Kobayashi Sugita & Goda is one of Hawaii’s premier full-service law firms, with notable strengths in complex commercial, business, and construction litigation. The firm has represented a number of high-profile clients in a number of disputes related to finance, transactions, banking, general corporate, regulatory, land use, labor management, wrongful termination, and immigration. Although operating solely from their offices in Honolulu, Kobayashi has a global reach, representing clients in the US mainland, Far East, and Pacific Rim.
Founding partner Bert Kobayashi Jr. is highly regarded by peers and competitors who laud his expert knowledge of Hawaii’s governmental, political, and business affairs. His practice includes commercial and construction litigation, administrative law, governmental procurement and contracts, and antitrust. Lex Smith focuses his practice on advising clients in commercial disputes in federal and state courts, including class action litigation, mergers and acquisitions, as well as appellate proceedings. In addition, Smith has extensive experience representing clients on matters dealing with the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, the State of Hawaii Office of Attorney General, grand jury, and other investigations. Partner Joseph Stewart has been at the firm for over 20 years and dedicates his practice to complex commercial litigation and transactions, public utility, land use, and various administrative and governmental issues. David Lourie handles complex commercial disputes, particular in litigation involving construction defect and liability insurance defense. Previously, Lourie served as Attorney General of Hawaii from 2011 to 2014. Future star Bruce Nakamura is an emerging litigator at the firm concentrating on public utilities litigation. Nakamura represents both private companies and public institutions in a variety of commercial disputes and regulatory proceedings.