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Micky Yamatani
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Micky Yamatani; 1981 graduate of Punahou High School; 1986 graduate of University of Michigan (B.A., History); 1989 graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law (Juris Doctor); member of the New York Bar (1989); member of the Hawaii State Bar (1990); licensed to practice law in all Hawaii State Courts; licensed to practice before the Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii; licensed to practice before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (2014); member of the Family Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar; Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the County of Maui (1990) and the City and County of Honolulu (19911996) handling misdemeanor, family and felony prosecution and jury trials on domestic violence cases. Since 1996, Ms. Yamatani ran her own successful private practice focusing on civil litigation, estate planning and family court cases until joining CFTG in January, 2018. In her extensive family court work, in addition to handling conventional divorce and child custody cases, she became an acknowledged authority on Hague Convention cases involving unlawful child abductions to Japan. By using her vast network of lawyers and government officials in Japan, she has helped many Hawaii parents whose children were abducted and taken to Japan, to get the children safely returned to Hawaii.
In addition, throughout the last 20 years, Ms. Yamatani has lectured in both English and Japanese languages addressing audiences of both Hawaii and Japanese lawyers as well as members of the general public. She also authored numerous articles on family law related issues and has submitted Advisory Opinions to the Japanese courts on issues of divorce and child custody.
Ms. Yamatani is fluent in speaking, reading, and writing the Japanese language. As such, she becomes a valuable addition to the firm's Asian Languages Practice Group which represents Korean and Filipino clients as well as Japanese, all in their native languages. Ms. Yamatani's practice with CFTG concentrates on Family Law litigation including divorce, child custody and support, post-decree enforcement, and domestic violence/TRO - with a special focus on international issues including immigration, U.N. treaties governing child custody, etc. She is also head of CFTG's Asian Languages Practice Group.

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
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2014


  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • Juris Doctor - 1989
  • Punahou Schools
    • Graduate - 1981
  • University of Michigan
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York Bar, Member, 1989
  • Hawai'i State Bar, Member, 1990
  • Family Law Section, Hawaii State Bar Association, Member