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Coronavirus Response


Our Coronavirus Response Team has the breadth of experience to quickly and efficiently address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and individuals. Our Coronavirus Response Team consists of attorneys across numerous practices, including:

  • Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Education & School Law
  • Employment Law & Labor Relations
  • Health Care
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate & Finance
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates

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

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

Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights

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

  • Bankruptcy filings, loan defaults, and lease defaults for various sectors impacted by COVID-19.
  • Advice regarding modifications to the Bankruptcy Code resulting from the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

Corporate & Business Law

David F.E. Banks | Ryan M. Hamaguchi

  • Advising clients on the applicable, federal, state, and county COVID-19-related restrictions, guidelines, and programs.
  • Drafting contracts and assisting clients with COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and safety procedures and policies.
  • Counseling clients regarding PPP loans, EIDL loans, and other COVID-19-related assistance programs.
  • Guiding clients through business resiliency plans and reorganization efforts.

Education & School Law

Amanda M. Jones | Kristin S. Shigemura

  • Drafting COVID-19 student attendance policies and procedures for private schools.
  • Drafting and counselling regarding vaccination policies
  • Advising schools on communications to parents about COVID-19-related issues, including modifications to policies and handbooks, vaccination and testing requirements, and virtual learning plans.
  • Counseling schools on accommodation requests made by students, teachers, and other school employees.
  • Assisting schools with staff reductions associated with COVID-19.

Employment Law & Labor Relations

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

  • Responses to workplace safety complaints by employees.
  • Drafting and reviewing contracts related to employee work-from-home requests.
  • Drafting COVID-19 vaccination and testing policies.
  • Termination-related claims prompted by COVID-19 economic impacts or non-compliance with COVID-19 policies.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Estate Planning, Trust Administration, and Probate

Rhonda L. Griswold

Health Care

Kristin S. Shigemura

  • Evaluating and advising in connection with HIPAA obligations for COVID-19-related health care clearinghouses.
  • Drafting COVID-19 testing contracts for nursing and retirement facilities.
  • Employment and liability issues relating to surge staffing of health care providers.
  • Defense of claims alleging medical negligence relating to treatment of patients with COVID-19.


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

  • 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-19-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.
  • Defending employers in lawsuits alleging civil rights violations in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Real Estate & Finance

Lisa D. Ayabe | Michele S. Loudermilk | Nathan T. Okubo | Justin M. Sugiyama | Andrea K. Ushijima | Lori K. Wilke

  • 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.


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

  • 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.