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David has practiced law in Honolulu for over 15 years. He primarily provides representation to hotel and resort owners, to developers and to other commercial property owners, in connection with real estate acquisitions and sales, ground leasing, development and land use matters and financings.

David graduated magna cum laude from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii with an Environmental Law Program Certificate.


David is a 1999 graduate from Princeton University with a degree in molecular biology. Prior to law school, David studied various marine invertebrate species in a laboratory at the University of Hawaii, and has been a contributing author to multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals.


In his free time, David enjoys nature photography, traveling, hiking, gardening and cooking.


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J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, 2004 magna cum laude
Recent Events Editor, University of Hawaii Law Review


B.A., Molecular Biology, Princeton University, 1999


Admissions & Courts
Hawaii (all state and federal courts)


Hawaii State Bar Association


Legal Publications
You Can’t Put the Toothpaste Back into the Tube: The Adequacy of Federal Regulatory Oversight to Prevent Potential Environmental Damage Resulting from the Open-Field Testing of Transgenic Crops, HE MAU MO‘OLELO KANAWAI O KA ‘AINA, The Hawaii Environmental Law Program Paper Series, Fall 2005


No Endangered Species Left Behind:  The Endangered Species Act Amendments of 1978 and the Resulting Inequity in Critical Habitat Designation, 25 U. HAW. L. REV. 525 (2003)

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