Roger W. Fonseca

Senior Counsel

Roger has more than 45 years of experience concentrating in pension plans, employee benefits and closely-held business organizations.

Roger joined the firm in an “of counsel” capacity in 2007. He graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. summa cum laude in 1970 and from Yale Law School with a J.D. in 1973.

He has taught and lectured on pension issues extensively both in Hawai‘i and on the mainland.

  • Hawai‘i National Bank
  • First Insurance Company of Hawai‘i, Ltd.
  • Outrigger Hotels Hawai‘i
  • Kaneohe Ranch Company, Ltd.


  • J.D. (1973), Yale University
  • B.A. (1970), Occidental College

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers®, since 1987
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Honolulu, 2011
  • Listed in Chambers and Partners, USA Guide, since 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, since 2014


  • Hawai‘i Bar (1974)


  • Hawai‘i Justice Foundation, Director 2002-8
  • American Civil Liberties Union, National Board Member 1986-95, 2001-3, 2010-13
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i, Director 1979-