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Paul W. Soenksen
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Paul W. Soenksen; graduate of Kaiser High School; graduate of University of Hawaii (Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies Pre-Law, with distinction); graduate of University of California, Hastings College of the Law (Juris Doctor); member of Hawaii State Bar, 1987; licensed to practice before the Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii; Associate Attorney at Kessner Duca Umebayashi Bain and Matsunaga from 1987-1993; Director and Shareholder at Kessner Duca Umebayashi Bain and Matsunaga from 1993-1996; 1997-2012 Coates and Frey now Senior Counsel; member of the Family Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar; member of PHI BETA KAPPA Honor Society; PHI KAPPA PHI Honor Society, PHI DELTA PHI Legal Fraternity; law school honors including selection as first alternate to Hastings' national moot court team, Hastings Moot Court oral award, 4th Place, American Jurisprudence Award, Torts; seminar speaker on Mechanics' Lien and Miller Act claims, and, Drug Testing (federally regulated employers) and on Mental Health Law for Social Workers, Counselors and other Helping Professionals in Hawaii; counsel in cases resulting in published trial level opinions of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii including Macheras v. Center Art Galleries, et. al., and, Mariner v. Hilton, et. al., President, Hawaii State Alliance for the Mentally Ill (1992-1994) (successfully lobbied Hawaii Legislature to amend State's civil commitment laws); past practice emphasized general civil litigation with specialization in Family Law for 17 years (divorce, complex asset division, custody, premarital agreements, post-decree enforcement and paternity).

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, 1987
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1987
    • Honors: Hastings Moot Court Oral Award
    • Honors: Recipient of American Jurisprudence Award, Torts
  • University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1983
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Liberal Studies Pre-Law
  • Kaiser High School
    • Graduate - 1976

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Family Law Section, Hawaii State Bar Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 42, Aloha Council


  • Phi Delta Phi