Real Estate in Hawaii
First Hawaiian Center, 999 Bishop Street, Suite #1250, Honolulu, HI 96813
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 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 45 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 45 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.
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, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers. Our Public Affairs Group was awarded the prestigious Governor's Award by the Retail Merchants of Hawaiʻi.
Alan J. Ma joined Watanabe Ing in 2017. Mr. Ma has a broad practice that centers on real estate.
Mr. Ma has experience with real estate development, commercial and residential financing, business formation, the acquisition and sale of businesses, land use entitlements, bankruptcy, foreclosure and real estate related litigation. He also acts as a mediator for cases within his areas of expertise.
Mr. Ma is also a past secretary of the Bankruptcy Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and is on the alternative dispute resolution panels of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawai‘i and the Mediation Center of the Pacific.
- 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
- Rotary Club of Kahala Sunrise (2008 to present; President from 2015-2016)
- Construction financing of the Waikiki TrumpTower and Resort Hotel
- Acquisition and construction financing of the Hualalai Resort Hotel on the island of Hawaii
- Acquisition and construction financing of the four Seasons Wailea Hotel in Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
- Acquisition financing of the Kona Village Resortin Kona, Hawaii
- Employee Management Corporation v. the AlohaGroup, Limited, et al., 87 Haw. 350, 956 P.2d 1282 (Int. Ct. App. Haw. 1998)
- In the Matter of the Application of Gray LineHawaii, Ltd., 93 Haw. 45, 995 P.2d 776 (Sup. Ct. Haw. 2000)