KAHULUI (March 20, 2023)–Cades Schutte LLP is proud to announce that Keola R. Whittaker has joined the firm’s Kahului office as Of Counsel in the Finance, Real Estate, and Corporate Department.
Qualified to practice in Hawai‘i, California, and New York, Keola has over fifteen years of legal experience. He has represented some of the country’s largest companies in high-stakes disputes relating to corporate mergers, real estate agreements, and environmental claims.
Before returning home to Hawai‘i several years ago, Keola worked at some of the nation’s leading law firms in New York and Los Angeles. In 2020, he moved to Maui and provided legal advice to Maui County’s Mayor, Council, and other public officials as a Deputy Corporation Counsel.
“We are excited to expand our capabilities on Maui with Keola’s arrival,” said Rick Kiefer, resident partner of the Kahului office and Chair of the Firm’s Finance, Real Estate, and Corporate Department. “Keola’s deep experience in litigation, spanning from intellectual property to telecommunications and the environment, paired with his expertise in government affairs and agreements as Deputy Corporation Counsel, is expected to strengthen our existing practice both on Maui and throughout the state.”
Cades Schutte’s Kahului office was established in 2013, centrally located in Maui’s population center and commercial hub. Kahului is home to the island’s main airport and a bustling retail center. The team frequently handles complex real estate matters, including developments, land use, zoning, and entitlement issues, and real estate transactions and disputes.
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Cades Schutte is a full-service law firm with over 80 attorneys, providing superior service in over 40 practice and industry areas from our main office in Honolulu and offices in Kahului, Kona, Līhu‘e, and Waimea. Since the founding of our firm 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, real estate, finance, and civil litigation matters.
Cades Schutte is organized into four departments—Finance, Real Estate, and Corporate; Litigation; Tax; and Trusts and Estates—but departmental lines are fluid. Cades Schutte attorneys from different departments routinely collaborate on projects to benefit the firm’s clients. This approach provides a full array of the firm’s expertise and experience.
Utilizing a ‘firm first’ mentality, the firm has adopted a democratic style of management in which the strategic direction and vision for the firm are developed by its partners, and headed up by its Management Committee.
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