Deep Island Roots, World View

In 1963 when it was founded, our firm broke ground as the first in Hawaii with Caucasian and Asian named partners, Frank Damon and Henry Shigekane. The ethnic and cultural diversity in our origins continues, reflected by our ability to offer client services in Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Chinese and French in addition to English.

At Damon Key, we think that firms are best judged by their people. Ours are committed, energetic and enthusiastic. We relish challenges.  We temper intelligence and determination with wisdom conferred by a healthy sense of humor, a variety of experiences and a worldview that includes devotion to community and friends. Our firm attracts some of the freshest, brightest talents in law.

Since our beginning 50 years ago, we have remained first and foremost creative, cost-effective problem solvers. We have just over two dozen attorneys who offer a wide range of services for our clients. We have deep roots in the islands’ communities, evidenced by the wide range of professional and service organizations in which our attorneys participate.

Clients benefit from the depth of expertise and diverse backgrounds of our attorneys, the synergy of working relationships within the firm, our multi-language capabilities, and our experience in business management, construction, teaching, science and engineering. We have earned a reputation for preventing and resolving client problems. We consistently strive to achieve cost-effective results, while keeping each client informed throughout the process. We understand that success is measured by client satisfaction.

Our office is in the center of the Honolulu business district, taking the 16th floor of Pauahi Tower at Bishop Square. We are the sole Hawaii firm that is part of the Meritas network of more than 186 independent law firms in at least 90 countries.

Our practice groups include: Business & Commercial Law • Condominium & Community Association Law • Construction Law • Creditor's Rights & Bankruptcy • Immigration & Naturalization Law • Insurance • Land Use & Eminent Domain • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation, & Appeals • Real Estate • Wills, Trusts & Estates 

For more about our firm, go here, or visit our Facebook page to follow us for Legal Alerts, firm updates, upcoming seminars, and other items of interest. All of our lawyers are also on Linkedin.

How much would it be worth to hear your lawyer think out loud in his area of expertise? Visit our blogs.

A Tribute to our Founders

A Tribute to our Founders - Part 1

A Tribute to our Founders - Part 2

A Tribute to Our Founders - Part 3


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  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Energy Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Mediation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts and Estates

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