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Of Counsel / Honolulu

Dean H. Robb


Dean Robb is Of Counsel in the firm's Honolulu office and is a member of the Transactional practice group. He concentrates his practice on corporate business, finance, construction, acquisitions, ocean and maritime activities, administrative law, government procurement, and international transactions. Admitted to bars throughout the Pacific, Mr. Robb also has considerable experience in the U.S. Pacific islands, including Guam, Saipan and Micronesia. He continues an active practice in these areas.  Mr. Robb was named The Best Lawyers' 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" - for Admiralty & Maritime Law. Only one attorney each year is singled out for this award.  He has been listed in The Best Lawyers of America continuously since 2005.

Mr. Robb has represented a variety of commercial interests throughout the Pacific including shipping, recreation activity providers (tour boats, water sports, etc.) and resorts, design and construction firms, insurance interests, financial institutions and business concerns of almost every type. His clients also include governments in Asia and the Pacific Basin, Japanese trading companies, international construction consortiums, international banks, marine P & I clubs, as well as shipping and fishing companies.

Prior to joining Carlsmith Ball, Mr. Robb was Assistant Attorney General for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a consultant to the United Nations and a consultant to the Asia Pacific Bank.


  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 for Admiralty & Maritime Law, and Commercial Litigation; listed since 2005
  • Named as Best Lawyers 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" - Admiralty & Maritime Law; he previously received this honor in 2018
  • Selected as Best Lawyers' 2012 Honolulu Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer of the year
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2008 and 2010, for Transportation/Maritime and Business/Corporate Law
  • Highest "AV" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Pacific Rim Maritime Law Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association