Mr. Shinyama is a partner in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group.  He joined the firm in 2007.  Mr. Shinyama has represented clients in litigation cases in the areas of business litigation, construction defects, labor and employment, personal injury, medical malpractice, trusts and estates, and more.

Mr. Shinyama has extensive experience in managing all aspects of a litigation case from pre-trial to its conclusion.  He has played an instrumental role on several defense teams that have successfully defended against a multi-million dollar disability discrimination lawsuit and a large employment retaliation lawsuit.  He currently serves as defense counsel for a local developer and general contractor in several large class-action construction defect lawsuits.  Mr. Shinyama also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution and has successfully settled numerous cases.

The discovery of electronically stored information or ESI, a.k.a. “e-discovery,” is currently a major issue in the area of commercial litigation and a growing concern for all clients.  Through his work with several clients, as well as attending national conferences on e-discovery, Mr. Shinyama has gathered extensive knowledge in this area.  He has also helped to broaden and improve the firm’s capabilities in addressing and preparing clients for the demands of e-discovery.

Mr. Shinyama is a co-founder and the current President of the Honolulu Professionals Foundation (“HPF”), a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises funds for other local non-profits.  In the last three years alone, HPF has raised and donated over $100,000 for local non-profits, Kupu Hawaii, REACH Out Hawaii, Surfrider Spirit Sessions, and YOU Today.

Mr. Shinyama received his law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i.  During his time there, Mr. Shinyama served as a Production Editor for the University of Hawai‘i Law Review and also co-founded the Business Executive Legal Society.  He also served as an extern for the Honorable Kevin S.C. Chang, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Hawai‘i.

Mr. Shinyama is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Practice Areas


  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, J.D., 2007
    University of Hawai‘i Law Review, Board Member
    CALI Award in Conflict of Laws
  • Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle, B.A. in Business Administration – Accounting

Bar Admissions

  • Hawai’i