January 7, 2022  |  News

Cades Schutte LLP Names Ryan M. Hamaguchi, Cheryl L.M.T. Itagaki, and Justin M. Sugiyama to the Partnership

New Partners

HONOLULU (January 2022)–Cades Schutte LLP announced the promotion of three attorneys to its partnership, effective January 1, 2022: Ryan M. Hamaguchi, Cheryl L.M.T. Itagaki, and Justin M. Sugiyama.

“We are proud to welcome three new partners to the partnership as Cades Schutte celebrates 100 years in Hawai‘i this year,” said Ryan M. Wilson of the firm’s Management Committee. “Their success and accomplishments have been supported by an amazing team of lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants, and administrative staff, in addition to previous generations that helped build the firm to what it is now. We look forward to continuing to work together for years to come.”

The following is a list of Cades Schutte’s new partners:

  • Ryan M. Hamaguchi is a member of the Corporate & Business Group. He applies his diverse experience both as a transactional attorney and as a litigator to assist clients in multiple facets of the law and help them find creative solutions to achieve their business objectives. Ryan is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar and the California State Bar. Ryan is actively involved in various legal and community organizations, and is a co-chair of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association Civic Education Committee and an editor of the Hawai‘i Bar Journal. He previously served as the Vice President of the Hawai‘i Bankruptcy Bar Association and as a director of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. He earned his law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law and B.B.A. from Gonzaga University.
  • Cheryl L.M.T. Itagaki is a member of the Pensions & ERISA Group. Cheryl advises and counsels clients in Employee Benefits, ERISA, and Executive Compensation, including the design, establishment, maintenance, and compliance of qualified retirement plans. Her experience in public accounting and employee benefits provides her with invaluable insight for her clients’ legal issues. She obtained her law degree and Certificate in Business Law from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, M.B.T. from the University of Southern California Leventhal School of Accounting, and B.B.A. in Accounting with distinction from the University of Hawai‘i Shidler College of Business.
  • Justin M. Sugiyama is a member of the Finance Group. Justin has a broad transactional practice including complex financing matters, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Born and raised in Kaneohe, Justin received his B.A. in finance from Loyola Marymount University and his M.B.A., magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown Law. Prior to joining Cades Schutte, Justin was an attorney at a major international law firm in New York, and he also spent over seven years before law school working for The Boeing Company in California and Washington D.C. in various roles including proposal management, financial modeling and analysis, strategic development, and contracts management.

Ryan, Cheryl, and Justin’s promotions are part of the firm’s continued expansion throughout 2021 and 2022. This year the firm welcomed of counsel Geoffrey T. Mukae, in addition to six new associates: Ellen R. Ashford, William K. Morrison, and W. Davis Prendergast in the Finance and Real Estate department, Christine E. Nowland and Nicole K. C. Yamane in the Litigation department, and Janine M. Yim in the Trusts & Estates and Litigation departments.

About Cades Schutte LLP

Cades Schutte is a full-service law firm with over 80 attorneys, providing superior service in over 20 practice areas from the Firm’s main office in Honolulu and offices in Kona, Waimea, Kahului, and Līhuʻe. Since the Firm was founded in 1922, Cades Schutte attorneys have been called on to serve as counsel in some of the most notable cases and transactions in the State of Hawai‘i.

Cades Schutte offers a wide range of corporate and personal legal services with an emphasis on business counseling. The Firm is proud to serve local, national, and international clients, and regularly handles estate planning, tax, and personal litigation matters.

Cades Schutte is organized into five departments—Corporate, Finance and Real Estate, Litigation, Tax, and Trusts and Estates—but departmental lines are fluid. Cades Schutte attorneys from different departments routinely collaborate on projects to benefit clients. This approach provides a full array of the Firm’s expertise and experience.

The firm has adopted a democratic style of management in which the strategic direction and vision for the firm is developed by its partners, and headed up by its Management Committee. Together, this Committee serves as the Firm’s key visionary, and is specifically charged with implementing the direction and mission of the stakeholders.


Erika Galarneau
Marketing & Business Development Manager