Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto

Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto

Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto is a Honolulu, Hawaii law firm representing clients in family law, captive insurance, business transactions, insurance regulatory matters in Hawaii, the rest of the the United States and in various foreign countries.

Firm Overview

The firm represents a broad array of clients, including families and individuals, insurance carriers, Fortune and Global 500 companies as well as private, family owned companies. Additionally, the firm is involved in governmental affairs and engages in legislative and lobbying efforts for the insurance industry business sector.

Our attorneys are recognized as being among the best in their respective fields, and have been recognized as Super Lawyers and are listed in the Best Lawyers in America. Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto has attained the highest possible rating of "AV" from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, for preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards in the practice of law. The firm has received the "Best Law Firms" Tier 1 ranking from U.S. News Best Lawyers for Hawaii Family Law. In 2012, Geoff Hamilton was named by Super Lawyers as one of the top twenty-five Super Lawyers in the state.

The firm's attorneys have extensive experience in their respective practice areas and are committed to delivering personalized legal services in a timely manner and at a fair and reasonable cost. Our practice groups are dedicated to representing clients in specific legal matters; each practice group is comprised of a team of attorneys led by one of the firm's partners. This ensures that each case the firm handles proceeds efficiently and effectively, while utilizing the best strategies possible.

Regardless of your legal issue, the attorneys at Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto are dedicated to providing exceptional representation for each client. Contact the firm today for an initial consultation regarding your case.

Main Office

Main Office
737 Bishop Street, Suite 2100
Honolulu HI 96813




At Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto, we understand that going through a divorce or custody dispute is one of the most difficult legal issues many of our clients will face.

Decisions you make during this process can have long-lasting impact on your family, your assets and finances, and your legal rights. Our experienced and highly qualified attorneys work tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure that all agreements, property divisions, and custody arrangements are fair to you. We assist our clients with a variety of family law issues, including:

-Divorce and Military Divorce
-Premarital and Marital Agreements
-Child Custody
-Asset Division

Our Family Law partner, Mr. Geoffrey Hamilton, and his experienced associates meet personally with all potential clients. Our clients can choose whether they would like to work with Mr. Hamilton personally or with his associates, depending on their financial capacity and preferences. This flexibility ensures that our clients feel completely comfortable with and confident in their choice of legal representation.

Divorce in Hawaii
Under Hawaii law, any person seeking a divorce, including foreign nationals, residents of other states, and military personnel, must have lived in Hawaii for six months prior to the divorce. Once that period has passed, anyone can file a divorce petition in family court for any reason; Hawaii law does not require you to state a reason in order to file for divorce. Additionally, only one spouse needs to file for divorce.

In an uncontested divorce, the parties agree on all of the issues; this type of divorce proceeds much more quickly, because the parties do not even have to appear in court if the judge approves the agreement. If the parties do not agree, the process takes significantly longer because the judge must decide the unresolved issues in divorce proceedings.

Division of Property and Support Orders
Once a divorce is granted, the court may also order one or both parties to support the children or the other party and divide the parties' assets and debts. The court considers any factors that would be relevant to making the decision, in addition to a list of factors defined in the statute. These factors include such considerations as: how long the marriage lasted, the financial situation of each party and each party's ability to provide the support and maintain his or her own needs, the age and physical condition of each party, each party's needs, the occupation and money-earning skills each party possesses, and the custodial and child support responsibilities of each party.

Although having an attorney is not required to proceed with a divorce, in order to ensure that your rights and property are protected throughout the process, we strongly encourage you to seek highly experienced legal counsel. Our family law attorneys are experienced in cases involving large estates and multiple children; our attorneys have the requisite knowledge and expertise to successfully represent clients in even the most complex and contentious divorce cases.

To arrange a consultation with Geoffrey Hamilton or one of our experienced family law attorneys, contact Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto by e-mail or call 877-234-9119.

