Founded in 1857, Carlsmith Ball is Hawaii's oldest law firm and
is steeped in Hawaii's history. The firm was founded as the solo
practice of David H. Hitchcock, who was later joined by Carl S.
Carlsmith. The firm has grown from a solo practice with one office
in Hilo, Hawaii to an international law firm of nearly 100
attorneys with four offices across Hawaii, an office in Los Angeles
and one in Guam. As the largest law firm in Hawaii, the firm has
acquired a roster of clients that include Fortune 500 companies;
small and mid-size corporations; banks; international, federal,
state, and local governments; and individuals.
Ahead of its Time
Carlsmith Ball established itself as a forward-thinking firm
when in 1888, the firm employed the first woman attorney in the
entire state of Hawaii, who also happened to be the daughter of the
firm's founder, David H. Hitchcock. Not only that, but the firm has
been at the forefront of legal services in the Pacific and U.S.
Mainland, providing legal services to Hawaii's first condominium
project. Today, the firm's areas of expertise have expanded to
include real estate, land development, banking, foreign investment
Getting Some Sun Shined on Them
The firm's reputation extends beyond the Aloha State. U.S. News
and The Best Lawyers in America® listed the firm in Tier 1 in 15
practice areas and 27 Carlsmith Ball attorneys were listed in the
2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Chambers and Partners
USA ranked Carlsmith Ball as one of America's Leading Lawyers for
Business, calling the firm as "strong across the board." The firm's
accolades don't stop there; because of the attorney's constant help
in assisting organizations with limited funding, Carlsmith Ball was
awarded the Leadership Circle Recognition Award at the Legal Aid
Society of Hawaii's 65th Anniversary Gala.