Picture of Regan M. Iwao

Regan M. Iwao

Download VCard

Direct: 808.439.8041

Topa Financial Center, 745 Fort Street, Suite 1500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

REGAN M. IWAO concentrates his practice in litigation, and represents plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts, arbitrations and mediations. Examples of his work include:

  • Real Estate Litigation: Cases involving lease disputes, title disputes, foreclosures, mortgage disputes, insurance disputes and claims, quiet title, partitions, summary possession, real estate professional liability and purchase contract disputes.
  • Commercial Litigation: Cases involving contract disputes, joint venture disputes, investment disputes, commercial disputes, injunctive and declaratory relief claims, unfair and deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, tortious interference claims, and monopolization claims.
  • Construction Litigation: Cases involving owner, design professional and contractor liability, contract disputes, mechanic’s liens, ADA and FHA claims, property damage and products liability for residential, commercial and major real estate development projects.
  • Personal Injury Litigation: Cases involving motor vehicle accidents, wrongful deaths, slips and falls, dog bites, premises liability, and products liability.
  • Trust and Estate Litigation: Cases involving will and trust contests, undue influence, incapacitation, fraud, fiduciary breaches and other trust and estate issues.
  • Other Litigation: Cases involving pre and post judgment collection claims, foreign judgments, replevin, lemon law claims, administrative citations and appeals, and recovery of health and benefits liens.

While getting his law degree, Mr. Iwao was an editor for the University of Hawaii Law Review. His undergraduate degree is in mechanical engineering. He graduated with magna cum laude honors and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma, engineering honorary societies. He obtained his EIT certificate in 1997, and spent a year teaching English in Japan before entering law school.

Mr. Iwao is a Director for the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and Director for the Hawaii Justice Foundation, and is also a Barrister for the American Inns of Court, James S. Burns Aloha Chapter. He is committed to pro-bono and access to justice, and is a current member and former Chair of the HSBA’s Delivery of Legal Services to the Public Committee, 2014 HSBA Leadership Institute Fellow, and member of the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, Pro Bono Initiatives Task Force. He is also an active volunteer for Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and with the Honolulu District Court Access to Justice Room.


J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, 2000
cum laude

B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1996
magna cum laude

Admitted to Practice United States Supreme Court
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court of Hawaii
State Courts of Hawaii
Memberships and Affiliations

Hawaii State Bar Association

CAAP Arbitrator

Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii

Barrister, American Inns of Court Barrister

Director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

Director, Hawaii Justice Foundation

Member and Past Chair, Delivery of Legal Services to the Public Committee, Hawaii State Bar Association

Member, Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, Pro Bono Initiatives Task Force

Honors and Awards
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate - Litigation
Super Lawyers (2016-2018), Rising Stars (2013-2015)