The Law Offices of William C. Darrah

The Law Offices of William C. Darrah

Hawaii's First Family Lawyer of the Year

Firm Overview

On the 25th anniversary of its first publication, Best Lawyers in America for the first time designated "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties. Those selected "Lawyers of the Year" were those who, during the previous two surveys by Best Lawyers in America, received particularly high ratings from most of their peers, earning a high level of respect among other leading lawyers in the same specialties for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. Of the 43 practice specialties, lawyers in six practice specialties in Hawaii (family law, banking law, personal injury litigation, real estate law, corporate law, and "bet-the-company litigation") were designated "Lawyer of the Year."

It is a tremendous honor to be the first Best Lawyers in America Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year" in family law.

William C. Darrah has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989. He has been a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1985, a Hawaii "Super Lawyer" since 2007, and a "Hawaii A+ Lawyer" since 1993. Since 1989, the national directory of attorneys Martindale Hubbell has given Mr. Darrah its distinguished AV rating, signifying preeminent levels of legal ability and the highest ethical standards.

Divorce With Complex Financial Issues:
We have been, for many years, the only law firm in Hawaii specializing in the representation of clients involved in more financially complex divorces. We will only represent those clients who legitimately need the kind of skill, experience, technical ability, attention to detail, standard of quality, and discretion which we offer. With going on four decades of experience, we have the skill and ability to successfully handle any divorce, no matter how complicated.

"Discreet, Dignified, Done Right":
Our approach to divorce law is best described by our motto: "Discreet, Dignified, Done Right." We go to great lengths to protect the privacy of our clients' personal and financial matters. We believe in a dignified approach because it produces the best results. We scrupulously attend to every aspect of every client's divorce, from the very beginning to the very end, to ensure that, when it's over, there are absolutely no "legal loose ends."

Hawaii's Divorce Educators:
We are Hawaii's best-known divorce educators. Since 1990 we have published the monthly Journal of Hawaii Family Law, since 1994 we have been the editor of the Hawaii State Bar Association's annually updated Hawaii Divorce Manual, and since 2002 we have presented the monthly Divorce Law in Hawaii and Divorce Options in Hawaii public education programs at the Hawaii Supreme Court. We believe that the fullest possible knowledge of the law and process of divorce on the part of all concerned contributes significantly to the elimination of needless conflict and expense in resolving matrimonial issues.

A Wide Range of Options:
We offer the widest range of options to those with more financially complicated marital issues and challenges.

-We provide traditional representation to spouses in the process of divorce. We are skilled negotiators who successfully settle the vast majority of our cases. We are also seasoned litigators with experience in some of Hawaii's most notable landmark divorce trials and appeals, should a hearing or a trial before the Family Court, or an appeal to the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals or the Hawaii Supreme Court, be required.

-We prepare postnuptial agreements for spouses as a viable alternative to separation or divorce.

-We represent spouses in collaborative engagements, where lawyers are retained to settle cases, and not litigate, and if litigation ensues, new attorneys are required.

-We are experienced divorce mediators, arbitrators, private judges, and masters.

Main Office

Main Office
737 Bishop Street, Suite 2820
Pacific Guardian Center-Mauka Tower
Honolulu HI 96813




The Law Offices of William C. Darrah will represent your Family legal matters.

For the most part, we represent clients in a typical divorce representation. Sometimes mediators, masters, neutral experts, or arbitrators may be involved. We also prepare postnuptial agreements as an alternative to separation or divorce.

William C. Darrah

The Law Offices of William C. Darrah

William C. Darrah is an attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and collaborative practitioner specializing in financially more complicated matrimonial cases. A Hawaii divorce attorney since 1976, he has been the editor of the Hawaii Divorce Manual since 1990, and the editor of the Journal of Hawaii Family Law since 1994. Chair of the HSBA's Family Law Section in 1989, 1990, 1995, and 2005, a certified fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1985, one of Hawaii's "A+ lawyers" since 1993, a member of the 2008 inaugural class of "Hawaii Super Lawyers," Hawai'i's first "Family Lawyer of the Year" in 2009, and a The Best Lawyers in America designee since 1989, Mr. Darrah is a 1975 graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar, and a 1970 graduate from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. Certified by the American Bar Association as a divorce mediator in 1985, and by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a divorce arbitrator in 1992, he is the 1992 recipient of the HSBA's C. Frederick Schutte Award and the 1997 recipient of the HSBA's YLD Justice Award, both for commitment to public service. Since 1979 Mr. Darrah has taught many Family Court divorce education programs offered to Hawaii judges, lawyers, and the public, including The Divorce Experience, Kids First I, Kids First II, and Divorce Law in Hawaii, a monthly program started in 2002 to help pro se litigants deal with money issues in divorce.

-J.D., New York University School of Law, 1975
-B.A., University of North Carolina, 1970

-Hawaii State Bar, 1976

Family Law & ADR Certifications:
-Certified Divorce Mediator, American Bar Association, 1985
-Certified Divorce Arbitrator, American Academy of -Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)
-Arbitrator, Private Judge, Mediator, & Settlement Master, Dispute Prevention Resolution, 2006 - present
-Collaborative Practitioner, Collaborative Divorce Hawaii Practice Group, 2012 - present

Family Court & Bar Association Activities:
-Chair, Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) Family Law Section, 1989-1990, 1995, and 2005
-Family Court Volunteer Settlement Master, 1988, 2004 - present
-Hawaii Supreme Court, Committee on Statewide Divorce Practice Reform, 2005 - present
-First Circuit Family Court, Procedures Improvement Group, 2006 - present
-Hawaii Supreme Court, Committee on Hawaii Family Court Rules, 2007 - present

Educating Others:
-Program Chair, Divorce Law Update Program, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1989 - 2007
-Editor, Journal of Hawaii Family Law, Family Law Section, 1990 - present
-Editor, Hawaii Divorce Manual, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1994 - present
-Senior Divorce Mediator Trainer, Mediation Center of the Pacific, 1998 - present
-Senior Lawyer Trainer, Kids First & Kids First II, First Circuit Family Court, 1995 - present
-Hawaii Law Reporter, Family Law Section, American Bar Association, 1998 - present
-Moderator, Family Court's "Divorce Law in Hawaii Program," 2002- present
-Moderator, Family Court's "Divorce Options in Hawaii Program," 2013- present

Awards & Distinctions:
-AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest attorney peer rating, 1990 - present
-Hawaii's A+ Lawyers, 1993 - present
-The Best Lawyers in America, "Hawaii Lawyer of the Year," 2009
-Member, Hawaii "Super Lawyers", 2007 - present
-The Best Lawyers in America, 1989 - present
-C. Frederick Schutte Award, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1992
-YLD Justice Award, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1997
-Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2006 - present


New York University School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1975

Joyce Akamine-Kimura

The Law Offices of William C. Darrah

Joyce Akamine-Kimura has been a paralegal and office manager with the Law Offices of William C. Darrah since February 2006. Ms. Kimura received her Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies from Kapiolani Community College in 2005 and her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Hawaii in 1994.

-Associate of Science, Paralegal Studies, Kapiolani Community College, 2005
-B.A., University of Hawaii, 1994

Roxanne Kwong

The Law Offices of William C. Darrah

Roxanne Kwong has been a paralegal with the Law Offices of William C. Darrah since June 2009. Ms. Kwong is studying for her law degree at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law. In 2008, she received her undergraduate degree from Boston College, where she majored in political science and minored in theology. Prior to attending Boston College, she graduated summa cum laude from Kalani High School.

-University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, pending
-B.A., Boston College, 2008
-Kalani High School, 2004