Philip J. Leas

Philip J. Leas


Cades Schutte LLP

Recognized since 1995

Honolulu, Hawaii

Practice Areas

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
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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)

Contact & Links

Location

  • Cades Schutte Building, Suite 1200
    1000 Bishop Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813

Education

  • Georgetown University, AB, graduated 1971

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, Hawaii State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Hawaii State Bar Association - Member

Cades Schutte LLP
Headquarters: Honolulu, Hawaii

49 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

10 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Honolulu (2020)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Real Estate Law

Special Focus

  • Water

Dias v. Akiu

Dias 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. Pace

Hanalei Garden Farms, Inc. v. Pace, 2011 WL 3435362 (2011) and 2008 WL 2316303 (2008)

Association of Apartment Owners of 1251 Heulu v. Chung

Association of Apartment Owners of 1251 Heulu v. Chung, 2007 WL 3044468 (2007)

Lee v. Hwang

Lee v. Hwang, 2007 WL 967112 (2007)

Black v. Pollack

Black v. Pollack, 2006 WL 729491 (2006)

Chang v. Ho

Chang 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 & Wright

Jenkins v. Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright, 76 Haw. 115 (1994)

Price v. Hawaii

Price v. Hawaii, 789 F.Supp. 330 (D. Haw. 1992)

Price v. Hawaii

Price v. Hawaii, 939 F.2d 702 (9th Cir. 1991)

Robinson v. Ariyoshi

Robinson 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. Lyman

Kona 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 Land

United 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. Traeger

Technicolor, Inc. v. Traeger, 57 Haw. 113, 551 P.2d 613 (1976)

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