Calvert G. Chipchase


With expertise in commercial and real property litigation land use, zoning and entitlements and employment, Cal offers clients a practical approach to achieve balance between business considerations and zealous advocacy.

A second generation Hawai‘i lawyer, Cal earned his law degree from the University of Hawai‘i, William S. Richardson School of Law, where he was the class valedictorian and a member of the Hawai‘i Law Review Editorial Board. Before joining Cades Schutte, Cal clerked for the Honorable Richard R. Clifton, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Alan C. Kay, United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i.

A frequent Lecturer in law and guest lecturer, Cal has taught courses at the Richardson School of law for the past ten years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Cal regularly speaks to business groups and provides continuing legal education seminars to businesses, realtors and planners.

Commercial and Real Estate Litigation

  • Litigation in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation involving complex corporate and business issues; commercial and agricultural leases; contract, tort and fiduciary duty claims; trade secrets and intellectual property; agency and partnership disputes; antitrust and trade practices; shareholder direct and derivative claims; and financing and development disputes
  • Insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, arbitration and mediation for insureds in state and federal courts involving title, commercial general liability and directors and officers insurance
  • Administrative proceedings, appeals and litigation concerning procurement and other government contracting, audit and administrative enforcement actions

Land Use, Zoning and Entitlements

  • Land use entitlements and permitting, Important Agricultural Land designations, environmental assessments and impact statements, due diligence reviews, native land rights and traditional uses, archaeological, historic preservation and Island Burial Council matters, water rights and defense of enforcement actions
  • Contested cases and other proceedings before state and county councils, boards and commissions
  • Administrative appeals and litigation involving statutory and constitutional issues, vested rights and other entitlements

Employment and Labor Relations

  • Litigation in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation involving non-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements; trade secrets; and tort and wrongful termination claims
  • Internal investigations for public and private institutions

Awards and Honors

  • Honorable Richard R. Clifton, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Law Clerk, (2004-2005)
  • Honorable Alan C. Kay, United States District Court for the District of Hawai`i Law Clerk, (2003-2004)
  • Elected to Serve as a U.S. District Court Lawyer Delegate, U.S. District Court, District of Hawai`i
  • Pacific Century Fellows, Class of 2015
  • Best Lawyers of America®, 2014 – 2016
  • Super Lawyers List, 2015
  • Chambers & Partners, Hawai‘i’s Leading Lawyers, Up and Coming for General Commercial Litigation, 2014 – 2015
  • Pacific Business News “Forty Under 40” Class of 2013
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, 2007


  • J.D. (2002), University of Hawai`i, William S. Richardson School of Law, Valedictorian, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Colorado State University (1999), Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude


  • All courts of the State of Hawai`i
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawai`i
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • American Planning Association
  • Lamda Alpha International – Honorary Society for Law and Economics
  • Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation Section, Director, 2015-present
  • Litigation Counsel of American Fellow – Honorary Society for Trial Lawyers
  • Urban land Institute
  • American Bar Association and Hawai`i State Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Catholic Charities of Hawai`i, Director, 2015-present
  • American Judicature Society, Director, 2014-present
  • Chaminade University Educational Foundation, Trustee, 2008-present
  • HUGS – Help Understanding and Group Support, Director, 2014-present


Cal is a contributing author to the Hawai`i State Bar Association’s Hawai`i Appellate Practice Manual (2012) and Federal Appellate Practice Manual (2013). Cal also authored the American Bar Association’s manual for federal district court law clerks titled Federal District Court Law Clerk Handbook (2007) and coauthored chapters for the American Bar Association’s desk book on condemnation, Eminent Domain: A Handbook of Condemnation Law (2011), and the Environmental Law Institute’s review of water regulations titled Wet Growth: Should Water Law Control Land Use (2005). In addition, Cal has published articles in several journals, including the University of Hawai‘i Law Review and the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Copies of Cal’s publications are available upon request.

  • University of Hawai`i, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and American Institute of Certified Planners, Joint Environmental Law and Continuing Legal Education Course (2015)
  • Hawai`i Land Use Law Conference, Zoning Law and Variances Panel (2015)
  • Hawai`i Association of Realtors Continuing Education Courses (2009–2015)
  • Annual Hawai`i State Bar Association Conference, Appellate Practice (2012)
  • Annual Meeting of the Hawai`i Congress of Planning Officials, Comprehensive Land Use Law Update and Continuing Legal Education Course (2011)