June 6, 2024  |  News

Cades Schutte Recognized as Leading Law Firm in Hawai‘i by 2024 Chambers and Partners USA

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Cades Schutte is honored to be recognized once again as a top-tier law firm in Hawai‘i in the 2024 Chambers and Partners USA Guide. The firm has achieved prestigious Band 1 or 2 rankings in eight practice areas: Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Corporate/Commercial, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Environment, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, Real Estate, and Tax.

Market feedback from the 2024 review includes the following quotes:

“Cades Schutte has a strong team that has the experience and expertise in assisting us in very complex matters.”

“The team at Cades Schutte are very thorough in their approach to handling complex situations.”

“The firm is very helpful and has a wide range of expertise within it. Attorneys bring partners with various specialty areas as needed.”

“Cades Schutte has a team of experienced and well-versed attorneys in all areas of the law.”

In addition, a record number of 26 Cades Schutte attorneys were ranked this year of which ten have received a Band 1 ranking:

Trever K. Asam (Band 1) – Tax

David F. E. Banks (Band 2) – Corporate/Commercial; (Band 3) – Labor & Employment

Calvert G. Chipchase (Band 1) Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use; (Band 2) – Litigation: General Commercial

John P. Duchemin (Band 3) – Litigation: General Commercial

Roger W. Fonseca (Senior Statespeople) – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Vito Galati (Senior Statespeople) – Tax

C. Michael Heihre (Band 1) – Litigation: General Commercial

Cheryl L.M.T. Itagaki (Band 1) – Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

Amanda M. Jones (Band 1) – Labor & Employment

Rick Kiefer (Band 1) – Real Estate

Kelly G. LaPorte (Band 2) – Litigation: General Commercial

Michele S. Loudermilk (Band 3) – Real Estate

John R. Love (Band 2) – Real Estate; (Band 2) – Corporate/Commercial: Finance

Chris S. Mashiba (Band 1) – Tax

Cary S. Matsushige (Senior Statespeople) – Corporate/Commercial: Finance

Patricia J. McHenry (Senior Statespeople) – Environment

Mark K. Murakami (Band 2) – Real Estate

Trisha L. Nishimoto (Up and Coming) – Litigation: General Commercial

Nathan T. Okubo (Band 2) – Real Estate

Jeffrey S. Portnoy (Band 1) – Litigation: General Commercial

Paul M. Saito (Band 3) – Labor & Employment

E. Gunner Schull (Senior Statespeople) – Corporate/Commercial

Justin M. Sugiyama (Band 1) – Corporate/Commercial: Finance

Andrea K. Ushijima (Band 1) – Corporate/Commercial: Finance

Ryan M. Wilson (Band 2) – Tax

Theodore D.C. Young (Band 2) – Bankruptcy/Restructuring

About Chambers and Partners

Chambers and Partners is a world-renowned legal directory that ranks attorneys in their practice areas based on their legal knowledge and experience, effectiveness, and client service, and is based heavily on client feedback and peer reviews.

About Cades Schutte LLP

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.

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 by its Management Committee.


Erika Galarneau
Marketing & Business Development Manager