Alan J. Ma joined Watanabe Ing LLP as a partner in 2017 as the head of the firm’s Banking and Real Estate Group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ma was a partner at Durrett, Ma & Lang, LLLP. Mr. Ma has extensive experience in the areas of financial services, real estate development, commercial transactions, business formation and advice, land use entitlements, as well as bankruptcy, foreclosure and real estate related litigation.  Mr. Ma also acts as a mediator for cases within his areas of expertise.

He represents leading financial institutions, developers and other commercial entities in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland in connection with major retail, industrial, residential and resort projects in Hawaii, as well as Hawaii small businesses and real estate professionals.

In addition, Mr. Ma is a past secretary of the Bankruptcy Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association and is on the alternative dispute resolution panels of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawaii and the Mediation Center of the Pacific. Mr. Ma is also a Hawaii licensed real estate salesperson.

Practice Areas

Representative Transactions:

  • Hypo Real Estate Capital in the construction financing of the Waikiki Trump Tower and Resort Hotel
  • Deutsche Bank in the acquisition and construction financing of the Hualalai Resort Hotel on the island of Hawaii
  • Deutsche Bank in connection with the acquisition and construction financing of the Four Seasons Wailea Hotel in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
  • Deutsche Bank in connection with the acquisition financing of the Kona Village Resort in Kona, Hawaii
  • Halekua Development Corp. in connection with the redemption of 161 acres of real property in Ewa, Honolulu, Hawaii, from its own Chapter 7 bankruptcy estate for $100,000,000 in financing
  • Numerous developers as well as buyers and sellers of residential and industrial condominiums, shopping centers and subdivisions on all islands
  • Land-use entitlement proceedings before all relevant agencies of the State of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu

Published Decisions:

  • Employee Management Corporation v. the Aloha Group, Limited, et al., 87 Haw. 350, 956 P.2d 1282 (Int. Ct. App. Haw. 1998)
  • In the Matter of the Application of Gray Line Hawaii, Ltd., 93 Haw. 45, 995 P.2d 776 (Sup. Ct. Haw. 2000)

Professional and Community Organizations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Hawaii Bar Association
  • Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise (2008 to present; President from 2015-2016)
  • Central YMCA Board of Directors (1995-2004)
  • Licensed Hawaii Real Estate Salesperson (1996 to present)
  • Board of Directors, Hawaii State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section (2000-2001)


  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, B.A. (Economics & Business), Cum Laude, 1986
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1991
  • International Environmental Law Review

Bar Admissions:

  • Hawaii, 1991
  • United States District Court, District of Hawaii, 1991
  • United States Tax Court, 2002