Calvert G. Chipchase


As a recognized expert in litigation and land use, Cal offers clients a practical approach to achieve balance between business considerations and zealous advocacy.

A second generation Hawaii lawyer, Cal earned his law degree from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, where he was the class valedictorian and a member of the Hawaii Law Review Editorial Board. Before joining Cades Schutte, Cal clerked for the Honorable Richard R. Clifton, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Alan C. Kay, United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

A frequent Lecturer in law and guest lecturer, Cal has taught courses at the Richardson School of law for the past ten years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Cal regularly speaks to business groups and provides continuing legal education seminars to businesses, realtors and planners.

Commercial and Real Estate Litigation

  • Litigation in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation involving complex corporate and business issues; commercial and agricultural leases; contract, tort and fiduciary duty claims; trade secrets and intellectual property; agency and partnership disputes; antitrust and trade practices; shareholder direct and derivative claims; and financing and development disputes
  • Insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, arbitration and mediation for insureds in state and federal courts involving title, commercial general liability and directors and officers insurance
  • Administrative proceedings, appeals and litigation concerning procurement and other government contracting, audit and administrative enforcement actions

Land Use, Zoning and Entitlements

  • Land use entitlements and permitting, Important Agricultural Land designations, environmental assessments and impact statements, due diligence reviews, native land rights and traditional uses, archaeological, historic preservation and Island Burial Council matters, water rights and defense of enforcement actions
  • Contested cases and other proceedings before state and county councils, boards and commissions
  • Administrative appeals and litigation involving statutory and constitutional issues, vested rights and other entitlements

Employment and Labor Relations

  • Litigation in state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation involving non-compete, non-disclosure and non-solicitation agreements; trade secrets; and tort and wrongful termination claims
  • Internal investigations for public and private institutions


  • J.D. (2002), University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Valedictorian, summa cum laude
  • B.A., Colorado State University (1999), Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers®, since 2014
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation – Real Estate, Honolulu, 2018
  • Listed in Chambers and Partners, USA Guide, since 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished® Peer Review Rated, since 2008
  • Super Lawyers®, 2015 – 2019
  • Chambers & Partners, Hawaii’s Leading Lawyers for General Commercial Litigation (since 2014) and Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (since 2017)
  • Elected to Serve as a U.S. District Court Lawyer Delegate, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
  • Pacific Century Fellows, Class of 2016
  • Super Lawyers List, Since 2015
  • Ten Years of Service Award, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, 2014
  • Pacific Business News “Forty Under 40” Class of 2013
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, 2007


  • All courts of the State of Hawaii
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • American Planning Association
  • Lamda Alpha International – Honorary Society for Law and Economics
  • Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation Section, Director
  • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow – Honorary Society for Trial Lawyers
  • Urban Land Institute
  • American Bar Association and Hawaii State Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Catholic Charities of Hawaii, Director
  • American Judicature Society, Director
  • Chaminade University Educational Foundation, President
  • La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls, Trustee
  • HUGS – Help Understanding and Group Support, President
  • Calvert G. Chipchase & Gabriel F. Gorman, Hawaii Has a Housing Problem, Ke Kumu (August 2017)
  • Calvert G. Chipchase & Mitsuko Takahashi, Federal Appellate Practice Manual (Contributing Authors, Hawaii State Bar Association 2013)
  • Hawaii Appellate Practice Manual  (Co-Author, Hawaii State Bar Association)(2012)
  • Eminent Domain: A Handbook of Condemnation Law, American Bar Association Deskbook (Co-Author)(2011)
  • Calvert G. Chipchase, Christian K. Adams & Kamaile A. Nichols, Except for a Public Use: A Survey of Takings Jurisprudence, Takings Deskbook (ABA Publishing 2011)
  • Calvert G. Chipchase, Federal District Court Law Clerk Handbook (ABA Publishing 2007)
  • David L. Callies & Calvert G. Chipchase, Water Regulation, Land Use & the Environment, 30 Haw. L. Rev. 49 (2007)
  • Wet Growth: Should Water Law Control Land Use, Environmental Law Institute (Co-Author)(2005)
  • Calvert G. Chipchase, From Grand Central to the Sierras: What Do We Do With Investment-Backed Expectations in Regulatory Takings, 23 Va. Envt’l L.J. 43 (2004)
  • Calvert G. Chipchase, The Clean Water Act: What’s Commerce Got to Do with It?, 33 Envt’l L. Reporter 10775 (2003)
  • Calvert G. Chipchase, Lucas Takings: Why Investment-Backed Expectations Are Irrelevant When Applying the Categorical Rule, 24 Haw. L. Rev. 147 (2001)

In addition, Cal has published articles in several journals, including the University of Hawaii Law Review and the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Copies of Cal’s publications are available upon request.