Timothy J. Lui-Kwan - Carlsmith Ball LLP

Timothy J. Lui-Kwan

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Tim Lui-Kwan is partner in the firm's Honolulu office and is a member of the Corporate & Business Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on regulatory and administrative law. He has represented a broad range of clients in administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies and boards. Prior to joining Carlsmith Ball in 1989, Mr. Lui-Kwan served as the Deputy Planning Director and a Deputy Corporation Counsel for the County of Hawai`i. He has also represented parties in complex litigation involving environmental and Native Hawaiian issues. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Lui-Kwan worked throughout the Pacific Basin as an archaeologist with the Bishop Museum.  He was named Lawyer of the Year—Administrative/Regulatory Law—Hawai`i by The Best Lawyers in America 2015, and also listed for Litigation - Land Use & Zoning.  He has been listed for these practice areas since 2012.

Representative Matters

Regulatory Assists and represents clients in proceedings before a number of regulatory bodies in Hawai`i, including the State Land Use Commission, State Public Utilities Commission, State Land Board, State Water Resource Commission, State Health Planning and Development Agency, State Real Estate Commission and the State Board of Public Accountancy, as well as the Planning Commissions and County Councils of the Islands of Kauai, Maui, and Hawai`i.

Public Contracting and Procurement Represents contractors and vendors in state and county procurements, including protest proceedings and administrative appeals.

Land Use and Planning Represents and advises land developers and operators of numerous resort, commercial and residential projects in all phases of project development, land use and planning. Has also worked for and with state governments in developing regional master plans in coordination with large landowners and developers.

Public Utilities Law Advises a broad range of clients, including energy producers, transportation companies and telecommunications firms, on Hawaii's public utility laws. Has represented energy, transportation and telecommunications clients in proceedings before the State Public Utilities Commission.

Independent Energy Producers Assists energy developers and power plant operators, including cogeneration, geothermal and wind farm projects, in regulatory approvals, project financing, business formation and land use.

Health Care Providers Has assisted health care providers, including hospitals and medical practitioners, in securing certificate of need (CON) approvals, corporate formation and restructuring.


  • He was named Lawyer of the Year—Administrative/Regulatory Law—Hawaii by The Best Lawyers in America 2015, and also listed for Litigation - Land Use & Zoning; listed in the publication since 2012
  • Highest "AV" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory


  • Hawai`i State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Native Hawaiian Bar Association, Member
  • Na Ala Hele Advisory Council (Island of Oahu)

University of Hawaii at ManoaBA William S. Riohardson School of Law, U. of Hawai'i ManoaJ.D.

Office Location

1001 Bishop Street, Suite 2100
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Administrative / Regulatory Law of the Honolulu Metro Area
Timothy J. Lui-Kwan has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Utilities Law