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Managing Partner / Honolulu

Michelle C. Imata


Michelle Imata has served as a Managing Partner of the firm and as a member of the Transactional practice group. She concentrated her practice on financial institutions, representing credit unions, commercial banks and financial services loan companies. Her practice areas included financial institution regulatory matters including governmental enforcement actions, e-commerce and the electronic funds transfer act, ACH network contracts and issues, financial institution privacy, commercial credit and secured transactions, and real property acquisition and development. Ms. Imata served as corporate counsel to a Hawai`i savings association and advised financial institutions in all aspects of regulatory and compliance matters.  She was selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers 2022 in the field of Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Project Finance Law.


  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers 2022 for Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Project Finance Law; listed since 2013
  • Best Lawyers' 2017 Hawai`i Lawyer of the Year for Financial Services Regulation Law


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association