Maile M. Hirota - Hirota & Associates, LLLC

Maile M. Hirota

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 808-587-9600

MAILE M. HIROTA is the Manager of Hirota & Associates, LLLC, concentrating in business and family-based immigration law, including family visas, business and investor visas, deportation & removal defense, permanent residence and U.S. citizenship matters.  Ms. Hirota has been selected by her peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the field of immigration law each year since 2008.

Ms. Hirota established the boutique immigration law firm of Hirota & Associates in 2009 after many years as a Director of Lynch Ichida Thompson Kim & Hirota.  Prior to returning to practice law in Hawaii, Ms. Hirota was an Associate with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Ms. Hirota’s experience also includes one year working in a Japanese publishing company’s office in Tokyo and part-time work as a translator and law clerk for the Tokyo Aoyama Law Office, the associated office of Baker & McKenzie in Tokyo, Japan.

Her community involvement includes:  volunteering at local citizenship clinics; testifying as an expert witness on the Violence Against Women Act for the prosecution for the State of Hawaii in 2007; free legal seminars to Hawaii Pacific University students on work visas; and as a public speaker and advocate for positive immigration reform and survivors of domestic violence.  From 2002 through 2009 Ms. Hirota hosted a weekly immigration call-in radio show on KPMW 105.5FM, giving up-to-date immigration information and news to Hawaii’s immigrant community, especially the Filipino community on Maui.

Ms. Hirota represented Ms. An Na Peng, a citizen of China, in the first immigration-related presidential pardon in over a decade.

Ms. Hirota enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, their daughters, and cat, Fred.  She is a sports fan, especially of University of Hawaii basketball and the University of Michigan Wolverines. 

University of MichiganAB 1990Indiana University BloomingtonJ.D. 1994
Hawaii Women LawyersDr. Arthur & Bonnie Ennis FoundationJapan America Society of HawaiiAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association

Case History

Peng v. Holder, 673 F.3d 1248 (2012)
Precedent Ninth Circuit decision allowing certain permanent residents convicted after jury trial to apply for 212(c) relief.

Client Comments

"Maile Hirota is not just a professional lawyer; my company is working with her because of her personality too. If she left her current office and moved to the other office, we will follow her, not her company, to take care of us. I can't say so many words to explain her, I only can say that in our work experiences with her, she is the best countable lawyer for me and our company."

-Takahide Kukidome
Dream Dining California, LLC

"Maile Hirota is very knowledgeable, and truly understands our needs. She will go out of her way to assist us in any way she can."

"Maile Hirota provides timely, exceptional service and information to us as a client; we are fortunate to have her as our immigration attorney."

-Victoria Keliihoomalu
HR Director
Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii

Office Location

Dillingham Transportation Building, Suite 402
735 Bishop Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-4817
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Immigration Law of the Honolulu Metro Area
Maile M. Hirota has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Immigration Law (Business, Consular, Deportation, Employment, Family Based, Litigation, Nationality)

Other Information

Race: Multiracial
Gender: Female