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Lyle M. Ishida

LYLE M. ISHIDA was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from Punahou High School in 1980. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle, where he received a degree in Business Administration, cum laude, concentrating in Accounting (Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration) in 1983. He was elected to both Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the nation’s preeminent honor society recognizing outstanding academic achievement in the study of business and management. Mr. Ishida is also a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honorary accounting society, and while at the University of Washington he actively represented student interests in extracurricular as well as formal University management.

Mr. Ishida continued his graduate academic study in the areas of law and business management at Northwestern University, where he simultaneously entered the renowned Northwestern University School of Law and the equally prestigious J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In 1987, Mr. Ishida received both his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from the School of Law, and a Master of Management (M. Mgt.) from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He participated in the Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition and was elected to the Julius H. Miner Moot Court Board in 1986. In addition, during his joint graduate study of law and business, Mr. Ishida continued his interest in scholastic and extracurricular activities, serving as an officer for a number of University-sanctioned associations.

Mr. Ishida was admitted to the bars of the States of Hawaii, in 1987, and Illinois in 1988, and the District of Columbia and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1989. He started his legal career in Honolulu by joining-- a large and prominent state-wide law firm in 1987, and was made a partner to the firm in 1994. In 1995, Mr. Ishida became a counsel to a law firm formed of former colleagues specializing in business and commercial litigation. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Ishida has concentrated his area of practice in commercial, real property and business litigation, including business contract and commercial lease disputes, insurance coverage issues, environmental and intellectual property litigation, and construction defects and mechanics’ lien matters. Mr. Ishida has also specialized in matters on appeal, handling a significant number of appellate cases, by personally appearing and arguing before both the State of Hawaii and Federal appellate courts. Because of the nature of his practice, Mr. Ishida has received a rating by the Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent®.

Because of his formal education and legal experience, Mr. Ishida currently focuses his practice in commercial, real estate and business matters including litigation. In addition to his vigorous representation of clients in pending litigation, Mr. Ishida believes in evaluating alternative dispute resolution options when arbitration or mediation best serves his clients' needs. Mr. Ishida is also a proponent of contributing to the legal and government communities and lends his skills to both the State of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu, by currently serving as the Vice-Chair on the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, having been appointed by the Supreme Court in 2008, and serving as the Chairman for the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City and County of Honolulu, having been appointed in 2011.


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