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Alternative Dispute Resolution


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proceedings, including mediation and arbitration, often present opportunities for our clients to resolve disputes without the attendant burdens and expense of litigation in state or federal court.

Our attorneys have experience in all aspects of dispute resolution, and have represented our clients in local, national, and international ADR proceedings in disputes touching many sectors and practice areas, including real estate, tax, bankruptcy, trusts and estates, medical and professional malpractice, torts, labor and employment, insurance defense, commercial transactions, intellectual property, environmental law, and corporate transactions. Our attorneys also have experience serving as mediators and arbitrators under leading ADR and arbitration institutions. Our attorneys work together with our clients to determine whether participating in an ADR proceeding would be the best — and most cost-effective — option in view of our clients’ interests and goals.

What We Do

  • Dispute Prevention Negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Mini-Trials
  • Settlement Conferences

We assist our clients in a wide range of disputes, including but not limited to those involving:

Real Estate

Our attorneys have represented clients in virtually every type of dispute involving real estate. We represent owners, purchasers, sellers, lessees, landlords, tenants, developers, property managers, U.S. and international investors, real estate investment trusts, family trusts, local charitable trusts and foundations, non-profit institutions, entrepreneurs, limited liability companies, corporations and partnerships, and borrowers and lenders in arbitration tribunals, mediation, and negotiations. Our representations include those involving land use, contract, quiet title, lease rent, sale and purchase, insurance, and neighbor disputes. We have been engaged in mediations and arbitrations involving single-family residences, multi-family units and projects, and commercial, industrial, and resort/hotel properties.

Intellectual Property

The attorneys in our Intellectual Property group include the most experienced patent, trademark, and copyright litigation attorneys in Hawai‘i, and have represented clients as plaintiffs or defendants in infringement disputes, arbitrations, domain name arbitrations, and mediations.

Construction Law

Our attorneys have significant experience in assisting our clients with construction-related issues, including mediating and arbitrating payment issues, mechanic’s liens, Miller Act bonds, payment and performance bond disputes, product liability and construction defect disputes, and bid procurement and award disputes.

Tax Law

Our attorneys assist our clients through all phases of tax dispute resolution, including arbitration and settlement.

Employment Law and Labor Relations

Our attorneys assist our clients in arbitration, mediation, and other ADR proceedings involving employment law and labor relations disputes, including but not limited to those involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, employee benefits and executive compensation, workplace safety, workers’ compensation, and union relations.

Trust and Probate

Our attorneys frequently represent clients in negotiation, mediation, and other ADR proceedings involving contested trust, estate, conservatorship, and guardianship matters.



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Kelly G. LaPorte


Kelly, a former Airborne Ranger, is Chairman of the Litigation Department of Cades Schutte. He is also the Chair of the Educational Institutions Law Practice Group.

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