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Ann S. Isobe
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Ann S. Isobe; 1974 Honor Graduate of Kaimuki High School; 1979 Graduate of The George Washington University, with Distinction, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Speech Communications; 1982 Graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Honors in Moot Court Competition, Member of the McGeorge Moot Court Executive Committee; President of the Asian Bar Association; Member of the California Bar, 1984. Member of the Hawaii State Bar, 1983; admitted to practice before all Courts of the State of Hawaii including: The Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii (1983), The Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii (1983) and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1986); 1983-1984 Law Clerk to the Honorable Edwin H.
Honda, Administrative Judge Assigned to the Civil Law and Motions Calendar; 1984-1988 Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the City and County of Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney's Office handling misdemeanor, felony criminal prosecution; 1988-1990 Turk and Agena (Associate), specializing in personal injury, products liability, tort litigation; 1998-2000 Crabtree and Hoshibata (Associate) specializing in tort litigation and family law; 1990-1998 (Associate) and 2000-2008 (Partner) with Devens, Nakano, Saito, Lee, Wong and Ching, specializing in tort litigation, employment law, elder and family practice and litigation including divorce, paternity, child custody, child support, post decree enforcement, domestic abuse and TRO matters, premarital agreements, guardianships (for minors, disabled, incapacitated) and adoptions; Member of the Family Law Section, Elder Law Section, trained in Mediation and Collaborative Divorce, facilitator for the Kid's First Program First Circuit Court, Voluntary Settlement Master for the First Circuit Court; Past Member and Director of the Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce; member of Honolulu Chamber of Commerce; NBI speaker on Family Law; contributing author "Hawaii Ni Sumu" magazine about divorces in Japan (Hague); practice concentrating in Family Law litigation including divorce, custody, post-decree enforcement, paternity, guardianships and adoptions.

Areas Of Practice

  • Divorce with Decency
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Alimony & Property Division
  • Spousal Abuse
  • Custody
  • Child Support Modification & Enforcement
  • Paternity
  • Guardianships
  • Pre-Marital Agreements
  • Mediation & Arbitration

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1983
  • California, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1986


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 1982
  • George Washington University
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Political Science
    • Major: Speech Communications
  • Kaimuki High School
    • Graduate - 1974
    • Honors: Honors


  • Instructor, Family Law Paralegal Program, Kapi'olani Community College

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii Bar Association, Member
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Tort/Litigation Sections, Member
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Family Law Sections, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce