Coronavirus Response Team

Areas of Practice

Our Coronavirus Response Team has the breadth of experience to quickly and efficiently address the effects of the pandemic on businesses and individuals. Our Coronavirus Response Team consists of attorneys across numerous practices, including:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Education and School Law
  • Employment Law and Labor Relations
  • Estate Planning, Trust Administration, and Probate
  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate & Finance
  • Tax

We are continually monitoring the issues, guidance, and literature to continue to provide legal resources and insights as the US economy reopens.


We are actively advising a number of clients in matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic including:

Education and School Law
  • Drafting COVID-19 student attendance policies and procedures for private schools.
  • Advising schools on communications to parents about COVID-related issues, including modifications to policies and virtual learning plans.
  • Counseling schools on accommodation requests made by teachers and other school employees.
  • Assisting schools with staff reductions associated with COVID-19.
Employment Law and Labor Relations
  • Responses to workplace safety complaints by employees.
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts related to employee work-from-home requests.
  • Termination-related claims prompted by COVID-19 economic impacts.
  • Drafting COVID-19 faculty and employee attendance policies and procedures for private schools.
  • Failure to accommodate claims by employees who want to work from home due to health or family issues.
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts for workplace COVID-19 testing.
  • Drafting COVID-19 liability waiver agreements.
  • Paid leave claims under the FFCRA.
  • Evaluating COVID-19 return-to-work and attendance policies for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and other civil rights laws.
Health Care
  • Evaluating and advising in connection with HIPAA obligations for COVID-related health care clearinghouses.
  • Drafting COVID-19 testing contracts for nursing and retirement facilities.
  • Enforceability and applicability of force majeure clauses, and impossibility and frustration of purpose issues.
  • General liability and business interruption insurance coverage issues.
  • COVID-19 issues impacting restaurants and hotels.
  • Representing a lending group concerning a substantial default under a loan secured by a luxury retail complex in Waikiki.
  • Landlord issues relating to COVID-19 and large national tenant Chapter 11 bankruptcies.
  • COVID-related waiver and policy drafting.
  • Enforceability of force majeure clauses, and impossibility and frustration of purpose issues.
  • Initial discussions on constitutionality of state and county COVID-19 issues.
Real Estate & Finance
  • Responding to tenant requests for rent relief based on COVID-19 considerations.
  • Drafting contracts and contract terms to address new issues raised by the pandemic.
  • Lease modification and enforcement issues, common area maintenance and notice obligations, and reopening considerations.
  • Lease rent deferrals and modification issues, and reopening considerations.
  • Lease assumptions and workouts in connection with COVID-19 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies and receiverships.
  • Analyzing contracts and advising clients about their rights and obligations as a result of the pandemic.
  • COVID-19 related lease workouts for shopping center, industrial warehouse, and office building landlords, as well as retail and restaurant tenants.
  • Loan workouts and modifications for both borrowers and lenders.
  • Qualifying for tax credits under the FFCRA.
  • Amending company retirement plans due to the CARES Act.
  • Compliance issues related to Paycheck Protection Loan Program Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and other CARES Act programs.
  • Applying and qualifying for PPP loans, EIDL loans, and other COVID-19 related assistance.
  • SECURE Act and COVID-19 related guidance.



Meet Our Team

Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights

Theodore D.C YoungTrisha H.S.T. Akagi | Ryan M. Hamaguchi

Corporate and Business Law

David F.E. Banks | Marc E. Rousseau

Education and School Law

Amanda M. Jones | Kristin S. Shigemura

Employment Law and Labor Relations

David F.E. Banks | Amanda M. Jones | Paul M. Saito

Estate Planning, Trust Administration, and Probate

Rhonda L. Griswold

Health Care

Kristin S. Shigemura


Dennis W. Chong Kee | C. Michael Heihre | Amanda M. Jones| Mallory T. MartinDarene K. Matsuoka | Jeffrey S. Portnoy | Kristin S. Shigemura | Lisa K. Swartzfager | Milton M. Yasunaga | Theodore D.C Young

Real Estate & Finance

Lisa D. AyabeRyan M. Hamaguchi | Michele S. Loudermilk | Nathan T. OkuboJustin M. Sugiyama | Andrea K. Ushijima | Lori K. Wilke


Chris S. Mashiba | Cheryl L.M.T. Itagaki| Ryan M. Wilson