Hew and Bordenave, LLP

Hew and Bordenave, LLP

Hew and Bordenave a Limited Liability Law Partnership, is a Honolulu-based firm that handles business law and commercial litigation matters for clients in Hawaii and California.

Firm Overview

Our firm is primarily focused on assisting business owners with their transactional, compliance, and commercial litigation needs. This includes the entity formation, the buying and selling of businesses, licensing and permitting, and as well as handling disputes. Our commercial practice spends a lot of time counseling clients on potential business deals and walking them through the steps of closing a transaction, whereas our litigation side deals with breach of contract or business torts complaints. The firm has clients in the solar, construction, licensed professionals, design and marketing, application and website development, food, and retail industries. Additionally, we do provide notary public services.

Whether the goal is to advise business owners on contract and compliance matters or represent them in enforcing their rights or defending them from lawsuits, Hew and Bordenave are attorneys for building or fighting. The firm has clients from a variety of industries, including restaurant and bar, application and software development, social media and web consulting, solar, construction, licensed contracting, and retail.
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Main Office
Main
1575 S. Beretania Street Ste 206
Honolulu  HI  96826
Phone
  • (808) 944-8400
Fax
  • (808) 930-5098
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, up to 30 minutes, whether by phone or in-person.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Yes, some services of mine are offered on a fixed fee basis due to their nature, such as licensing and permitting, or starting a business for single-member LLCs, and the like.
Hourly Rates
Our rates vary depending on the nature of the matter.

Office Information

Office Hours
My office hours are Monday through Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Caleb DeVera
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
Yes, conversational Japanese, Spanish, and Chinese (Cantonese).
Business
Hew and Bordenave a Limited Liability Law Partnership LLP is a Honolulu-based firm that handles business law and commercial litigation matters for clients in Hawaii and California.
COMMERCIAL LAW
The firm provides the following services for business owners who need help with their transactional and compliance matters:

COMMERCIAL LAW SERVICES
contracting reviewing and drafting
entity formation (LLCs, corporations, partnerships, and various other types of business arrangements)
government filings and applications, including items like DCCA filings, USPTO trademark registrations, and Liquor Licenses. Researching and advising on local regulatory matters - in particular, for new business plans and models

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
The firm represents clients that have disputes, whether it is in court or arbitration, and will take clients on the following matters:

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION SERVICES
Hawaii and California court proceeding representation
mediation and arbitration proceeding representation
pre-litigation analysis, including asset search and investigation
litigation support

Is your firm willing to help a client with one discrete part of a case, without taking on the whole case?

Yes, but it depends. If we feel that client is asking us something that in our genuine opinion would hurt the case or project due to the separation, then we would state so, and recommend otherwise or refer them to another attorney.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

I handle all the work myself, but that being said I am willing to send part of the work (with the client's approval) to another attorney if it is a large project to meet time-based requirements. In addition, I believe breaking up larger projects and having the client use multiple attorneys, utilizing their specialties, achieves economic efficiency for the client.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

We draft alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses in our agreements and frequently analyze whether an ADR situation may be more cost-effective than outright suing. Ultimately, it is up to the client, but they are counseled on these options.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

Yes.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are business-oriented with the use of modern technology. As a small law firm we have chosen to adopt technologies, which allows us to be lean and work with clients that are also comfortable with technology, including online invoicing, cloud technologies, and e-signatures (when appropriate). One of our partners has a JD/MBA, whereas another partner is licensed both in Hawaii and California. Finally, we work with a number of contract attorneys and professional contractors if a client needs services beyond just our law firm. We host and conduct seminars with a variety of organizations, so that we can continue to give back to the community by educating them about legal issues.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

We think it is good that clients want to educate themselves and understand aspects of the law, as a well-educated client is easier for us to work with and can communicate with us effectively about their goals and understands our use of legal terms. However, our expectation is that clients are educating themselves to learn about the legal issue as opposed to self-representing themselves on mistake belief or opinion on the operation of law.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Yes.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Yes, but it depends on the situation.

Ryan Hew

My practice was established in 2010, but I have been working and practicing in the law for the past 3 years. It was born out of my desire to help fellow startups and small business owners due to my educational and work background. I have a JD/MBA and have worked and volunteered at the Legislature, Judiciary, and for-profit and non-profit companies.

I handle all the work myself, but that being said I am willing to send part of the work (with the client's approval) to another attorney if it is a large project to meet time-based requirements. In addition, I believe breaking up larger projects and having the client use multiple attorneys, utilizing their specialties, achieves economic efficiency for the client.

License
  • Bar Number: 9176
    Hawaii , 2009

Trejur Bordenave

Trejur's practice areas include commercial litigation and personal injury matters in both Hawaii and California State and Federal Courts. In the Firm's commercial litigation division, Trejur represents clients facing complex business disagreements, breach of contract, unfair and deceptive business practices, mergers and acquisitions, and defamation. In personal injury disputes, Trejur represents clients in the Firm's general liability division, and represents victims of sexual abuse or sexual harassment. A graduate of Lahainaluna High School on Maui, and University of Hawaii at Manoa, Trejur spends his downtime surfing, exercising, and spending time with family.

Caleb DeVera

Caleb provides case management and administrative support for the Firm. Along with managing the Beretania office, Caleb assists with client logistics, client filings, case management, and client interface. Prior to joining the Firm, Caleb worked in the medical and technical fields as an analyst and account manager, and brings those expertise with him to the Firm.

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