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About Carlsmith Ball LLP

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 and litigation.


Carlsmith Ball LLP

1001 Bishop St.
Suite 2200
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 523-2500

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Michelle C. Imata
Total No. Attorneys 2021:
50 - 100

Base Salary

Salary not disclosed.

Employment Contact

No. of U.S. Offices: 4

No. of International Offices: 0

Major Office Locations

Honolulu, HI (HQ)
Hilo, HI
Kailua-Kona, HI
Wailuku, Maui, HI

Major Departments

Administrative & Regulatory
Banking & Finance
Business Formation & Operations
Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
Mergers & Acquisitions
Real Estate & Project Development
Tax, Estate Planning & Pension