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James K. Hoenig, J.D., PhD.
Dispute Prevention & Resolution

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1003 Bishop Street
suite #1155
Honolulu, HI 96813
Fax: 808-591-9100


Description of Practice

Full-time mediator/arbitrator. Specializing in complex, often emotional disputes involving Family, Probate, Trust, Real Estate, Partnership, and Commercial matters. Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," "The Best Lawyers in Hawaii," and in Law Dragon's "500 Leading Judges in America." Jim is the ONLY person in Hawaii listed in the Family Law Mediation category in "The Best Lawyers in America." In 2013, Jim received the prestigious Hawaii State Bar Association ‘Ikena Award for his outstanding service educating attorneys, judges, mediators, and law students in settlement techniques.

Professional Background

Graduated first in class from Stanford and Stanford Law School. PhD in psychology. Formerly: Law Clerk to Chief Justice of United States; practicing attorney/psychologist; teacher of negotiation & dispute resolution. Now a full-time mediator/arbitrator.


Over 20 years as a full-time professional mediator, has resolved hundreds of cases involving complex, highly emotional disputes and claims into many millions of dollars. Teaches mediation. Author of "Divorce Mediation Basics" (Practical Lawyer, 1997) and numerous other articles on dispute resolution.


BA, History, Stanford University (Graduated first in class) 1959
JD, Stanford Law School (Graduated first in class) 1963
PhD (counseling psychology), UCLA/Newport International University 1979


A practical balance of facilitative and evaluative. Actively encourages and assists parties in finding workable resolutions that are legally appropriate, economically feasible, and personally acceptable.


Between $300-400/hour depending on the case. Does some pro bono work.

Other Information

You can check Jim Hoenig's reputation for effectiveness with just about any Family Court judge or experienced Family Law attorney in Hawaii. Full resume available at, click on "family issues" tab.

Areas of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • LGBT
  • Marital Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Securities

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Facilitator
  • Systems Designer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer


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