Leo Shimizu joined PMK in January 2020 as an associate attorney. His practice areas include community association law, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.
Shimizu earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii Manoa. While in law school he served as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable Richard R. Clifton, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was a Staff Editor for the Asia-Pacific Law and Policy Journal. As a research assistant to Professor Ronald C. Brown, he also focused on labor and employment law. Shimizu received the Bernard Levinson Best Constitutional Law Paper Award for his Second Year Seminar paper and earned the high-grade CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Lawyering Fundamentals II, Second Year Seminar, Contract Drafting, Commercial Real Estate Transactions, and Federal Income Taxation.
Shimizu also has a range of previous experience in business, education, and law. Prior to joining PMK, he worked as an associate with the Honolulu law firm Carlsmith Ball LLP, focusing on litigation, corporate law, and small business law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Shimizu was a secondary teacher and athletics coach at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School through Teach for America. He is conversationally fluent in Japanese.
Growing up on Oahu, Shimizu graduated from ‘Iolani School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California and his Master of Education from the University of Hawaii. Shimizu is an attorney with PMK’s litigation section, which serves clients on Oahu and the neighbor islands.