Andrea K. Ushijima


Andrea leverages her background in business and technology, and experience in regulatory matters, to help clients achieve their business objectives.

Andrea practices in the areas of finance and real estate.  Andrea represents financial institutions in commercial loan transactions, and regularly advises lenders in consumer finance compliance matters.  She also works on commercial real estate transactions, commercial leasing, and assisting clients with the nuances of Hawaii real estate law.

Prior to joining Cades Schutte, Andrea worked for various technology companies as an information technology analyst and project manager.  During law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Susan Oki Mollway, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, and served as the Executive Editor for Publications and Research for the University of Hawaii Law Review.  She also served as teaching assistant for legal research and writing at the law school.

Andrea received numerous awards throughout law school, including CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for the highest grade in Legal Practice I, Civil Procedure II, Land Use Management & Control, Second-Year Seminar, and Lawyers in Business.  She received merit-based scholarships such as the Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher Scholarship; Clifford K. Sr., Richard S., and Percy K. Mirikitani Memorial Scholarship; and C. Jepson Garland Memorial Scholarship Award for the best paper on a real property topic.

Andrea serves as a Director for the Real Property and Financial Services Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association, and also serves on the Board of Managers for the Nu‘uanu YMCA, and on the Board of Directors for Ballet Hawaii.

  • Worked with Hawaii’s leading financial institutions to implement the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures rule, and overcome various operational challenges, to meet the compliance deadline
  • Represented the lender in a multi-million dollar purchase of premier commercial retail property in Waikiki
  • Delivered concise due diligence reviews for the multi-million dollar acquisition of numerous commercial retail shopping centers
  • Worked on the successful closings of multi-million dollar hotel property dispositions
  • Assisted large landowner with understanding the implications of recent judicial decisions affecting its real property inventory


  • J.D. (2013) William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, Environmental Law Certificate
  • M.B.A. (2006), Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii, Oscar & Rosetta Fish Scholar for Excellence
  • B.B.A. Information Systems (2002), University of Washington, Dean’s List


  • Hawaii State Bar (2013)
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawaii

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch since 2021
  • Listed in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars since 2019


  • Real Property and Financial Services Section of the HSBA, Director
  • Ballet Hawaii, Board of Directors
  • Nu‘uanu YMCA, Board of Managers

Pro Bono

  • Access to Justice Room Volunteer
  • Legal Lines Volunteer
  • Executive Editor for Publications and Research, University of Hawaii Law Review
  • “Beach, Breach, and Burden: Pushing the Envelope for Revitalization in Waikiki,” Ka Nu Hou Real Property & Financial Services Section Newsletter (Oct. 2013)
  • “State v. Fields: Should a Declarant’s Professed Memory Loss at Trial Satisfy the ‘Unavailability’ Requirement Under Hawaii’s Confrontation Clause?,” 34 U. Haw. L. Rev. (2014)


  • Hawaii Land Use Law Conference, Legislative Updates (January 2019)
  • “Reviewing Mortgage Documents and Escrow/Earnest Agreements” and “Drafting Easement Agreements,” National Business Institute, Real Estate Contracts from Start to Finish seminar (May 2018)
  • Hawaii State Bar Association Real Property Financial Services Section, Legislative Update seminar (2015 – present)
  • “Seller-Financing and TILA-RESPA: Necessary Information and New Requirements,” National Business Institute, Handling Real Estate Transactions from Start to Finish seminar (June 2016)