His practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and securities litigation. He also has significant experience in the representation of bankruptcy trustees and state court receivers. Before entering private practice, Ted was an attorney with the Division of Enforcement of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission.
Ted served on the board of the Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association between 2013-2014 and he served as its President in 2014. He previously served as Director of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association from 2001-2002, from 2006-2007, and as its vice-president for the year 2002. He is also an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Since 2007, Ted has been named by Chambers & Partners as one of America’s leading lawyers in the area of bankruptcy and restructuring. He is also an active charter member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Pau Hana and served as a member of its board from 2008-2013. Ted is also an active member of the firm’s recruiting committee.
- Served as local debtor’s counsel in the successful Chapter 11 reorganization of Hawaii’s major telecommunications provider.
- Represented the interests of secured lenders and banks in numerous Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
- Served as counsel to the Chapter 11 Trustee in a real estate reorganization.
- Lead counsel to the Bankruptcy Trustee in the investigation and prosecution of fraudulent transfer claims in Chapter 7 proceedings.
- Represented Hawaii’s insurance commissioner in the bankruptcy case filed by one of Hawaii’s largest local airlines.
- Lead counsel for the largest secured creditor in a complicated Chapter 7 bankruptcy case involving one of the State’s largest developers. Obtained a judgment in excess of $40 million.
- Successfully represented the interests of shopping center developer in complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of one of the country’s largest retailers of electronics and related consumer goods.
- Served as counsel to secured lenders in a variety of contested matter and adversary proceedings in Chapter 11, 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases, including relief from stay proceedings and claims litigation.
- Represented defendants in fraudulent transfer proceedings brought in the Bankruptcy Court.
- Served as local debtor’s counsel for a major airline in a Chapter 11 case.
- Represented the credit card processor/bank in Chapter 11 case filed by a Hawaii hotel.
- Served as counsel to a number of commercial landlords with regard to lease issues arising in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 proceedings.
- Successfully represented a national student loan guarantor in a number of adversary proceedings involving debtors’ attempts to discharge their student loans.
- Successfully represented a secured lender in a large commercial foreclosure involving a golf course property on the island of Kauai.
- Represented Hawaii State Court Receiver in several matters relating to the Hawai‘i partnerships, corporations and LLCs, with a number of properties located in Hawaii and California.
- Represented one of the country’s largest securities brokerage firms in a number of arbitration proceedings before The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA,” which was formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers).
- Lead counsel in successful representation of one of the world’s leading financial management and advisory companies in litigation to enforce employee non-competition agreements in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.
Awards and Honors
- Listed in Best Lawyers®, since 2019
- Listed in Chambers and Partners, USA Guide, since 2007
- Super Lawyers®, 2017 – 2019
- Hawaii State Bar (1992)
- State Bar of California (1985) (inactive)
- United States Court for the District of Hawaii
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Hawaii State Bar Association (Bankruptcy Law Section: Director: 2001-2002, 2006-2007; Vice President: 2002)
- Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association, board of directors member, 2012 – 2014, President, 2014
- State Bar of California (inactive)
- American Bar Association
- American Bankruptcy Institute