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Steven L. Goto

Mr. Goto joined the firm in October 1993 and concentrates his practice in the areas of appellate advocacy, products liability and professional malpractice. He became a partner with Ayabe, Chong, Nishimoto, Sia & Nakamura in 1999, and is currently a general partner in the law firm of Chong, Nishimoto, Sia, Nakamura & Goya, LLLP, a limited liability law limited partnership.


Mr. Goto attended the University of Hawaiʽi at Mānoa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with Distinction. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and Hui Poʽokela, University of Hawaiʽi Mortar Board. He attended Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, Loyola Marymount University, on a full tuition scholarship, and was awarded his Juris Doctor degree in 1993. Mr. Goto also served as a member of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review.


Upon graduation, Mr. Goto joined the firm in 1993 where he has developed a practice focusing primarily in personal injury, professional malpractice, workers’ compensation and appellate practice and procedure. Rivera v. Maui Soda & Ice Works, Ltd., No. CAAP-13-0006129, 2017 Haw. App. LEXIS 148 (Ct. App. April 13, 2017); Pouono v. Daiichiya-Loves Bakery, Inc., No. CAAP-11-0000812, 2015 Haw. App. LEXIS 102 (Ct. App. Feb. 26, 2015); Linogon v. City Mill, Nos. 30710 and 30711, 2013 Haw. App. LEXIS 716 (Ct. App. December 30, 2013); Lacio v. Da Kitchen Express, No. 29383, 2009 Haw. App. LEXIS 602 (Ct. App. Sept. 14, 2009), Ching v. Valencia, No. 27331, 2008 Haw. LEXIS 192 (Haw. Aug. 26, 2008) Jou v. Argonaut Ins. Co., No. 27281, 2007 Haw. App. LEXIS 238 (Ct. App. April 5, 2007); Tri-S Corp. v. Western World Ins. Co., 110 Haw. 473, 135 P.3d 82 (2006); Wittig v. Allianz, A.G., 112 Haw. 195, 145 P.3d 738 (Ct. App. 2006); Kimberly v. State of Hawaii, et. al., No. 23954, 2005 Haw. LEXIS 392, (Haw. July 29, 2005); Reiche v. Ferrera, No. 24449, 2003 Haw.App. LEXIS 7 (Ct. App. Jan. 16, 2003); Tamashiro v. Control Specialist, Inc., 97 Haw. 94, 34 P.3d 24 (Ct. App. 2001); and Helfand v. Gerson, 105 F.3d 530 (9th Cir. 1997).


Mr. Goto is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association. He is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in Hawaiʽi, and is licensed to appear before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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