Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP announced a new family law practice, expanding the firm’s legal services to include adoption; guardianship; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; divorce; and child relocation services.

PMKC welcomed Senior Associate Attorney Seth Harris to oversee the new practice, while Kapono Kiakona, who became a partner of PMKC in 2010, will assume the role of co-managing partner.


Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP (PMKC) is pleased to announce that Jason K. Adaniya has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Adaniya will practice primarily with the firm’s growing litigation section, which serves clients on Oahu and the neighbor islands.


PMKC Partner Christian Porter was featured in Pacific Business News’ Executive Insight column on April 7, 2017. The article, “Retooling a Law Firm for Retention,” highlights how Porter, together with his partners, has lead the firm through a period of modernization and aims to overcome the obstacle that many law firms face: retention.

Through creating a more collaborative work atmosphere and a stronger work life balance for the firm, PMKC is changing the business model for law firms.

For the full article, click here.

PMKC Partner R. Laree McGuire was a featured panelist at the Hawaii Council of Community Associations seminar on February 16, 2017 at the Hale Koa Hotel. McGuire discussed how to prepare a Request for Bid Proposal (“RFP”), including details about the type of work or services requested, and what information is necessary for a bid proposal to be considered by the Association. McGuire explained why Boards must send out RFP’s prior to starting a large construction project, and how they can help board members avoid conflicts of interest.

The HCCA is a non-profit organization specializing in information and advocacy concerning regulations and laws dealing with all types of community associations in Hawaii. The organization sponsors informative membership luncheons with programs featuring leading experts in the fields of condominium law, legislation, real estate, appraisal, and more.

Attorneys Michael Kozak and Maxwell Kopper were featured speakers at a National Business Institute seminar covering Advanced Employment Law on December 14, 2016. Kozak discussed deciphering FMLA, ADA, and workers’ compensation issues, detailing how the three interact with each other and state laws, tips for drafting policies to work together, and knowing when and how to settle federal and state claims. Kopper spoke on preparing for electronic discovery in litigation, distinguishing the rules, litigation methods, and preparing requests and responding to discovery requests involving electronic data.

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