Attorney Profile

Naomi Hirayasu


Areas of Practice: Family Law, Adoption, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Pre-Nuptial Agreements, Litigation, Real Estate Law, Property Division, Paternity, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts.

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1981
  • California, 1990


  • London School of Economics University of London, London, England
    • LL.M. (1986)
  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • J.D. (1981)
    • Law Review: University of Hawaii Law Review, Editorial Staff
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
    • B.A. (Cum Laude) – 1973
    • Honors: College Scholar, Dean’s list
    • Honors: Member, Middlebury College Debate Team
    • Honors: Advanced Research Project, Political Philosophy
    • Honors: Assistant Director, production of Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Major: Philosophy
  • Kailua High School, Kailua, Hawaii
    • Honors: Salutatorian
    • Honors: National Merit Finalist
    • Honors: National Honor Society and Debate Team
  • Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School, Waimanalo, Hawaii
  • Kauluwela Elementary School, Honolulu, Hawaii

Published Works

  • “The Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters”, 16 Lincoln Law Review 27 (1990).
  • “Dissolution of Partnership” and “Commercial Paper” in the Florida Litigation Guide (Matthew-Bender 1989).
  • “Adverse Possession and Quiet Title Actions in Hawaii – Recent Constitutional Developments”, 19:1 Hawaii Bar Journal 59 (1985).

Honors and Awards

  • Justice Award recipient 2009 – The Justice Award is presented each year to an attorney who has contributed extensive pro bono work, has actively supported legal activities beneficial to society, and/or has encouraged public education on legal issues.
  • Recipient, C.J.S. Award for Legal Scholarship
  • Awardee, LSCRRC grant
  • Invited by the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court to serve as Arbitrator on the Court Annexed Arbitration Program
  • Invited to serve as grader for the California Bar Exam
  • Research Project in Civil Rights and 42 USC 1983

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • The Millenium, A publication of the London School of Economics, Editorial Board
  • The Hague (den Haag), Academy of International Law, Attendee

Past Employment Positions

  • Matthew-Bender, Oakland, California, Consultant and Writer
  • Sixth District Appellate Project, San Jose, California, Appeals Writer
  • Office of the Public Defender, State of Hawaii, Deputy Public Defender
  • Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawaii, Law Clerk
  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii, Research Assistant to Professor Bowman, Commentary on the Hawaii Evidence Code
  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii, Research Assistant to Professor Jon Van Dyke, International Law


  • Instructor – Civil Procedure, Sales and Secured Transactions, Constitutional Law, Advanced Legal Analysis and Legal Research, at American Bar Association (ABA) Law Schools and at California Bar (Cal Bar) law schools in San Francisco, San Jose, Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Instructor, Paralegal Programs and Community Colleges, Northern California, Silicon Valley, Saratoga, Los Altos and the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Instructor, Sack-Erickson Bar Review Course, San Francisco, California
  • Instructor – Civil Procedure and Contracts, University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law Pre-Admission Program

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mediator, Mediation Center of the Pacific
  • Attorney, Ala Kuola
  • Attorney, Neighborhood Law Clinics
  • Attorney, Consumer Credit Clinics
  • Attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii

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