Corporate, Litigation, and Labor & Employment Lawyers

Honolulu and Hilo, HI

Lincoln S.T. Ashida

Senior Counsel

Business Litigation, Employment Litigation

Born in Hilo, Lincoln S.T. Ashida is the longest serving Corporation Counsel in the history of the County of Hawaii, having served in this position from December 2000 to April 2014. As the County's former top civil attorney, his clients included the Mayor, Hawaii County Council, and various other County of Hawaii departments and boards and commissions. Mr. Ashida is also a former deputy prosecuting attorney for the County of Hawaii, who successfully prosecuted many high-profile cases and jury trials that received national attention. He also headed the sex crimes unit at the Prosecuting Attorney's Office during his tenure there and served as a supervising attorney for the Office. Mr. Ashida is Senior Counsel at our law firm.


Mr. Ashida was the 2009 statewide recipient of the Hawaii State Bar Association's C. Frederick Schutte award for outstanding contribution to the legal profession in the State of Hawaii. In 2010, he was the statewide recipient of the Hawaii State Bar Association Government Lawyer's Section Pro Bono Service Award for outstanding contribution to the community in providing pro bono service and leadership.

Community Involvement

Mr. Ashida is active in our community, involved with Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, the Initiatives Committee of the statewide Access to Justice Commission, the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawaii, the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, the Kalanianaole School Foundation, the Kamehameha Schools Parent-Teacher Ohana, the East Hawaii Hiroshima Kenjinkai, the Japanese Community Association, the University of Hawaii at Hilo Boosters, the Hawaii State Judiciary's CAAP arbitration program, and the Boy Scouts of America.

He also contributes his time to the community as an instructor in Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and judging high school mock trial and other competitions, and speaking at various community forums.


  • J.D., 1987, Creighton University School of Law
  • B.S., 1984, Economics, University of Michigan

Admitted to Practice

  • Hawaii State Bar, 1987
  • United States Federal Court for the District of Hawaii, 1987
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2004
  • United States Supreme Court, 2004

Areas of Practice