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Ted H.S. Hong - Hilo, HI

Hilo Lagoon Ctr.101 Aupuni StSuite 1014-D Hilo, HI 96720

Updated: 01/04/2023

Hilo Administrative Law Lawyer

Overview

Ted has lived in Hilo in 1991. He has been married for 32 years to Terri Lum. He has two adult children, Katharine (26), living in Los Angeles and Noah (24), finishing his degree at UH-Hilo.

Ted is in private practice concentrating in employment, workplace law and civil litigation. He is an experienced litigator with real world experience as lead counsel in more than twenty-six (26) jury trials in State and Federal Court...

Ted has lived in Hilo in 1991. He has been married for 32 years to Terri Lum. He has two adult children, Katharine (26), living in Los Angeles and Noah (24), finishing his degree at UH-Hilo.

Ted is in private practice concentrating in employment, workplace law and civil litigation. He is an experienced litigator with real world experience as lead counsel in more than twenty-six (26) jury trials in State and Federal Court. He has represented clients before the appellate courts of the State of Hawaii and the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been lead counsel in over fifty (50) arbitrations and a similar number of mediations.

Ted has served as the Chief Labor Negotiator for the State of Hawaii during the Lingle Administration. He was interim Regent for the University of Hawaii. He served as Corporation Counsel and Assistant Corporation Counsel under the Yamashiro Administration.

Ted recently authored a law review article, Masterpiece Cakeshop: "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" 52 UIC J. Marshall L. Rev. 83 (2018). Ted was lead counsel in what has been recognized as a ground breaking decision in the defamation case, Nakamoto v. Kawauchi, 142 Hawaii 259, 270, 418 P.3d 600, 611 (2018), which redefined the torts of defamation and negligent investigation in the State of Hawaii.

Ted is active in our community. He recently served as the Chairperson for the Hilo Yacht 100th Anniversary; Chairman for the Boy Scout Makahiki; Chair for the 100th Anniversary of Scouting on the Big Island; Chairperson for Friends of Scouting Community Fundraising, and was District Chair for Boy Scouts of America for Puna, Kau and Hilo. He was the Cubmaster for the Hilo Hongwanji Cub Scout Pack 23. He was a member of the Rotary Club of South Hilo. He was a member of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation. He has been a member of Hilo Intermediate School SCC and the Kaumana Elementary School's Safety and Audit Committees.

About Ted H.S. Hong

Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law - Employer/Employee
  • Estate Planning
  • Labor
  • Real Estate Law

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii

Other Affiliations

  • Hawaii County Bar Association
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, member of the East Hawaii Section, Government Attorneys Section, and Employment Law Section
  • William S. Richardson School of Law, Alumni Association
  • Hawaii Island Portugese Chamber of Commerce

Classes and Seminars

  • Workplace Violence Risk Analysis, Univ. Hawaii at Hilo, 2002 - Present
  • Changes in Public Sector Workplace , SHOPO , 2005 - Present
  • SHOPO, Joint Labor-Management Meeting, Presenter, "That was Then, This is Now- Changes in the Workplace." July 20, 2005, Hawaii Prince Hotel
  • "FLSA - Recent Changes in the Law," July 12-13, 2005, County of Kauai.
  • Small Business Hawaii, April 29, 2004, "Change, Commitment and Challenges to Politics in Hawaii."
  • Ethics Discussion, Panel Member, MBA Program, UH Manoa, Februaty 11, 2004
  • Joint Labor-Management Seminar, sponsored by the HGEA, Employer Panel member; Hilo, Hawaii, November, 2003.
  • "Workplace Violence Risk Analysis: Effective Prediction and Intervention Strategies," July 23, 2002 - Hilo, Hawaii. Sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Study of Conflict and Aggression and the University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • ''Violent Threats to the Workplace: Prediction, Prevention & Intervention," September 11, 2002, Hawaii Convention Center. Sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Study of Conflict and Aggression
  • "Start Up: The Hawaii Entrepreneurs Bootcarnp." November 8, 2002, University of Hawaii. "Legal Issues: Employment Law"
  • "Supervisor's and Management's Challenge with Discipline and Termination.'' November 13, 2002, Sponsored by the County of Hawaii. "Legal Implications of Disciplinary Actions."
  • "Arbitrations in the Public Sector." Sponsored by Maui County, Office of the Cotporation Counsel. Spring, 2001.

