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'Ohana Is Everything Hawaii's Original Family Law Firm

Serving Clients in Oahu & All Neighboring Islands

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Honolulu Divorce Attorneys

Providing Exceptional Family Law Service to Hawaii's Communities for Over Three Decades

Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC is Hawaii’s largest and arguably one of the best known divorce and family law firms. Our lawyers have dedicatedly handled over 30,000 cases across the Hawaiian Islands in all subcategories of family law, including adoption, child custody and child support, divorce, prenuptial agreements, restraining orders, and more.

Our team's size and years of experience set us apart from other family law practices on Oahu and throughout our Island State and allows us to approach your case with a depth of knowledge and level of care that is unmatched.

Our practice is infused with our passion for community and the aloha spirit. Our attorneys are welcoming, courteous, and thoughtful. There's something very uplifting and motivating about knowing your legal meetings will often start with a warm "aloha!" and a genuine smile.

Our firm's approach emphasizes civil-minded settlements that are handled amicably and free from messy courtroom conflicts. Our goal is to provide you with maximum benefits at minimum costs.

Our Client-Focused Approach

We approach our cases in an akamai and hands-on fashion. We pride ourselves on being responsive and approachable to all our clients. Everyone in the office, from our attorneys to our seasoned support staff, is available to serve you and address whatever needs, concerns, or questions you have.

  • Super Lawyers
  • Honolulu Magazine: Best Lawyers
  • Best Of Hawaii

Representation You Can Count On 

Our Diverse Team Is Ready to Help Your Family
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  • Ann S. Isobe Photo
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    Bradley A. Coates (Retired)

    Founder, Author of "Divorce With Decency"

    RETIRED, NO LONGER ACTIVELY PRACTICING LAW. Bradley A. Coates was our firm's founder and the author of Hawaii's award winning ...
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    P. Gregory Frey

    Managing Attorney, Litigation Supervisor

    P. Gregory Frey is our senior attorney and one of the partners of our firm. Beyond the many roles he fills and contributions ...
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    Tom S. Tanimoto

    Litigation Supervisor

    At Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC, Tom focuses on family law litigation, including divorce, child custody and ...
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    Noah H. Gibson

    Managing Attorney

    Noah H. Gibson, an attorney and partner at our firm, is a third-generation lawyer. His practice with Coates Frey Tanimoto & ...
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    Paul W. Soenksen

    Senior Counsel

    Paul W. Soenksen, Senior Counsel of Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC, is an accomplished attorney and experienced ...
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    John D. Hughes


    John D. Hughes is a treasured member of Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC. Before applying his professional skills in ...
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    Ann S. Isobe


    Ann S. Isobe is a cherished associate of Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC. She is well versed in all matters of ...
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    Micky Yamatani


    Micky Yamatani is an invaluable member of our firm. She is the head of the firm's Asian Languages Practice Group, which ...
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    Robert S. Young


    Robert S.N. Young has exceled as an established legal professional in Honolulu for decades. At Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, ...
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    Justin Y.D Tsai


    Justin Y.D. Tsai is a powerful addition to our legal team. At Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC, he concentrates on ...
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    Shannon Kim Hackett


    Shannon Kim Hackett’s career has been recognized as exceptional from the start. A Bill & Melinda Gates Scholar, Shannon ...

We Treat Our Clients Like Family

At Coates Frey Tanimoto & Gibson, AAL, LLLC, your ‘ohana becomes our ‘ohana. We excitedly welcome our clients to our relaxed offices and offer a personalized approach to your case. We offer warmth and encouragment in our consults, listen to your concerns, and fight for your goals.

  • You need remember only one name when it comes to this law firm: Ann Isobe.

    “She is a fantastic attorney and a wonderful woman. You will hear what you need to hear from her, not what necessarily makes you feel better at the moment. The service, care, and dedication is without ...”

    - K.S.
  • Mr. Bob Young has been attentive and invested in my case since it has begun.

    “His efforts were evidenced by a speedy decision in the first stage of our case, he and his team are dedicated, professionals and will help in anyway that they can, highly recommended...military friend ...”

    - D.F.
  • Mr. Young was able to settle this case in 6 months. WE WON THE CASE.

    “This is long overdue review for an incredible service I received from Bob Young. My case was a domestic abuse that was tricky with class-A manipulative ex (have you seen the movie, 'Enough' 2002 with ...”

    - R.N.
  • Noah was amazingly helpful, kind, caring and solid at what he does.

    “Thank you for the guidance for my friend. Very much appreciated. Aloha!”

    - A.S.
  • I'd go to them again if needed. And I recommend attorney Shannon Hackett.

    “Excellent customer service and above average client services provided. I'd go to them again if needed. And I recommend attorney Shannon Hackett.”

    - F.C.

Our Family Promise

Why Choose Our Team
  • Family Minded, Solutions Focused

    We are here to help you come to an amicable resolution as efficiently as possible. Our collaborative approach provides results in a timely manner.

  • Helping Clients On All Islands

    Each of our attorneys devotes a significant amount of time on different Hawaiian islands. Whether you're on the Big Island or Kauai, you have us on your side.

  • Highly Experienced Team in Family Law

    From our newest paralegal to our most experienced attorneys, you'll have someone who understands the ins and outs of family law in every circuit and every family law courtroom in our Island State.

  • Wrote the Book About Divorce in Hawaii

    Our team holds the principles of Divorce With Decency close. This book is referenced by legal professionals in our Island State.

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We Are in This Together

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We "Wrote the Book" on Divorce in Hawaii

Check Out Attorney Bradley Coates's Award-Winning Book: "Divorce with Decency"

The Philosophy Behind Our Practice

Our philosophy is founded upon Hawaii's famed principles and spirit of "aloha." It's our goal to provide cost- and time-effective legal assistance in that way. We welcome our clients as our family. You are one of us. We treat you with the respect and kindness you deserve and fight for results and settlements that best serve you.

Serving Honolulu, Oahu, and the Neighbor Islands

Our firm is based in Honolulu but is available to clients on all Hawaiian Islands. Each of our attorneys is familiar with one or more of the Hawaiian Islands and the unique people, judges, and courts they are home to. We use this knowledge and experience to approach your case with a familiarity and comfort that allows us to excel for your benefit and meet your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have Additional Questions? Call Us at (808) 518-6376.
  • Q:With COVID-19, Do You Offer Phone or Video Consultations?

    A:Yes. One of the adjustments we’ve made in response to the coronavirus is an availability to meet with clients by phone and by video/remote access rather than in the office.

  • Q:How Do I Get a Temporary Restraining Order?

    A:Our attorneys can help you apply for a TRO. After submitting your application, personal service upon the alleged is generally required by a sheriff of your local police department.

  • Q:Do You Offer Services in Languages Other Than English?

    A:Our attorneys and select staff are available to assist our clients in English, Japanese, and Korean.

  • Q:How Do I Get My Child Support Changed?

    A:Child support may be adjusted as necessary in the face of changing circumstances, such as a change in income, a change in costs, or a change in the number of children, such as when a child ages and is no longer eligible. You can then seek a modification through the court or with the Child Support Enforcement Agency. Our attorneys can listen to your needs and help you choose the path that is right for you and your family.

  • Q:How Do You Promote Early & Amicable Settlement of Cases?

    A:Many cases do not require urgent actions in the start, so whenever we can, we make attempts at settlement the first order of business.