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McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP

United States 2024

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Year founded: 1989
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We know you have a choice when it comes to your legal services. As one of Hawaii’s preeminent law firms, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP (M4), our reputation for integrity and success has been earned over thirty years of serving the legal needs of the islands and the Pacific Rim.

Our mission is to provide you with counsel that is solution-oriented, practical and timely.

We hold ourselves to the highest caliber of integrity, loyalty and dedication. Respect for our clients and our colleagues is a cornerstone of our firm, prevalent in our daily interactions with each other, our clients and the community.

As one of Hawaii’s largest law firms, the firm has handled some of the most complex business and real estate transactions in Hawaii for local, national and international clientele. Our litigation department is routinely involved in some of the most high profile cases in Hawaii.

M4 understands and provides the same level of effort and care for clients of all sizes, with innovative thinking and collaboration across disciplines, practices and industries to meet client goals.

With M4, clients get big firm resources and experience, with small firm focus and attention.With more than 160 member firms in over 90 countries, M4 is proud to be a member firm of TAGLaw–a worldwide alliance of independent law firms. As a member of TAGLaw, M4 has access to an experienced and extensive network of resources globally to better serve our clients.

We share the entrepreneurial spirit of our clients, rolling up our sleeves alongside them to achieve their goals. Our focus is to consistently deliver creative solutions to your legal challenges while maintaining an eye on the big picture.

Uniquely positioned in the Pacific Rim to help our clients achieve their ambitions, our experienced team represents established clients in every major industry and market, as well as emerging growth companies.

Our attorneys are longstanding members of the community with insight into the local business environment and unique laws found only in Hawaii.


McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP is metro ranked in 22 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law

About Our Clients

M4's litigation team has represented parties in most of the major litigation cases in the State of Hawaii in the past two decades, including the Bishop Estate litigation, and the state antitrust case against the nation’s major energy companies.

M4's Procurement Team obtained judgment on the pleadings in favor of its client, Ansaldo Honolulu JV, in a lawsuit filed by Honolulu resident Paul Berry. Mr. Berry's well-publicized Complaint alleged various statutory violations against Ansaldo and the State of Hawaii arising out of the underlying rail contract.

M4 successfully represented Ansaldo Honolulu JV, the awardee of the Core Systems Design-Build-Operate-Maintain Contract for the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project (Honolulu Rail), in connection with appeals filed by the two losing bidders, Bombardier Transportation (Holdings) USA Inc. and Sumitomo Corporation of America.

M4's Procurement Team obtained a critical victory before the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals on behalf of their client, Ansaldo Honolulu JV, the contract awardee of the $1.4B Core Systems contract for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.

M4's Procurement Team successfully represented CVS Caremark in defending its recent award of the State Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund's Pharmacy Beneficts Management Services contract.

M4 attorneys obtained a significant win in the Hawai'i Intermediate Court of Appeals on behalf of The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

M4 attorneys obtained a significant win in the Hawai'i Supreme Court on behalf of the Planning Commission of the County of Kaua'i.

M4 attorneys were selected to represent the County of Kauai in the Ordinance 960 lawsuit filed by four biotech seed companies in federal court.

M4 attorneys sought a new trial for Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Inc. ("Bubba Gump"). At the trial, the jury awarded plaintiff $2.144 million in damages after determining that Bubba Gump (then represented by separate counsel) was negligent in a slip and fall at its Mai Tai Bar in Ala Moana Center.

M4 attorneys successfully represented the Planning Commission of the County of Kauai in appealing a circuit court's decision that declared a Use Permit and a Class IV Zoning Permit automatically approved and ordered the Planning Commission to grant a Special Permit without further deliberation.

$98.825 Million County of Hawaii General Obligation Bonds, 2013 Series A, 2013 Series B and 2013 Series C. Served as bond counsel to the County of Hawaii for this new money and refunding issue of general obligation bonds. Sale date: January 2013.

$1.169 Million County of Hawaii Public Improvement Bond, 2013 Series A (Kona Ocean View Properties Improvement District No. 19). Served as bond counsel to the County of Hawaii for this new money issue of reimbursable general obligation bonds placed with USDA Rural Development. Sale date: September 2013.

$12.64 Million Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (Maui Regional System) Revenue Anticipation Notes, Series 2013. Served as bond counsel to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and Maui Memorial Medical Center for this new money issue of revenue anticipation notes. Sale date: October 2013.

Real Estate Representative transactions: the Lanihau Shopping Center, Hokua at 1288 Ala Moana, Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort, Capitol Place, Ka Milo at Mauna Lani, Kauna’oa at Mauna Kea, Ke Kailani at Mauna Lani, Maluhia at Wailea, Pacifica Honolulu, Waihonua at Kewalo, and Symphony Park condominiums.

Acquisition of Ritz-Carlton Hotel Kapalua, Fairmont Orchid, Bishop Square, Honolulu Club and Moanalua Hillside Apartments, sales of Aqua Waikiki Pearl Hotel and Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel, sale of St. Francis West Campus to Queens, Development/Entitlement Permits for redevelopment of International Marketplace by Taubman Group.

Timeshare Representative transactions: the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Embassy Ka'anapali Beach Vacation Ownership Program, Club Sunterra Vacations Hawaii, Shell Owners Club – (Hawaii and California), and Fairfield Hawaii at Waikiki Beach Walk.

Select Clients

  • Ansaldo Honolulu JV
  • Capitol Place
  • County of Kauai
  • CVS Caremark
  • Ewa Plain Water Development Corporation
  • Hokua at 1288 Ala Moana
  • Ka Milo at Mauna Lani
  • Kauna’oa at Mauna Kea
  • Ke Kailani at Mauna Lani
  • Lanihau Shopping Center
  • Maluhia at Wailea
  • Ocean Villas at Turtle Bay Resort
  • Pacifica Honolulu
  • Ritz-Carlton Kapalua
  • Symphony Park
  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort
  • Waihonua at Kewalo


Metro Rankings

Tier 1 for Antitrust Law
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Litigation - Insurance
Tier 1 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 2 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 2 for Litigation - Health Care
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 3 for Civil Rights Law
Tier 3 for Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Insurance Law
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Health Care
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts and Estates

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Main Location

Honolulu, HI
Five Waterfront Plaza, Building Five, Fourth Floor
500 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States
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