Tom E. Roesser - Carlsmith Ball LLP

Tom E. Roesser

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 808-523-2553

Tom E. Roesser chairs the firm's Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights Practice Group.  Mr. Roesser concentrates on advising financial institutions on problem loans, including loan workouts and foreclosures, bankruptcy, and lender liability issues.  He served as President of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the Hawai`i  State Bar Association in 2005 and is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.  He also concentrates in commercial lending, including security interests in both real and personal property, the Uniform Commercial Code, and in usury and financial services loan regulations as they apply to small and large financial institutions.  Mr. Roesser's experience also includes consumer credit issues, including the Truth in Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Credit Reporting and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.  He is a frequent speaker, giving presentations at numerous seminars regarding developments in the consumer credit area.

Mr. Roesser was recently named Honolulu Lawyer of the Year—Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law by The Best Lawyers in America 2016. He is also listed by the publication for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency.  He is listed in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 1) and forCorporate/Commercial:  Finance. Chambers said, "Tom Roesser is considered by peers to be 'one of the top and most innovative lawyers for bankruptcy work.'"

Representative Matters

Bankruptcy Provided advice, negotiation, and documentation work for financial institutions in numerous bankruptcy proceedings.  Served as local counsel to Joshua Gotbaum, Chapter 11 Trustee for Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., in which the confirmed plan of reorganization provided for a 100% recovery to general unsecured creditors.  Also served as local counsel to the Secured Creditors in the Liberty House case, in which the confirmed plan of reorganization converted the secured claim of $150 million into ownership of Liberty House.  Secured Creditors subsequently sold Liberty House to Federated Department Stores. 

Financial Institution Conducted negotiations and prepared documentation for foreclosure on 1,000-acre mixed use project on Maui. After obtaining judgment, borrower sold property and creditor received entire principal balance of loan, all accrued interest, attorney fees and late charges.

Commercial Lending Provided negotiations and documentation for $25 million dollar loan for commercial building mortgage on Oahu. Transaction involved complex issues related to use of additional collateral located out of the United States. Prepared loan documents for refinancing of $35 million shopping center loan and also prepared loan documents to finance purchase of $22 million condominium building.

Loan Workouts Provided advice, negotiation, and documentation work for numerous loan workouts for financial institutions. Loan workouts have been for a variety of projects, including auto dealers, real estate developers, golf courses, and residential properties. 

Truth in Lending Represented financial institutions in connection with litigation arising from truth in lending charges by borrowers.  Advised financial institutions on Truth in Lending compliance to prevent litigation. 

Licenses Assisted in obtaining financial services loan compliance license for multiple financial services institutions.


  • Listed in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016 for Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 1) and forCorporate/Commercial:  Finance
  • Named Honolulu Lawyer of the Year—Mortgate Banking Foreclosure Law by The Best Lawyers in America 2016
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and for Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law; listed in the publication since 2010
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2013 for Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights


  • Hawai`i State Bar Association

Boston UniversityNorthwestern UniversityBA 1979

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law of the Honolulu Metro Area
Tom E. Roesser has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law

Other Information

Gender: Male