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Gary M. Kobayashi

Mr. Kobayashi joined the firm in 2019 and concentrates his practice in the area of workers compensation.


He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received his Juris Doctor degree from Boston College.


In 1984, he began his legal career as an associate in a general practice law firm. At that law firm, workers compensation, personal injury and criminal defense were the primary areas of his practice. Since 1990, workers compensation has been his principal area of practice. In 1990, he joined Amano, Amano & Pinao and became a partner there in 1994. In 2002, he opened up a solo law practice. From July 2015 – June 2019, he worked at the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as their Compliance Officer, supervising the PUC’s Consumer Affairs and Compliance Section’s team members on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and Kauai.

He also was law clerk for the Honorable Patrick Yim and a Legislative Intern and Administrative Assistant for Representative Kenneth Lee for the 1979 and 1980 Legislative Sessions.


Mr. Kobayashi is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and is admitted to practice before all Hawaii courts and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

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