Smith, Jesse J.T.

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Address: Five Waterfront Plaza, 4th Floor 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96813
Lawyer Firm: McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP
Phone: 808-529-7300
Fax: 808-524-8293

Areas of Practice Litigation

A partner in the firm’s litigation department, Jesse Smith is a civil trial attorney whose practice focuses on a diverse client group involved in local, international, and cross-border disputes. Born and raised in the snowy Northeast, Mr. Smith obtained his B.A. with honors from Hamilton College, where he wrote an award winning paper on the Bakumatsu period of Japanese history. Prior to moving to Hawaii to attend law school at the William S. Richardson School of Law, Mr. Smith lived in Japan for four years, and was a participant on the Japan Exchange Teaching Programme, earning certificates in Japanese language and interpretation. While in law school, Mr. Smith served as an Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Pacific Law and Policy Journal, studied international arbitration law with a former member of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body, and was an award-winning member of the law school’s Native American Moot Court team. Prior to joining McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP as an associate attorney in 2011, Mr. Smith clerked for the Honorable Lisa M. Ginoza, Chief Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawaii.

Representative Matters• Currently representing two publicly traded companies in Japan and Singapore in separate binding arbitration proceedings involving their subsidiaries in Honolulu, Hawaii.• Involved in ground breaking Ninth Circuit appeal of civil rights lawsuit filed by multinational seed corporations under the State of Hawaii’s GMO laws.• Successfully defended internationally acclaimed architect in five-day bench trial in multi-million dollar dispute involving the construction of a high-end home on Maui.• Negotiated large, complex settlements in state and federal court litigation matters involving Japanese companies and individuals.• Represented renowned sex abuse lawyer in newsworthy federal court legal malpractice action arising from Hollywood pedophilia scandal.• Retained by large insurance company to prepare and argue post-trial motion overturning $2M+ jury verdict in state court personal injury case.

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