Lisa D. Ayabe

Partner

Lisa advises clients in the areas of real estate development, commercial leasing, purchase and sale transactions, and financing.

Lisa assists clients in navigating Hawai‘i’s complex real property laws.  She represents developers, land owners, and tenants in the leasing, acquisition, purchase and sale and development of commercial real estate.

Prior to joining Cades Schutte, Lisa served as a law clerk to then-Associate Justice Mark E. Recktenwald of the Supreme Court of Hawai‘i.

She obtained her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree, cum laude, from the William S. Richardson School of Law.  As a law student, Lisa served as Casenote Editor of the University of Hawai‘i Law Review, co-president of the Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization, and student representative of the Admissions Committee.

Active in the community, Lisa currently serves as President of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Co-Chair of the NAIOP Developing Leaders Steering Committee. She previously served on the Teach for America-Hawai‘i Regional Advisory Board, the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership Advisory Board, and the Punahou Alumni Association (Hawai‘i Chapter) Board.  She is a member of Pacific Business News’ 40 under 40 Class of 2016, which recognizes young business leaders in the State of Hawai‘i, and a member of the Pacific Century Fellows Class of 2016.

  • Represented buyer in connection with the acquisition and redevelopment of a 326,700 square foot shopping center.
  • Represented buyer in connection with the acquisition of a multi-million dollar industrial property.
  • Represented lender in connection with a $35M term loan secured by a shopping center.
  • Represented seller in connection with the disposition of Waikiki properties.
  • Represented landlords and tenants in connection with leasing of shopping centers and office space.

Education

  • J.D. (2008), William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, cum laude
  • B.A. Communications (2004), University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude

Awards and Honors

  • Hawaii Business Magazine, “20 for the Next 20” Class of 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® since 2021
  • Pacific Business News “Forty Under 40” Class of 2016
  • Pacific Century Fellows, Class of 2015 – 2016
  • HSBA Leadership Institute, Fellow, 2012

Admissions

  • Hawai‘i State Bar (2008)
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i (2008)

Memberships

  • Patsy T. Mink, Center for Business & Leadership, Advisory Board Member (2015-2016)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Young Leader
  • NAIOP Hawai‘i – Developing Leaders, 2014-2016
  • American Judicature Society, Hawai‘i Chapter, Special Committee on Discovery, Member, 2011
  • William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association, Director, 2008-2009

Clerkship

  • Intermediate Court of Appeals and Hawai‘i Supreme Court, Law Clerk to the Honorable Mark E. Recktenwald  (2008-2009)

Community Involvement

  • Teach for America-Hawai‘i, Regional Advisory Board Member (2016-2019)
  • Patsy T. Mink, Center for Business & Leadership, Advisory Board Member (2015-2016)
  • Punahou Alumni Association Hawai‘i Chapter, Board Member (2016)
  • American Judicature Society, Hawai‘i Chapter, Special Committee on Discovery, Member (2011)
  • William S. Richardson School of Law Alumni Association, Director (2008-2009)

Publications

  • Co-Author, Chapter 1 of the Hawai‘i Real Estate Law Manual (Volume IV)

Speaking Engagements

  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association Real Property Financial Services Section, Legislative Update  (2016)
  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association  “Real Estate Transactions 101”(2015)
  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association Real Property Financial Services Section, Legislative Update (2014)
  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association Real Property Financial Services Section, Legislative Update (2012)