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Tom S. Tanimoto
  • Litigation Supervisor


Tom S. Tanimoto; graduate of Iolani Schools; attended the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts and the University of Hawaii; 2004 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida; Executive Editor of the St. Thomas Law Review; member of the Hawaii State Bar since 2004; licensed to practice law in all Hawaii State Courts; Law Clerk to the Honorable Colleen K. Hirai assisting the Court with review of cases concerning estates, trusts, guardianships and conservatorships (2004-2005); associate with Bronster Crabtree Hoshibata concentrating on estate and trust litigation and civil litigation (2005-2007); solo practice and partnership concentrating on Family Law, estate and trust law (2007-2012); licensed notary public, State of Hawaii from 2011; frequent appearances on Olelo Community Television; recipient of 2014 Top 10 Attorney Award, under age of 40 from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys; practice with CFTG concentrates on Family Law litigation including divorce, child custody and support, post-decree enforcement, adoptions, guardianships and paternity matters. Tom is fluent in Japanese and conversational in Korean, he served as Chairman of the HSBA's Family Law Section in 2018 and became a partner in the firm in 2019.

Areas Of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 2004


  • St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D. - 2004
  • University of Hawaii
    • Graduate
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Iolani School
    • Graduate

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Family Law Section, Hawaii State Bar Association , 2018 Chair, 2017 Vice-Chair, 2015 & 2016 Secretary
  • Hawaii State Bar Association 2018 Leadership Institute

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Colleen K. Hirai, Law Clerk

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii
  • Kapolei Access to Justice Room


  • English
  • Japanese
  • Korean


  • Zeta Psi