Pro Bono Activities

  • 2014-2017 Friends of Scouting Fundraising Committee
  • 2013, Chairman, PUKAHI District, Friends of Scouting, Community Fundraising Chair
  • 2009-2012, Member, Hilo Medical Center Foundation
  • 2009-2011, Member, Rotary Club of South Hilo
  • 2009, Member, Camp Honokaia (Aloha Council - Boy Scouts of America) Development Committee
  • 2007-2009: Chair, Aloha Council, PUKAHI (Puna, Kau and Hilo) District, Boy Scouts of America
  • 2007, State of Hawaii, Merit Appeals Board, Department of Human Resources Development.
  • 2007, 2006 and 2005, Fall Semester, Lecturer, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Political Science 220, "Introduction to Legal Systems."
  • 2006-2007: Vice-Chair, Aloha Council, PUKAHI (Puna, Kau and Hilo) District, Boy Scouts of America.
  • July 2006 - July 2007: Vice-Chair, Speakers Committee, Rotary Club of Hilo Bay
  • 2004-2006: Kaumana Elementary School Safety Committee, Community Representative
  • Regent, University of Hawaii System, representing the Island of Hawaii, East Hawaii. Appointed May 5, 2003 and expired May 1, 2004
  • 2004-2005: Boy Scouts of America, Pukahi Division, District Council Member.
  • 2002-2003: Director, Vocational Service, Hilo Bay Rotary Club
  • 2001 to the present: Member, Hilo Bay Rotary Club
  • 2001-2002: Kaumana Elementary School PTSA, Audit Committee
  • 2000-2001: Kaumana Elementary School PTSA, Facilities Committee
  • 2000: Korean Centennial Cdebration, Opening Ceremony sub-committee
  • 1999: Fall Semester: Lecturer, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Political Science 321, Constitutional Law
  • 1993: Law Week Chairman, East Hawaii Bar Association
  • 1992-1999: Volunteer Judge, YMCA Teen Court, Hilo, Hawaii.
  • 1992-1993: Fund-raising Committee for the 90th Anniversary of Korean Immigration to Hawaii Celebration, Island of Hawaii
  • 1987-1988: President, William S. Richardson School of Law, Alumni Association
  • 1986null994: Volunteer, Attorney-Coach, Hawaii State High School Mock Trial Competition. Hilo High SchooL 1992 State Champion. Moanalua High School, 1989 State Champion, 1988 State Runner-up.

Past Positions

  • State of Hawaii, Chief Labor Negotiator, 2003 - 2004
  • County of Hawaii, Assistant Corporation Counsel, 1992 - 2000
  • 1983-1985: District and Family Court Division: Prosecution of Family Court felony and misdemeanor offenses and District Court misdemeanor, petty misdemeanor and traffic violations.
  • 1986-1987: Felony Drug Prosecution Unit: Prosecution of Felony Drug offenses, advised law enforcement agencies, reviewed search warrants, and conducted forfeiture proceedings.
  • 1987-1988: White Collar Crime Unit: Investigative coordination, screening, Page 2 of 6 investigative Grand Jury, indicting and prosecuting offenses such as public corruption, bribery, theft over $200,000, securities violations and labor racketeering.
  • 1984-1988 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, City and County of Honolulu
  • 1991-1993 Associate Attorney Hilo, HI Roehrig, &ehrig, Wilson, Hara & de Silva Advised and represented Plaintiffs in personal injury cases, products liability c
  • Lead counsel in over twenty-five (25) jury trials in the State of Hawaii, the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Intermediate and Hawaii State Supreme Courts.
  • Lead counsel in over thirty (30) labor arbitrations (employer, employee and union) and mediations in disputes involving collective bargaining agreements, the EEOC, the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and the Court Annexed Arbitration Program in the State of Hawaii.
  • Arbitrator in over twenty (20) arbitrations involving contract interpretation, interest arbitration and personal injury litigation.

Education

  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1983
    J.D.
  • University of Hawaii, Hawaii, 1980
    B.A.

Articles

Published Works

  • Masterpiece Cakeshop: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, UIC John Marshall Law Review, 1, 2018

Office Information

Address

Hilo Lagoon Ctr.101 Aupuni StSuite 1014-D Hilo, HI 96720

Fax

  • (808) 933-1919

Achievements

Honors

  • Meritorious Service Award - Hawaii County Bas Association, 2020 - Present
  • Recognition of Service - Hawaii State Legislature, 2021 - Present
  • 2006 Pukahi District, Aloha Council, Scout Family of the Year
  • Best Lawyer, Kama'aina Services, Best of Hawaii Island, Hawai'i Island ]011rnal, June 16-30, 2002
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Ronald T. Y. Moon, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawai'i, May 31, 2002
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Vocational Service, Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, June 25, 2003
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Hawaii County Police Department, June 26, 2000

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