Philip J. Leas - Cades Schutte LLP

Philip J. Leas

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 808-521-9328

Philip J. Leas is Chairman of the Finance and Real Estate Department and a partner in the Litigation Department of Cades Schutte. Mr. Leas has extensive experience with real estate transactions, title analysis, financing, broker licensing, title insurance, leases, easements, subdivisions, condominiums, shopping centers, and hotels in Hawaii.

He has extensive litigation and appellate experience in state and federal court and arbitration forums, including eminent domain cases, partitions, quiet title, foreclosures, collections, condominium and community association disputes,  real estate brokerage cases, title insurance disputes, commercial lease disputes and evictions and cases dealing with real estate contract formation and enforcement. Trials handled are evenly divided between jury and nonjury.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

  • Anastasi v. Fidelity Nat'l Title Ins. Co., 2014 WL 7451097 (2014)
  • Dias v. Akiu, 2012 WL 1232952 (2012)
  • Hart v. Ticor Title Ins. Co., 126 Hawa'i 448 (2012)
  • Hanalei Garden Farms, Inc. v. Pace, 2011 WL 3435362 (2011) and 2008 WL 2316303 (2008)
  • Association of Apartment Owners of 1251 Heulu v. Chung, 2007 WL 3044468 (2007)
  • Lee v. Hwang, 2007 WL 967112 (2007)
  • Black v. Pollack, 2006 WL 729491 (2006)
  • Chang v. Ho, 2003 WL 21685827 (2003)
  • HI Kai Investment, Ltd. v. Krantz, 84 Haw. 75, 929 P.2d 88 (1996)
  • Jenkins v. Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright, 76 Haw. 115 (1994)
  • Price v. Hawaii, 789 F.Supp. 330 (D. Haw. 1992)
  • Price v. Hawaii, 939 F.2d 702 (9th Cir. 1991)
  • Robinson v. Ariyoshi, 887 F.2d 215 (9th Cir. 1989)
  • Uffman v. Housing, Finance & Development Corp., 70 Haw. 64, 760 P.2d 1115 (1988)
  • Anthony v. Kualoa Ranch, Inc., 69 Haw. 112, 736 P.2d 55 (1987)
  • Kona Old Hawaiian Trails Group v. Lyman, 69 Haw. 81, 734 P.2d 161 (1987)
  • Caires v. Kualoa Ranch, Inc., 6 Haw. App. 52, 708 P.2d 848 (1985)
  • United States v. 729.773 Acres of Land, 531 F.Supp. 967 (D. Haw. 1982)
  • State v. Pioneer Mill Co., 64 Haw. 168, 637 P.2d 1131 (1981)
  • Technicolor, Inc. v. Traeger, 57 Haw. 113, 551 P.2d 613 (1976)

EDUCATION

  • J.D. (1974), Stanford Law School
  • A.B. (1971), Georgetown University, magna cum laude

ADMISSIONS

  • Hawaii State Bar ( 1974)
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

PUBLICATIONS

  • Stanford Law Review (Editor: 1973)
  • The Measure of Damage in Rule 10b-5 Cases Involving Actively Traded Securities, 26 Stanford L. Res. 371 (1974)

MEMBERSHIPS/ACTIVITIES

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers – Title Law (National Business Institute, 2013)
  • Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law – Title Risks and Title Insurance Coverage (National Business Institute, 2012)

Georgetown UniversityAB 1971Stanford Law SchoolJ.D. 1974
Hawaii State Bar AssociationAmerican Bar Association

Case History

Dias v. AkiuDias v. Akiu, 2012 WL 1232952 (2012)
Hart v. Ticor Title Ins. Co.Hart v. Ticor Title Ins. Co., 126 Hawa'i 448 (2012)
Hanalei Garden Farms, Inc. v. PaceHanalei Garden Farms, Inc. v. Pace, 2011 WL 3435362 (2011) and 2008 WL 2316303 (2008)
Association of Apartment Owners of 1251 Heulu v. ChungAssociation of Apartment Owners of 1251 Heulu v. Chung, 2007 WL 3044468 (2007)
Lee v. HwangLee v. Hwang, 2007 WL 967112 (2007)
Black v. PollackBlack v. Pollack, 2006 WL 729491 (2006)
Chang v. HoChang v. Ho, 2003 WL 21685827 (2003)
HI Kai Investment, Ltd. v. Krantz et al.HI Kai Investment, Ltd. v. Krantz et al., 84 Haw. 75, 929 P.2d 88 (1996)
Jenkins v. Cades Schutte Fleming & WrightJenkins v. Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright, 76 Haw. 115 (1994)
Price v. HawaiiPrice v. Hawaii, 789 F.Supp. 330 (D. Haw. 1992)
Price v. HawaiiPrice v. Hawaii, 939 F.2d 702 (9th Cir. 1991)
Robinson v. AriyoshiRobinson v. Ariyoshi, 887 F.2d 215 (9th Cir. 1989)
Uffman v. Housing, Finance & Development Corp.Uffman v. Housing, Finance & Development Corp., 70 Haw. 64, 760 P.2d 1115 (1988)
Anthony v. Kualoa Ranch, Inc.Anthony v. Kualoa Ranch, Inc., 69 Haw. 112, 736 P.2d 55 (1987)
Kona Old Hawaiian Trails Group v. LymanKona Old Hawaiian Trails Group v. Lyman, 69 Haw. 81, 734 P.2d 161 (1987)
Caires v. Kualoa Ranch, Inc.Caires v. Kualoa Ranch, Inc., 6 Haw. App. 52, 708 P.2d 848 (1985)
United States v. 729.773 Acres of LandUnited States v. 729.773 Acres of Land, 531 F.Supp. 967 (D. Haw. 1982)
State v. Pioneer Mill Co.State v. Pioneer Mill Co., 64 Haw. 168, 637 P.2d 1131 (1981)
Technicolor, Inc. v. TraegerTechnicolor, Inc. v. Traeger, 57 Haw. 113, 551 P.2d 613 (1976)

Office Location

1000 Bishop Street, Suite 1200
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States


Practice Areas

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law