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James, Eric A.
ASB Tower Suite 2200 1001 Bishop Street Honolulu, HI
Phone: 808-523-2521
Fax: 808-523-0842


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

Rick James is a partner in the firm's Honolulu office and is a member of the Real Estate & Land Use practice group. He concentrates his practice on all phases of the acquisition, development and sale of real property, including: the formation of partnerships, joint ventures and LLC's; negotiating purchase and sale agreements; negotiating construction contracts and architect agreements; representing borrowers in development financing; preparing condominium and land sales registrations; preparing project sales documents and negotiating long term ground leases Mr. James also regularly advises clients on environmental law matters affecting real estate, with an emphasis on cleaning up contaminated sites and the impact of environmental laws in leasing and sales transactions.


  • Highest "AV" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, in Real Estate Law
  • Listed in Chambers USAAmerica's Leading Lawyers for Business, in Real Estate
  • Member, Order of the Coif

Representative Matters

Campbell Estate Representation of trustees in termination of private trust and transfer of $2.7 billion in property and other assets to successor entity.

City of Kapolei Representation of James Campbell Company LLC in the development and sale of the City of Kapolei, the secondary urban center on Oahu.

Gay & Robinson Representation of sugar company in winding up sugar operations and negotiating long-term ground lease of 3500 acres of prime agricultural land.

Honua Kai Representation of developer in the development and sale of a 700-unit mixed-use high-rise resort condominium hotel project.

Downtown Honolulu Superblock Representation of land owner in the $34.6 million sale of Downtown Honolulu Superblock.

James Campbell Industrial Park Representation of land owner in the $115 million sale of James Campbell Industrial Park.

Pearlridge Shopping Center Representation of shopping center owner in negotiation with fee owner of extension of ground leases under Pearlridge Shopping Center.

Kona Village Resort Representation of resort owner in $55 million sale of Kona Village Resort.

Kuki'o Representation of developer in development and sale of a 675-acre residential lot and golf course development.

Kolea Representation of developer in the development and sale of a 126-unit mid-rise resort residential condominium project.

Hokuli'a Representation of developer in development and sale of a 1,558-acre residential lot and golf course development.

One Archer Lane Representation of developer in development and sale of 331-unit mixed-use high-rise condominium project.

Kahuku Training Area Representation of land owner in condemnation of 8,500-acre Kahuku Training Area by U.S. Army.

South Range Representation of land owner in 1,405-acre condemnation of South Range by U.S. Army.

Aloha Tower Representation of developer in negotiation of $100 million in debt and equity funding for Aloha Tower Project.


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate, Land Use & Hospitality
  • Environmental & Alternative Energy
  • Project Finance
  • Corporate & Business

West Practice Categories

Banking & Finance Law, Business Organizations, Environmental Law, Real Estate Law


Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii
  • U.S. Federal Courts


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Claremont Men's College, Claremont, California
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Mathematics
    Major: Economics