Tom Watts Degele-Mathews & Yoshida, LLP

Tom Watts Degele-Mathews & Yoshida, LLP

Our attorneys provide effective and timely legal services at a reasonable cost.

Firm Overview

The firm has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Two of our attorneys have been honored to be listed for several years in the real estate category of Chambers and Partners USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. We have also been recognized as one of US News & World Report's "Best Law Firms" in Real Estate Law.

Tom Watts Degele-Mathews & Yoshida, LLP, was established in 2012 by most of the former partners of Porter Tom Quitiquit Chee & Watts, LLP. The firm consists of six highly skilled and experienced attorneys with a professional support staff. With offices in Honolulu and Kailua-Kona, our attorneys are here to serve you.


Experienced & Focused
Each of our partners has practiced law for 20 years or more. We are fortunate to be able to concentrate our legal practice on the areas of law we enjoy, and represent select clients in areas of law relating to Real Estate and Business.

Recognized
As partners, we dedicate and combine our experience, efforts, and skills to achieve the best results for our clients. We are AV rated by Martindale.com, ranked in Real Estate by Chambers and Partners, and have been recognized as among the Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law by US News and World Report. The recognition we appreciate the most, however, is from our loyal clients.


Quality
We pride ourselves on the strong and long term relationships we have established with our clients, some for several decades.
Main Office
Main Office
841 Bishop Street, Suite 2125
Davis Pacific Center
Honolulu  HI  96813
Phone
  • (808) 526-3011
Fax
Websites
Real Estate
The firm provides a full range of legal services in real estate, business and litigation matters, serving local and national clients.
We specialize in:
-Real Property Transactions, Finance, and Development
-Condominium and Community Association Law
-Voluntary and Involuntary Lease to Fee Conversions
-Civil Litigation, Arbitration, & Mediation
-Employment and Labor Law
-Landlord/Tenant Law
-Real Estate and Commercial Litigation
-Business Organizations and Transactions
-Collection

Carl Tom

Partner

Practice Areas: Real Estate Law; Business Law.

Admitted: 1975, Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii.

Law School: George Washington University (J.D., with honors, 1975).

College: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1970).

Memberships
-Hawaii State Bar Association - Real Property and Financial Services Section.
-American Bar Association - Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Business Law Section.
-Arbitrator, First Circuit Court Annexed Arbitration Program, 1991-present.
-Hearing Committee, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Supreme Court of Hawaii, 1985- present.
Education
  • George Washington University
    Juris Doctorate , 1975

David W.H. Chee

Managing Partner

Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation; Real Estate Litigation; Construction Litigation and Arbitration; Landlord-Tenant.

Concentrating in mediation, arbitration, litigation, & landlord-tenant law.

Admitted: 1992 Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii.

Law School: William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii (J.D., 1992).

College: University of Washington (B.S. Civil Engineering 1988).

Co-Author and Lecturer for National Business Institute Seminars on Landlord/Tenant and Collection Matters.

Memberships
Hawaii State Bar Association.
Education
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

Jeffrey D. Watts

Partner

Practice Areas: Condominium Law; Real Estate Development and Finance Law; Real Estate Transactions.

Admitted: 1988, Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii.

Law School: William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii (J.D., 1988); Member and Editor-in-Chief, University of Hawaii Law Review, 1987-1988. Author: Note, "Kaeo v. Davis: Informing Juries of the Effects of Their Special Verdicts Under the Law of Joint and Several Liability," 9 U. Hawaii L. Rev. 1, 1987.

College: University of California at Santa Cruz (B.A., with honors, 1970); University of California at Santa Barbara (M.A., 1975); University of Hawaii (Ph.D., 1981). Member - American Philosophical Association, 1980-1988; American Association of University Professors, 1981-1985.

Memberships
-Hawaii State Bar Association - Real Property and Financial Services Section; Co-Chair, Condominium and Cooperative Committee, 1995-1996.
-American Bar Association - Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.
Education
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Danielle N. Degele-Mathews

Partner

Practice Areas: Construction Litigation & Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Association Advice and Condominium Law; Labor and Employment Law; Personnel Management; HIPAA Compliance.

Admitted: 1992, California and U.S. District Court of California; 1994, Colorado and U.S. District Court of Colorado; 1994, Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; 2001, the United Stated Court of Federal Claims.

Law School: Golden Gate University School of Law, (J.D., 1991).

College: University of Minnesota (B.A. History, 1987).

Memberships
-Hawaii State Bar Association - Labor & Employement Section.
-Hawaii Women Lawyers.
-West Hawaii Bar Association.
Education
  • Golden Gate University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Bruce T. Yoshida

Partner

Practice Areas: Real Estate and Commercial Transactions; Business and Corporate Law; Banking and Finance Law; Condominium Law and Association Advice; Landlord-Tenant Law; Collections; Healthcare Law.

Admitted: 1980, Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii.

Law School: William Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii (J.D., 1980); Member and Case Note Editor, University of Hawaii Law Review, 1979-1980.

College: University of Hawaii at Manoa (B.A. History, 1976)

Memberships
-Hawaii State Bar Association-Real Property and Financial Services Section
-American Bar Association- Corporation, Banking and Business Law; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.
Education
  • William Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

David Y. Suh

Associate

Practice Areas: Real Estate and Commercial Transactions; Business Law; Corporate Law; Commercial Arbitration and Litigation; Landlord-Tenant Law; Collection.

Admitted: 1999, Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii.

Law School: William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii (J.D., 1999).

College: University of Hawaii at Manoa (B.B.A. Finance and International Business, 1994).

Additional Language: Korean

Memberships
-Hawaii State Bar Association.
Education
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii
    Juris Doctorate , 1990
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