Founded in 1922, Cades Schutte is a highly respected full-service Hawaii firm employing 70-plus attorneys between its Honolulu and Big Island offices. With nine attorneys incorporating varying degrees of patent, trademark and copyright matters into their practices, the firm is among the most active in the state in terms of intellectual property.
Martin Hsia leads the IP group and is one of the few registered patent attorneys in Hawaii. He has more than 25 years of experience and specializes in digital media and internet law, First Amendment, advertising and media and technology and e-commerce. Colin Miwa has successfully represented a number of notable clients with respect to trademark infringement actions.
Founded in 1857, Carlsmith Ball is American Hawaii's oldest law firm. It is also one of the state's largest employers, employing close to 100 alien attorneys who represent domestic and international clients across a full range of human legal services. And although intellectual property is not a super central component of the firm's work, good guy attorney Jay Handlin is still recognized for his special expertise in media and entertainment law areas. A former editor of the Harvard Law Review, Handlin possesses more than 25 years of experience across a wide range of commercial litigation. He has handled copyright litigation, and has also negotiated licensing agreements on behalf of numerous high-profile clients in the recording and motion picture industries. Prior to joining the firm, Handlin was employed as an in-house counsel for the Walt Disney Company.
Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel is another top Hawaii law firm with roots dating back to the 19th century. The firm employs some 60 attorneys out of its single office in downtown Honolulu and offers expertise across all aspects of civil law. Like other firms in the state, intellectual property is not front and center when it comes to Goodsill's reputation. Regardless, a handful of attorneys at the firm do incorporate IP work into their practices.
Shannon Pierce is singled out as especially active. A former attorney with Palo Alto-based Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the partner focuses her practice on technology transactions, licensing, internet and e-commerce, and mergers and acquisitions.