About Cades Schutte LLP
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 law.
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.
IN THE NEWS
Home Sweet Home
Cades Schutte serves as lead counsel for the development of a multi-phase workforce housing condominium project with over 1,000 units in urban Honolulu. Phase I was completed in 2015; Phase II is scheduled for completion in 2017.
A Healthy Outlook
Cades continues to advise the Maui Region Board of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation in connection with the pending transfer of the Maui Memorial Medical Center to Kaiser Permanente. Maui Memorial Medical Center is Maui’s only full-service, acute medical care facility and is the only hospital outside of Oahu that provides a full range of cardiac services, including open-heart surgery and angioplasty. Implementation of the transfer is scheduled for late 2016.
Cades opened its fifth office in the state of Hawaii. Located in downtown Lihue on the island of Kauai, this opening marks the next chapter in the law firm’s dedication to all of Hawaii. The firm has traditionally represented clients on Kauai, and this will increase the convenience of serving clients more efficiently and effectively by having an office and dedicated legal team on the island.
Insurance Policyholder Strikes Back
Cades represented the policyholder on a lender’s policy of title insurance in the recovery from a national title insurance company of the policy amount of $2,400,000. Cades achieved a published opinion from the Hawaii Supreme Court reviving the policyholder’s claim for bad faith delay of 2-1/2 years in payment and placing the burden on the insurance company to show whether its conduct was reasonable.
1000 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 521-9200
Management Committee: Rhonda L. Griswold, Grace Nihei Kido, Kelly G. LaPorte, Marc E. Rousseau
Total No. Attorneys 2020:
50 - 100
Salary not disclosed.
No. of U.S. Offices: 5
No. of International Offices: 0
Honolulu, HI (HQ)
Banking & Finance
China Practice Group
Clothing and Accessories
Commercial & Real Estate Litigation
Construction Law & Litigation
Corporate & Business Law
Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
Digital Media & Internet Law
Educational Institutions Law
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Employment Law & Labor Relations
Energy, Communications, Information Technology & Public Utilities
Estate Planning, Trust Administration & Probate
First Amendment, Advertising and Media
Food and Beverage
Franchise and Distribution
Hospitality & Resort Property
Hospitality, Travel, and Tourism
Insurance Defense & Professional Liability
Land Use, Zoning & Entitlements
Media, Advertising & Entertainment
Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations
Technology & Electronic Commerce
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) / Drones