We’re hard-nosed and with you every step of the way.

A premier law firm

Watanabe Ing is a premier law firm that offers a comprehensive range of legal and consulting services. The diverse 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. We’ve successfully defended against high-stakes lawsuits, facilitated aspects of the largest planned urban development in Honolulu (trust us, it was huge), and advised clients on the latest changes in campaign finance laws.

It started in 1971

Our story began in 1971, when a young group of local attorneys founded the law firm with a simple idea-professional excellence, initiative, responsibility, and a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing our clients in Hawaii's unique environment are essential to client success.

Over 50 years later-the idea is the same, our team has grown, we have garnered local and national awards and distinctions, and we are one of the leading law firms in Hawaiʻi. This is the direct result of our continued response to an ever-changing landscape, while expanding our areas of practice, and continuing our professional development.

While it's been 50 years and counting, we still treat each matter like we're young and it's 1971.

Attorneys, Advisors, and Alumni

A legal team with diverse experiences.

A number of our attorneys and advisors had diverse and successful careers in areas including government, construction, hospitality, the media and the military prior to joining us. These diverse experiences provide our legal and public affairs professionals with a unique perspective in advising clients on local, national, and international issues.

A really, really wide network.

Many of our past team members have built upon the skills gained at our firm and have transitioned into various positions throughout Hawaiʻi - from upper-level management in state and local government, financial institutions, public utilities, and insurance. We take pride in their accomplishments and their continued commitment to our community.

Meet the Team


Recognized by clients and colleagues

With decades of experience among our attorneys and advisors, we are humbled by our clients and colleagues who consistently recognize that our knowledge, skills, and exemplary service go beyond expectations.

In recent years, our attorneys and advisors have been recognized by Honolulu Magazine's Best Lawyers in Hawaiʻi, Best Lawyers® publications, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Super Lawyers®, Hawaii Business Magazine’s 20 for the Next 20 List, and Pacific Business News 40 Under 40 List.  Our Public Affairs Group has been awarded the prestigious Governor's Award by the Retail Merchants of Hawaiʻi.