Allison Mizuo Lee


Allison is the resident partner of the firm’s Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i office.

Allison’s practice is concentrated in the area of general commercial and real estate litigation.  Upon graduating as valedictorian in 2001 from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, Allison served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan C. Kay, Senior United States District Judge for the District of Hawai‘i.  In 2002, she joined Cades Schutte LLP’s Honolulu office as an associate, and in 2009 became a partner in the litigation department.  Born and raised on the Island of Kaua‘i, Allison recently opened and now heads the firm’s office in Līhu‘e.

Commercial and Real Estate Litigation

  • Represented regional retail store in enforcement of exclusive use provisions in leases and dispute regarding common area maintenance charges
  • Advice and representation regarding rockfall mitigation and landowner liability
  • Defense of Americans With Disabilties Act and Fair Housing Act claims
  • Enforcement of various contract rights and collection of judgments
  • Represented major retailer in litigation arising from inadvertent discovery of Native Hawai‘ian burials
  • Represented banks sued by borrowers alleging numerous claims including TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, slander of title, fraud, and claims relating to improper handling of requests for loan modifications

Insurance Defense and Professional Liability

  • Defense of insureds against legal malpractice claims
  • Representation of insurers in coverage disputes

Intellectual Property

  • Second-chaired two patent infringement trials in federal court resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts in favor of client
  • Local counsel on copyright and trademark litigation


  • J.D. (2001), William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, summa cum laude
  • B.A. Economics-Government (Dec. 1997), Claremont McKenna College, summa cum laude

Awards and Honors

  • Carl K. Mirikitani Jr. Valedictory Prize (2001)
  • Dean’s Scholar (1994-1997)
  • NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Singles All-American (1995, 1997)
  • Porter Scholar (1999)
  • Sterling Scholar in Social Science (1994)


  • Hawai‘i State Bar (2001)
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i
  • United States Tax Court
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Kaua‘i Bar Association, Vice President
  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, Law Review Member (1999-2000) & Production Editor (2000-2001)
  • American Diabetes Association Community Leadership Board (2014-2016)
  • Kiwanis Executive Club of Honolulu (Pres. Oct. 2014- Oct. 2015)
  • Finley v. Home Insurance Co.: Hawai‘i’s Solution to the Troubling Tripartite Problem,” 22 U. Haw. L. Rev. 675 (2000)
  • “Compensation for Temporary Regulatory Takings: Ad”just”ing the Damage Calculation Model,” Ka Nu Hou, Real Prop. & Fin. Serv./Hawai‘i State Bar Association (August 2000)