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Our Firm

We are one firm, with one overall mission.

We esteem teamwork over stardom and firm accomplishments over individual accolades. We endorse a collegial environment where everyone helps to deliver the best for our clients. There is an important symbiotic relationship between individual success and firm success.

With a century of dedicated legal service, Cades Schutte attorneys are some of the most sought after in the Pacific region for their dedication, tenacity and innovative perspective on the law.

We are 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 Kona, Waimea, Kahului, and Līhuʻe. 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.

We offer a wide range of corporate and personal legal services with an emphasis on business counseling. We are proud to serve local, national, and international clients, and regularly handle estate planning, tax, and personal 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 our clients. This approach provides a full array of our firm’s expertise and experience. Utilizing a ‘firm first’ mentality, we’ve 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.

100 Years in Business
78 Attorneys
58 Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers of America® 2024
5 Offices on Four Islands

Mission & Values

Our mission is to provide solutions that are unique, lasting, and substantial. This mission is something we live through our core values.


We continually strive to exceed the expectations of our clients and community. If there is a single trait all Cades Schutte attorneys have in common, it is the drive for excellence and to be leaders in the legal community.


We do the right thing. Deeply ingrained in our firm culture is the belief that best practices in the legal profession include a high regard for ethics. Our reputation is not just for good work, but for integrity and responsible advocacy as well.


Encompassing every aspect of who we are, service simply is the concept of quality in everything we do, having a service-mindset when working with clients and demanding a lot of ourselves.


We believe that our energy and enthusiasm are contagious. We are inspired to make a lasting impact, and we are genuine in our excitement for—and devotion to—the practice of law and how we can help our clients.


There is no ‘face’ to our firm. Rather than many separate parts, we are individual pieces of one organization, with one overall mission. We take responsibility for individual and collective actions; the collaborative nature of our culture sets us apart from other law firms.



  • The Best Lawyers of America® 2024 lists 58 Cades Schutte attorneys in its Best Lawyers® and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Lists in Hawai‘i. Many Cades Schutte attorneys have earned this distinction for over three decades.
  • The 2024 Chambers and Partners USA Guide, recognizes Cades Schutte as a leading law firm in Hawai’i in Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Corporate/Commercial, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, Environment, Labor & Employment, Litigation: General Commercial, Real Estate, and Tax, with 26 ranked Cades Schutte attorneys.
  • The 2023 Chambers High Net Worth Guide recognizes Cades Schutte as a Band 1 firm in Private Wealth Law and three of its attorneys as leaders in the field.
  • IFLR1000 recognizes Cades Schutte as a Tier 1 firm in M&A and Real Estate.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® recognizes Cades Schutte attorneys with the prestigious AV Preeminent® and AV Distinguished®.
  • Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading litigation firms and attorneys, highlights several Cades Schutte attorneys in its 2022/2023 guide.
  • Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, with numerous Cades Schutte attorneys named Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.
  • Vault Top 150 Under 150 list highlighting the best firms in the U.S. with 150 or fewer attorneys, names Cades Schutte a Top 150 Under 150.
  • The National Law Journal recognizes Cades Schutte in NLJ 500, a ranking of the nation’s 500 largest law firms by headcount.
  • Pacific Business News ranks Cades Schutte first by headcount in its annual list of Top 50 Hawai‘i Law Firms.