Faculty & Staff




Lecturer in Law


BA, University of Hawaiʻi, 1986
JD, William S. Richardson School of Law, 1990


DEREK R. KOBAYASHI, a Member of the Schlack Ito law firm, advises clients in litigation matters. While his present focus is litigation, he also has experience in real estate, business law and estate planning.

  • Litigation: Represented individuals, partnerships and corporations in an array of litigation matters which have included trial, appellate briefs and oral argument before the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court, plaintiff and defense work in personal injury cases, contract disputes, wrongful termination, foreclosures, fraudulent transfer actions, collections, ERISA, and construction litigation. Also represented attorneys in defense of malpractice claims, advised major insurers on coverage issues and defended claims against insurance agents and brokers.
  • Real Estate: Represented parties in transactions and litigation, including preparation of purchase and sales agreements, formation and termination of commercial leases, summary possession actions, quiet title actions, eminent domain and land use proceedings.
  • Business: Represented individuals and businesses in an array of transactions, including stock purchases and sales, corporate formation, limited liability company formation, contract negotiations, and various business transactions.

Mr. Kobayashi was trained as a mediator while attending the University of Hawaii. He serves as a Lecturer-In-Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, teaching Pretrial Litigation. He enjoys community and pro bono work and in 2010 received the Pro Bono Achievement Award from the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and in 1999 received the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Ki`e Ki`e Award, given biennially for outstanding pro bono service.

In his spare time, he enjoys time with his family, shoreline and deep sea fishing, competitive volleyball and public speaking.

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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
William S. Richardson School of Law
, 2515 Dole Street
, Honolulu, HI 96822-2350