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Cades Schutte LLP

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 1000 Bishop Street
  • Suite 1200
  • Honolulu
  • Hawaii
  • USA
  • HI 96813

Firm profile submitted by Cades Schutte LLP

Cades Schutte is a full-service law firm with over 65 attorneys. Cades provides superior service in 22 practice areas from its main office in Honolulu and offices in Kona, Waimea, and Kahului. Since the founding of the firm in 1922, Cades attorneys have been called on to serve as counsel in some of the most notable cases and transactions in the State of Hawaii. The firm is proud to serve local, national and international clients.

Cades offers a wide range of services from estate planning and tax to personal litigation services, with an emphasis on business counseling. The firm is organized into five departments - litigation, finance and real estate, corporate, tax, and trusts and estates - but departmental lines are fluid. Cades attorneys from different departments routinely collaborate on projects to benefit clients. This approach provides the full array of the firm’s expertise and experience.

The Litigation Department represents clients in all forms of civil litigation and dispute resolution including jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations, mediations, negotiations, other alternative dispute resolution processes and governmental hearings. Matters handled by firm litigators are often highly complex and cover a broad spectrum of subjects from commercial and corporate matters to personal injury and products liability claims, including:
■ Corporate and securities claims, takeover litigation and class actions
■ Antitrust and trade regulation
■ Contractual disputes
■ Real property title, transfer, land use, leasing and condemnation actions
■ Lenders’ liability
■ Creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and foreclosure
■ Professional liability and malpractice claims
■ Employment and labor relations matters
■ Toxic torts and environmental litigation
■ Automobile, aviation and admiralty claims
■ Libel and communications law actions
■ Construction litigation
■ Insurance coverage issues
■ Tax litigation, both federal and state
■ Trust and probate claims

Finance & Real Estate:
The Finance and Real Estate Department, the largest in Hawaii, has played a major role in numerous significant commercial transactions in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin, including litigation involving real property title and title registration, zoning and land use laws, lease rent renegotiation, construction litigation, real property taxes and condemnation. The firm provides advice, negotiates agreements and drafts legal documentation for:
■ The development, sale and financing of hotel and resort, commercial, residential, industrial, and agricultural properties, including land use and zoning as well as obtaining necessary consents, permits and approvals
■ All forms of lending and banking, including asset-based financing, revolving credit, secured construction and term loans, equipment leasing, letters of credit, and interest rate and currency swaps
■ Condominium, cooperative and time-sharing development and conversion including formation of general and limited partnerships and limited liability companies for the development, sale or syndication of real property

The Corporate Department provides clients with guidance as to the legal and tax effects of the various available forms of business organization, assists in the formation and restructuring of corporations, partnerships and associations, and advises clients concerning compliance with proxy, disclosure and other laws, as well as the negotiation and preparation of commercial documents and agreements for a wide range of business related legal matters, including:
■ Securities regulation and private placements
■ Underwriting
■ Mergers and acquisitions
■ Capital investment and financing
■ Labor relations, employment practices and benefits
■ Immigration

The Tax Department deals with the entire scope of Federal and State of Hawaii tax matters, from planning and advice to administrative proceedings and litigation with extensive experience involving:
■ Corporations, partnerships, non-profit corporations
■ Real estate
■ Historic and housing tax credits
■ Qualified high tech business tax credits
■ International taxes
■ Charitable foundations
■ Executive compensation
■ Trusts and estates

Trusts & Estates:
The Trusts and Estates Department provides legal advice on estate planning and probate and trust administration, including will contests and the taxation of gifts and estates. Cades trust and estate attorneys are experienced in all aspects of estate planning, trust and estate administration, wealth preservation and asset protection, charitable planning, conservatorship and guardianship proceedings, and trust and probate litigation, specializing in:
■ Estate and gift tax
■ Probate
■ Trust and estate litigation
■ Wills and trusts