Mr. Kang’s practice focuses on government and regulatory affairs, including advising clients on campaign finance, lobbying and ethics, legislative matters, and cable television regulation. He partners closely with the Public Affairs Group of the firm and has assisted clients with understanding and complying with regulations in an often complex and evolving environment, while also collaborating with them in developing and implementing strategic, responsible and proactive policies and legislative initiatives.
Mr. Kang’s recent experience includes developing policies and procedures for organizations involved in campaign-related matters; analyzing lobbying and ethics compliance issues for major corporations, unions and non-profits; representing individuals and organizations in matters before the Campaign Spending Commission; representing a major cable television company in an arbitration involving a multi-million dollar request for equipment; providing guidance to a corporation in complying with state data breach disclosure requirements, and assisting with numerous regulatory matters relating to cable television franchise compliance and renewals.
In his career, Mr. Kang has handled numerous matters before a wide range of regulatory agencies, including the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Campaign Spending Commission, Ethics Commission, Board of Land and Natural Resources, Federal Elections Commission and others, and has litigated matters before the state and federal courts in Hawai‘i, including appellate work before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Hawai‘i Intermediate Court of Appeals and the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. He previously served as a member of the State of Hawai‘i Campaign Spending Commission Blue Ribbon Recodification Committee to clarify and recodify Hawai‘i’s campaign finance laws.
Mr. Kang’s community activities include service as a member of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board, as a member of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Elementary School and Moanalua Elementary School school-community councils and Central District Advisory Council, and as a co-coach of the Moanalua High School mock trial team.
Mr. Kang joined Watanabe Ing LLP in 1996 after serving a clerkship with the Honorable Colleen K. Hirai, Judge of the First Circuit Court, State of Hawai‘i. He is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before all of the state and federal courts of the state of Hawai‘i, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
- Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 1995
- University of Hawaii, B.A. in Journalism, 1990