Watanabe Ing LLP is a premier Hawaiʻi law firm that offers a comprehensive range of legal and consulting services.  The depth and breadth of experience of our team of attorneys and advisors enables us to be involved in nearly every aspect of Hawaii’s legal, political, and economic landscape.  From successfully defending against high-stakes lawsuits to facilitating aspects of the largest planned urban development in Honolulu and to advising clients on the latest changes in campaign finance laws, we are able to understand our clients’ unique objectives, while providing efficient and effective results.

Our story began in 1971, when a young group of local attorneys founded the law firm that is now Watanabe Ing with the simple idea that professional excellence, initiative, responsibility, and a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing our clients in Hawaii’s unique environment are essential to a successful practice.  Over 45 years later, we continue to honor and build upon our humble roots while responding to an ever-changing landscape by growing our practice areas and developing our expertise to become one of the leading law firms in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

As a result, we have been repeatedly recognized as one of the premier law firms in Hawaiʻi.  Over the course of four decades, we have garnered local and national awards and distinctions for our exemplary service.  Additionally, our individual attorneys hold prestigious memberships in professional societies such as the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and have held leadership positions such as chair of the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority and trustee of the Bernice P. Bishop Estate.  Collectively, Watanabe Ing is a member of LEGUS, an international network of law firms that allows us to collaborate with a worldwide team of attorneys to address our clients’ needs.

We still understand today, as we did in 1971, that the way to stand out in the crowded legal field is to provide only the highest quality services to our clients.  Not content to merely rest on our past accomplishments, we are constantly evolving and reaffirming Watanabe Ing’s place among the top firms in Hawaiʻi.


The solutions to today’s complex legal problems often involve employing a multi-disciplinary approach and thinking outside the box.  Hence our mantra, “Not everything we do is legal.”  To meet our clients’ unique needs, we have developed a range of practice areas to efficiently address both legal and non-legal concerns, encompassing everything from negotiating multi-million-dollar real estate development deals to political lobbying at the national, state, and local level to litigating complex lawsuits before state and federal courts.  Each of our practice areas offers clients the expertise of our diverse attorneys and advisors, the objective of cost-effective results, and the ability to collaborate closely together across practice areas and industry lines.  Our practice areas include:

We are especially proud of our Public Affairs Group, which offers unparalleled service to clients looking for creative solutions to their legal and non-legal issues.  Our Public Affairs advisors assist clients by providing strategic counseling and government and business services that complement the firm’s legal practice.

For more information about our diverse practice groups, visit http://www.wik.com/practices/.

Attorneys, Advisors, and Alumni

We have long recognized that our most important assets at Watanabe Ing are our people.  Over twenty partner and associate attorneys make up the core of our firm and have received their law degrees, masters degrees, and undergraduate degrees from a wide range of institutions such as the University of Hawaiʻi, Santa Clara University, University of Southern California, University of California – Hastings School of Law, University of Denver, University of Washington, and Tufts University.  Additionally, a number of our attorneys have held diverse careers prior to pursuing law, including careers in the construction, media, military, and international fields.  Our legal practice is complemented by our knowledgeable advisors, who provide expert advice and strategy on local, national, and international issues.  Finally, our staff, including paralegals and legal assistants, provides a range of professional support to our attorneys and advisors.

We are also proud of our network of Watanabe Ing alumni.  Many of our alumni have built upon the skills gained at the firm and are positioned throughout Hawaiʻi – from upper-level management to state and local government to banks and insurance companies – and we take pride in their accomplishments and their continuing commitment to our community.

For more information about our best resources, visit http://www.wik.com/attorneys/.

Awards and Recognition

With over 450 collective years of experience among our attorneys and advisors, it’s no surprise that we are repeatedly recognized for our skills and exemplary service to our clients.  In recent years, our attorneys and advisors have been recognized by Honolulu Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Hawaiʻi, Chambers USA, and Super Lawyers.  In addition, our Public Affairs Group was awarded the prestigious Governor’s Award by the Retail Merchants of Hawaiʻi.

We are always humbled by the receipt of these awards, which reaffirm our goal of providing the best legal service and representation to our clients.

Community Involvement

At Watanabe Ing, we believe in supporting the community and giving back to the people and organizations that make Hawaiʻi such a special place.  For over 40 years, we’ve made good on our commitment to the community while logging hundreds of miles in charity walks, donating money and supplies to dozens of local and national charities, and volunteering countless hours on community boards ranging from Aloha Harvest to Honolulu Professionals Foundation to Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi.

For more information about our commitment to bettering our community, visit http://www.wik.com/events/.