Gino L. Gabrio

Of Counsel

Gino is regularly in the office from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hawai`i time in order to service clients on the East Coast and the Far East.  He is the Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.

Gino joined Cades Schutte from law school in 1982, became a partner in 1987, and is now of counsel. His practice focuses on real estate transactions, commercial leasing, development financing and documentation, Federal and State real estate regulation, including consumer credit and water rights.

  • Lead Counsel, $350M+ Multiple Retail, Office and Industrial Parcel Acquisition
  • Lead Counsel, $370M+ Disposition of Multiple Shopping Centers and Office Buildings
  • Lead Counsel, $100M+ Residential Parcels Acquisition
  • Lead Counsel, $100M+ Vacant Land Acquisition
  • Lead Local Real Estate Counsel, $200M+ Hotel Disposition
  • Lead Counsel, Shopping Center and Office Building Leases
  • Lead Counsel, Big Box Retail Development
  • Lead Counsel, Tenant Lease Negotiations in Major Shopping Centers
  • Lead Counsel, Water Rights Documentation
  • Lead Counsel, Real Estate Lending Compliance Programs

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers of America® since 1995
  • Best Lawyers of America® 2013, Hawai`i Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
  • Chambers and Partners Band 1
  • Named to Super Lawyers®2010 – 2011 for Real Estate


  • J.D. (1982), University of Washington School of Law; Washington Law Review; Carkeek Prize Recipient
  • B.A. Business Administration (1979), University of Washington, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • Hawai`i State Bar (1982)
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawai`i
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Hawai`i State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Retail Leasing Subcommittee)
  • Hawai`i Real Estate Commission (Certified Instructor)
  • Catholic Charities of Honolulu (Past Chairperson: 1995-96, Current Member Catholic Charities Housing Development Corporation)
  • Hawai`i Campaign Spending Commission 2004-2012
  • Maryknoll Schools (Current Board Member)
  • Community Helping Schools (Original Board Member)


  • Editor, Hawai`i Real Estate Law Manual, Volumes III and IV (Hawai`i Bar Association)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Hawai`i Conveyance Manual (4th Edition) (Hawai`i Bar Association)
  • Co-Author, Overview of Hawai`i Commercial Leasing Practice (Hawai`i Bar Association)
  • Co-Author, Standard Form Commercial Purchase and Sale Agreement (CCIM – Hawai`i Association of Realtors)
  • Co-Author, Standard Form Lease (CCIM/Hawai`i Association of Realtors)
  • Co-Author,  Standard Form Letter of Intent (CCIM)
  • Co-Author, Standard Listing Agreement (CCIM)
  • Washington Law Review (Author and Managing Editor)
  • Regular speaking engagements for real-estate related organizations and financial institutio