
activities companies. The firm has extensive experience with
coastal management, environmental, land use and zoning laws, as
well as historic sites, burial sites and other land rights of
native groups which affect real estate development in Hawaii.
Where in Hawaii is Stevie Wonder?
No room for superstition here. Cades Schutte acted as
"factfinders" to investigate the disappearance of a sum of $200,000
when a Stevie Wonder concert sponsored by the University of Hawaii
to raise funds for its athletic department failed to pan out. Many
suspected that the athletic department officials had acted
unethically and pocketed the profits from the advance ticket sales
themselves. However, the firm generated a 57-page report concluding
that the University was likely a victim of fraud.