Partner R. Laree McGuire was a featured panelist at the November 14th, 2019  Hawaii Chapter of Community Associations Institute educational seminar.  McGuire discussed issues related to the collection of delinquent owner accounts, including the legal effect of the passage of Senate Bill 551 now known as Act 282 concerning the right of condominium associations to conduct nonjudicial foreclosures.







PMKC Partner Kapono Kiakona was joined by Krista L. Stadler on ThinkTech Hawaii’s Condo Insider on November 14, 2019. The panel discussion was in regards to “Boards behaving badly; the good the bad and the ugly” of board behavior.  Kiakona provided guidelines for appropriate board member behavior and discussed the consequences of illegal practices.


The Honolulu law firm of Porter McGuire Kiakona & Chow, LLP (PMKC) is pleased to announce Maxwell K. Kopper as partner.

Kopper has served as an attorney at PMKC since 2016. As partner, he will continue representing clients addressing construction, business, real estate, and community association governance disputes. He joins current PMKC partners Christian P. PorterR. Laree McGuireKapono F.H. Kiakona, and Bryson R. Chow.

“Maxwell is an accomplished legal professional and author who brings a wealth of experience to our clients, particularly in the areas of community association law, construction litigation and commercial litigation,” said Porter. “We warmly welcome him as partner, where he will help lead our exceptional legal team of 16 attorneys.”

His publications include co-authoring “Crying Over Spilt Milk: Recognizing Hawaii’s Unique State Characteristics in the Context of the Dormant Commerce Clause,” published in the 2010 edition of the University of Hawaii Law Review, and “A Tale of Two Territories: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Island State,” published in the September 2012 edition of the Hawaii Bar Journal.

Kopper holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. He was born in Hilo and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools.

Partner R. Laree McGuire was a featured panelist at the October 10th Hawaii Chapter of Community Associations Institute educational seminar, “Almost Free Legal Advice”.  McGuire addressed questions related to collection and covenant violation matters.

PMKC sponsored the HUGS Dad’s Night Out on October 16th. 17 dads were treated to an evening of  dinner and games at Dave & Busters.  They enjoyed the night out and some friendly competition.  PMKC is a proud supporter of HUGS (Help, Understanding & Group Support), a Hawaii nonprofit organization assisting families with seriously ill children.