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Darren has practiced law in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tokyo, Japan and Sacramento, California for over 30 years.  Since February 2008 Darren has worked with the attorneys at Sullivan Law Group providing full service representation to a wide range of hotel and resort owners and commercial property owners and lenders.  Since 2017, Darren has represented borrowers on over 40 financing transactions totaling in excess of $8 billion, as well as various private equity lenders on real estate secured and mezzanine refinancing transactions.  During the same period, transactions have included the acquisition and sale of The Ritz-Carton Kapalua, the acquisition of The Westin Maui Resort & Spa and the Grand Wailea, and the financing of the Park Lane Ala Moana condominium project.   Darren also maintains an active California practice, representing hotel owners, shopping center owners and other commercial property interests in connection with financings, work-outs, leasing, purchases and sales, and development matters.

From 2005 to 2007, Darren was at the Sacramento firm of McDonough Holland & Allen where he represented institutional and private lenders, borrowers, and a major pension fund in connection with a wide variety of real estate finance transactions, as well as commercial landlords on leasing and property management matters.

Prior to moving to California, he worked for five years in Tokyo, Japan at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, the then largest law firm in Japan. His practice focused on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, workouts, real estate finance and securitization projects. Representative transactions included:  Mitsui Trust & Banking (workout of Hawaii real estate loans in excess of $1 billion); Eastman Kodak (¥42 billion joint venture with Sanyo Electric for development of OLED technologies); Lehman Brothers (build-out of Tokyo headquarters); and Trinity Investment Trust (¥63 billion J-REIT).

Darren started his law career in 1992 at McCorriston Miho & Miller where his practice included a broad range of real estate and business matters, as well as commercial and real estate litigation.



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J.D., University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1992


Production Editor, California Law Review, 1990-1992

International Tax and Business Lawyer, 1989-1990


B.A. with Honors, Economics, University of California, Davis, 1988

UC Davis Departmental Citation in Economics

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Pi Sigma Alpha


Admissions & Courts
Hawaii (all state and federal courts)

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

California (all state courts)

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Hawaii State Bar Association
The State Bar of California


Legal Publications

The Sanction for Violation of California’s One-Action Rule, 79 CALIF. L. REV. 1601, 1991 (cited in Restatement (Third) of Property: Mortgages §8.2 (1997); 4 H. Miller & M. Starr, Current Law of California Real Estate (2d ed. Supp. 1992))

Real Property Tax Law in Hawaii, Seminar Manual for the National Business Institute, 1995 (co-author)

Some Tips on How to Avoid Tax Liens on Your Property, Honolulu Advertiser, Feb. 10, 1993; How State’s Laws Regulate Underground Storage Tanks, Honolulu Advertiser, Apr. 7, 1993; Here’s the Rundown on Hawaii’s Lemon Law, Honolulu Advertiser, June 2, 1993; Unordered Items Sent Through the Mail are Yours for Free, Honolulu Advertiser, July 14, 1993; The No-Smoking Laws as They Now Stand in Hawaii, Honolulu Advertiser, August 11, 1993; Was Customer Taken for a Ride on Automobile Repairs?, Honolulu Advertiser, Sept. 8 1993 (co-author)

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