Chenise K. IwamasaChang Iwamasa LLP focuses its practice on commercial real estate, finance and business transactions.
A graduate of Punahou School, Ms. Iwamasa obtained her B.A. from the University of Washington and received her J.D., cum laude, from the William S. Richardson School of Law where she served as the Symposium Editor of the University of Hawai‘i Law Review.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Iwamasa was a Litigation Attorney and practiced in the areas of business and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, condominium association litigation, construction litigation, trusts and estates litigation, and personal injury litigation. Prior to that, she served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Corinne K.A. Watanabe (Ret.) of the Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawai‘i.
Publications and Awards
Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40, Class of 2015
Super Lawyers, Rising Stars (2013, 2014)
In 2005, Ms. Iwamasa was the recipient of the Warren E. Burger Prize, a national honor awarded by the American Inns of Court to promote scholarship in the areas of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism, for authoring the article entitled Bushido in the Courtroom: A Case for Virtue-Oriented Lawyering, 57 S.C. L. REV. 357 (2005).
Ms. Iwamasa is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Ms. Iwamasa currently serves as the Chair of the Real Property and Financial Services Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association and has served as Secretary (2015) and Chair-Elect (2016) on the Board of Directors of the Section. She is also a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution, Hawaii Chapter. Ms. Iwamasa is a member of The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the nation’s leading trade association for developers, owners, investors, and other professionals in industrial, office, and mixed-use commercial real estate. She is also a 2012 Fellow of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Leadership Institute program and serves as an ongoing member of its Advisory Council.
Pro Bono and Community Affiliations
Ms. Iwamasa is a pro bono volunteer attorney with Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii and a volunteer mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i (2003-2008) and currently volunteers as the Administrative Director of Dance Central, a youth dance program at the Leeward YMCA.
Ms. Iwamasa is licensed to practice law in all federal and state courts in the State of Hawai‘i.