Ross T. Shinyama


Mr. Shinyama is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation and Trial Group. Since joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Shinyama has represented clients in complex civil and commercial litigation cases, and administrative proceedings, in the areas of business litigation, construction defects, labor and employment, medical malpractice, personal injury, trusts and estates, and more.

Mr. Shinyama has extensive experience in managing all aspects of a litigation case from pre-trial to its conclusion, including appeals. Mr. Shinyama represented the TMT International Observatory, LLC in oral arguments before the Hawai‘i Supreme Court in connection with TIO’s efforts to obtain a permit to construct an observatory on Mauna Kea mountain. He has also 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 has successfully served as defense counsel for a developer and general contractor in several large class-action construction defect lawsuits involving one of the largest residential developments in Hawai‘i. Over the years, Mr. Shinyama has also successfully represented a Hawai‘i-based medical center against multiple medical malpractice and premises liability actions.  Mr. Shinyama also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution and has successfully and favorably settled numerous cases.

  • University of Hawai‘i Richardson School of Law, J.D. 2007
  • University of Hawai‘i Law Review, Board Member
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Michael G. Foster School of Business, B.A. Business Administration-Accounting
Community Involvement
  • Goodwill Hawaii, Board of Directors (2015-present)
  • Co-Founder and Past President of Honolulu Professionals Foundation.  Currently serves as a Director.
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