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Kenneth B. Marcus

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Kenneth B. Marcus has 40 years of experience in the areas of commercial real estate law, development, finance, leasing, purchases and sales. He also has extensive experience in Hawaii business law including the formation of partnerships and limited liability companies, and corporate finance. His real property practice includes the development, acquisition, sale, financing and restructuring of hotels, office buildings and shopping centers, with particular expertise in the hotel industry. Mr. Marcus has also participated in the reorganization of and recovery of assets for insolvent insurance companies. 

Mr. Marcus holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible professional rating (AV) for both his skill and his integrity.  Mr. Marcus has been selected to the Top 25 Hawaii Super Lawyers® list three times(2011, 2012, 2014), in the practice area of Real Estate Law. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Business Organizations, Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate Law, and named Best Lawyers, 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Business Organizations and 2017"Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Mergers & Acquisitions Law. He is also recognized by Chambers USA Leading Lawyers For Business for Real Estate Law.

Mr. Marcus is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants. He authored the chapter for the Hawaii State Bar Association Real Estate Manual on Hotel Management, which includes Restaurant Leases and Liquor Licensing.  

Mr. Marcus served as Vice Chairman of the Stadium Authority of the State of Hawaii from July 2006 through June 2014, is the past-President of Temple Emanu-el in Honolulu, and lives with his wife and three children in Kailua.

University of PennsylvaniaBS 1972New York UniversityJ.D. 1975
International Society of Hospitality ConsultantsHawaii State Bar AssociationThe Actors GroupFriends of Hawaii RoboticsTemple Emanu-el

Case History

Acquisition of Package of 28 Full Service Hotels — Acquired 28 full service hotels, various brands, negotiated purchase & sale, purchase money financing, bridge financing, permanent financing, hotel management agreement, title and survey issues and ground lease amendments 
Resort (hotel and golf) acquisition, planning and sales — Represented developers acquiring multi-parcel resorts, development of same and disposition of various improved and unimproved portions of such resorts
Renegotiation of Ground Leases underlying Large Resort Hotels — Renegotiation, including modernization, of ground leases underlying large resort hotels

Client Comments

"Ken Marcus is a true professional and represents his clients with a caring attitude. He doesn't gloss over the facts, and while difficult to hear sometimes, he tells it like it is. He is incredibly responsive and delivers on promised timetables. Ken works well with others in and outside his firm, but is no pushover when advocating for his client. He immerses himself into the background of the case to ensure no one can pull the wool over his eyes. He is efficient and effective and I would recommend him to my friends and business associates."

Office Location

733 Bishop Street, Suite 1900
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Mergers and Acquisitions Law of the Honolulu Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) of the Honolulu Metro Area
Kenneth B. Marcus has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Kenneth B. Marcus has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

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Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Land Use and Zoning Law
Leisure and Hospitality Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law (Commercial, Finance, Hospitality, Joint Ventures, Real Property Law, Resorts, Shopping Center Transactions, Tax Certiorari, Transactions)

Other Information

Gender: Male