Geoffrey Hamilton

Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto


Geoffrey Hamilton practices family law, emphasizing divorce and child custody. Before co-founding Char Hamilton Taylor & Thom (now Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto), Mr. Hamilton was the partner and co-founder of Hamilton & Taylor (now Taylor Leong & Chee). He began his career as an associate at Chun Kerr & Dodd (now Chun Kerr Dodd Beaman & Wong). He has past experience in securities, real estate/condominium development, limited partnership, corporations, partnerships, construction litigation, and insurance defense.

-Duke University School of Law (J.D.),1968
-The College of Wooster (B.A., History),1965
-Riverdale Country School, New York, NY,1961
-Town School, Lick-Wilmerding School, San Francisco, CA,1957-1958

-Hawaii State Bar
-Certified Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1981-Present.
-Certified Arbitrator, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
-Appointed Special Master by the Family Court of the First Circuit Court (1988).


Duke University School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Gerald C. Yoshida

Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto


Gerald C. Yoshida leads the Firm's Insurance Regulatory Practice Group, and specializes in the formation and representation of captive insurance companies and risk retention groups and other insurance regulatory matters in the State of Hawaii. He maintains an "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbell.1

Mr. Yoshida represents a majority of the captive insurance companies licensed in the State of Hawaii. He has been involved with captives in Hawaii since the State's captive law first went into effect in 1987, and was instrumental in licensing the first captive in the State of Hawaii that year. He remains active in the formation and ongoing representation of captives and risk retention groups and has been a speaker on those subjects locally, nationally, and internationally. Mr. Yoshida's captive insurance and insurance regulatory experience includes matters relating to formation and ongoing operational issues, redomestication, conversion, liquidation, coverage matters, policy drafting, reinsurance, reinsurance trusts, and corporate governance.


Gonzaga University
Juris Doctorate,

Paul B. Shimomoto

Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto

Paul Shimomoto practices primarily in the areas of corporate and insurance regulatory law, with an emphasis in captive insurance. His captive and insurance regulatory clients include publicly-traded Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies from the U.S. and Japan. Mr. Shimomoto also represents clients locally and abroad with general business planning matters. He has spoken extensively on issues relating to captive insurance locally, nationally and internationally. Mr. Shimomoto has achieved the highest rating of "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbel, and in 2013, he was nationally honored as a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Insurance Law by the American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazines.

Mr. Shimomoto is also an award winning recording artist. His 2007 CD release entitled, "Sentimental Alibi", was voted "Best Contemporary Hawaiian CD of the Year" at the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards.


University of Denver
Juris Doctorate,

Jennifer L.C. Chan

Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto

Jennifer Chan practices Family Law, specializing in Divorce Law (child custody, child support, property division, and retirement), Premarital Agreements, and Marital Agreements. Before joining with Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto, Ms. Chan attended the William S. Richardson School of Law, during which time she clerked with the Honorable Karen M. Radius (Family Court of the First Circuit), Judge Michael F. Broderick (Family Court of the First Circuit), and worked for Professor Calvin Pang (Professor of Family Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law).


William S. Richardson School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Asako C. Shimazu

Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto

Areas of Practice
-Captive Insurance
-Business Law
-Real Estate

-California, 1995
-Hawaii, 1996
-United States District Court, District of Hawaii, 1996
-U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1995

-Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California, J.D. - 1993
-University of Notre Dame, B.A. - 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships
-State Bar of California
-Hawaii State Bar Association
-American Bar Association, Business Law, International Law and Practice Sections, Member

Japanese (oral and written)


Santa Clara University School of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Jamie C. Young

Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto

Jamie Young practices family law, emphasizing divorce, property division, child custody, child support, and premarital agreements. Ms. Young began as a law clerk at Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto during her second year at the William S. Richardson School of Law and simultaneously completed an externship with the Honorable R. Mark Browning (Senior Judge of the Family Court of the First Circuit). Following graduation from law school, Ms. Young joined Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto as a full-time associate.

While in law school, Ms. Young was also an editor and staff writer for the University of Hawaii Law Review, a member of Advocates for Public Interest Law, and an offensive player of the law school's ETE Bowl (a traditional annual all-female football game). Born and raised in Honolulu, Ms. Young attended Iolani School and graduated from the University of Southern California.


William S. Richardson School of Law
Juris Doctorate,