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J. Kainoa Tabar

J. Kainoa Tabar

Attorney at Law

Honolulu
Hawaii
Licensed in
HI
Hofstra University - Maurice A. Deane School of Law Hempstead
5.0 5
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About
I help companies navigate their way through risk and litigation by thorough work-up of my cases, contemplative analysis, even-handed weighing of all options, straight-forward dealing with opposing counsel, taking aggressive action at the right time, and an adherence to professionalism and a sense of fairness born of Hawaii values and custom.

I studied law at Hofstra and in Hawaii ("Richardson's"), was on law review and helped win Hawaii Innocence Project's first exoneration. My first case in solo practice went up to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and won. Outside of work, I surf, serve on the board of the public library, and help
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8
Years
experience

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5.0
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Meets Deadlines

"Mr. Tabar is extremely professional and knowledgeable.  He helped us with issues regarding our property and did so in a caring manner.  He not only answered all our questions, but he relayed specific, easy-to-follow instructions to us on how we could resolve our issues.  We'll definitely contact Mr. Tabar for assistance in the future."

Dispute over disclosures in sale of home
Posted on Oct 12, 2017
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"Because of the dual scope and nature of a suit I was preparing, I expected having trouble finding an attorney with experience in both those fields. I was able to find such - Attorney J. Alan “Kainoa” Tabar. I thoroughly recommend him and would without hesitation use him again. Why? Kainoa is punctual (hard to get to him by phone, but he gets back to you in a marvelously timely manner, either by his phone or email – without exception), impressive in his expertise, and exercises superb judgment. Additionally, I found him to be honest (even telling me in the beginning that I - not an attorney but a lot of audit and investigative case experience - had a winning case prepared and didn’t need him), and he promptly returns any unused retainer (with my not even having mentioned that). Well, did I need him? Yes - he improved anything I'd develop. Plus he saved me; see the last sentence below. Further, he’s a good listener, soft-spoken, and polite; however, don’t let those gentle attributes fool you. When the other side (as he tactfully calls them – I called them something else!) has you worn down, stressed, and ready to settle for half a cake, Kainoa has none of it. Yes, best to have “Kainoa” Tabar on your team."

Civil litigation involving association of apartment owners
Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Work History

J Kainoa Tabar LLLC

Attorney

Oct 2014 - Present

Representing clients in business, contracts, construction, real estate, land transactions, preventative practice and policy.

Oct 2014 - Present

Badger Arakaki LLLC

Attorney

Jan 2012 - Sep 2014

Civil litigation practice focusing on the areas of business law and litigation, real estate, construction, special education cases under the IDEA.

Jan 2012 - Sep 2014

Hawaii Innocence Project

Assistant director

Dec 2009 - May 2011

Finding post conviction relief for the wrongfully convicted. Post conviction litigation, case management, strategy development, field investigation, motion writing, client counseling, witness interviewing, grant writing, fundraising, guiding students participating in the clinical program.

Dec 2009 - May 2011

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