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Dawn Sugihara
Dawn T. Sugihara


University of Washington School of Law, J.D.

University of Washington, B.A.


Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Premises Liability, Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, Asbestos Litigation (ACP and Respiratory Protection), Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices, Collections, Discrimination in Public Accommodations (Defense), Appeals


Dawn's work as an effective and no-nonsense litigator has earned her a loyal following of national and Hawaii- based clients.  Impressed by Dawn's ability to get to the crux of a case, clients take comfort in having Dawn help them navigate them through the discovery, trial, post-trial phases of a case, as well any appeal.  Her skill as a litigator as well as her track record with winning trial teams make her a client favorite.  Dawn handles premises liability work for some of the largest retailers in the country.


Dawn is efficient: she has to be.  As a mother of two boys involved in baseball and soccer, and as a volunteer and board member for several community organizations, she has no time to waste.  That efficiency carries over to her work: she's laser-focused on the most cost-effective path to reach the best outcome for her clients.  Her clients appreciate that. 

Dawn's peers also appreciate her talents: she was invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).

Hawaii Community

Friends of the Missing Child Center - Hawaii; Punahou Alumni Association;

FC Hawaii (Team Manager)

Legal Community

Defense Research Institute; Federal Bar Association - Hawaii Chapter

International Association of Defense Counsel - Hawaii State Membership Chair, and Business Law Section Diversity Chair


Pacific Business News: 2012 Forty Under 40 

Benchmark Liltigation (2024): Future Star


Hawaii; USDC, District of Hawaii; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals;

U.S. Supreme Court

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