Christina N. Ohira, Hawaii Real Estate Attorney

Christina N. Ohira


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Ms. Ohira is a Director of the firm.  Ms. Ohira concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate and land use law, hotels and resorts, business structure and operations, and commercial transactions. As a Director of the firm, she works on a variety of real estate acquisitions and sales, commercial and residential developments, and commercial leasing.  She also has experience representing condominium associations and assisting in condominium and community developments.

Ms. Ohira’s commercial work includes the formation of business entities and corporate acquisitions and sales.  She also represents clients with liquor licensing matters, including liquor license applications, transfers, and defending alleged violations.

Ms. Ohira has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible “AV” rating for her legal skill and integrity. She has been selected to the 2017 Hawaii Super Lawyers"Rising Star" list.

Ms. Ohira has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu list in the practice area of Real Estate Law since 2018.

Ms. Ohira is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and served as the Chair of the Real Property & Financial Services Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association in 2016.

At the William S. Richardson Law School, Ms. Ohira graduated among the top students in her class.  While in law school Ms. Ohira was a Casenote Editor and the Resource Manager of the University of Hawaii Law Review.  She received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Property I (2005), Internet Law & Policy (2005), State & Local Government (2006) and Secured Transactions (2006).  Ms. Ohira also published an article with Professor David L. Callies, Public Use/Public Purpose After Kelo v. City of New London: What’s Happened Since, in the Institute on Planning, Zoning, and Eminent Domain in 2007.

Some examples of her work include:

Real Estate Transactions.  Assisted in the representation of developers in both acquiring and selling high-profile properties, including hotels and resorts, golf courses, and shopping centers.  Duties included due diligence, drafting and negotiating purchase and sale contracts, financing documents, opinion letters, and working with various state and city permitting agencies.

Real Estate Developments.  Assisted in the representation of developers seeking to develop planned communities, mixed-use projects, and commercial developments. Duties included title review and analysis, identifying and resolving land use and entitlements issues, and coordinating and facilitating survey, construction, and environmental work.

Condominiums. Represented clients seeking to create condominium property regimes and condominium conversions.  Examples include the conversion of an office building into a medical office condominium project, and creation the of various residential condominiums.

Commercial Leasing.  Represented both landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions involving shopping centers, office buildings and ground leases.

Entity Formation and Structuring.  Formation and preparation of corporate documents such as bylaws, operating agreements and shareholder agreements. Examples include, the organization of a beverage company, an event planning company, and equipment rental company.

Commercial Transactions.  Represented clients in the sale and/or acquisition of small businesses.  Examples include the sale / acquisition of a property management company, restaurant and bar, retail establishments, and blinds installation company.

Liquor Licensing.  Represented clients before the Honolulu Liquor Commission seeking Hotel, Restaurant, Dispenser, and Wholesale licenses.  Represented clients before the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau seeking a Federal Basic Permit for the sale of alcohol.  Also represented clients in transferring and obtaining transfers of liquor licenses.