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Litigation Division

The Office of the Corporation Counsel provides legal representation on behalf of the County of Hawai‘i, its officers, representatives and employees in resolving disputes such as lawsuits, arbitration, mediation and claims, filed against the County of Hawai‘i and its officers, representatives and employees.

Lerisa L. Heroldt | Laureen Martin
Melody Parker | Christopher Schlueter

Counseling and Drafting Division

The Counseling and Drafting Division of the Office of the Corporation Counsel advises all departments, boards, agencies, and commissions on legal matters, which impact that particular County entity. The Division drafts appropriate legislation for consideration by the County Council or the State Legislature. The Division also provides legal representation on behalf of the County of Hawai‘i in administrative proceedings, including contested case hearings and agency appeals.

Belinda Castillo Hall | Malia Ho | Ronald Kim
Renee Schoen | Amy G. Self | Molly A. Stebbins | J Yoshimoto

ATTORNEYS


Molly A. Stebbins

Molly A. Stebbins - Administration/Counseling & Drafting

MOLLY A. STEBBINS was appointed Corporation Counsel for the County of Hawai‘i in June 2014. Ms. Stebbins joined the office in 2007 and served as the deputy corporation counsel assigned to the police, fire and human resources departments during that period. Ms. Stebbins received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Social Thought and Political Economy. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where she was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court team and a recipient of the John S. Edmunds Award for Civility and Vigorous Advocacy. Prior to joining the Office of the Corporation Counsel she clerked for former circuit court judge, now Hawai‘i Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Hawai‘i and is also admitted to appear before the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ms. Stebbins is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the Hawai‘i County Bar Association. She previously served two terms as the East Hawai‘i Director for the Young Lawyers Division of the HSBA.


Belinda Castillo Hall

Belinda Castillo Hall - Counseling & Drafting

BELINDA CASTILLO HALL is a member of the Counseling & Drafting Division.

Ms. Hall is a graduate of St. Joseph Schools in Hilo and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s College of Business Administration (now known as the Shidler College of Business). She received her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she was a member of the Moot Court Board and two time Western Regional Champion in the American Bar Association’s Client Counseling Competition.

Prior to joining the Corporation Counsel team, she served as a State of Hawai‘i Deputy Public Defender in Hilo and Honolulu, a County of Hawai‘i Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, and a civil litigation Associate with the law firm of Miller, Sur and Tokuyama, LLP. She is a Barrister for the American Inns of Court – Aloha Inn; has served as a Director in the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association for Honolulu and East Hawai‘i; and volunteered for the American Bar Association Programs including Ready for the World Program (for high school seniors), Junior Judges Program (for elementary students) and Mock Trial Competition as a judge.


Lerisa L. Heroldt

Lerisa L. Heroldt - Litigation

LERISA L. HEROLDT is a member of the Litigation Division.

Ms. Heroldt graduated from Punahou School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, where she graduated cum laude.

Prior to joining the Office of the Corporation Counsel, Ms. Heroldt was in private practice with the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd and Ing in Honolulu, where she handled all aspects of state and federal court litigation in areas such as business torts, class actions, constitutional and civil rights, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, employment law, personal injury, title defense and medical malpractice.

Ms. Heroldt has been licensed to practice in the State of Hawai‘i since 2001. She is also admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i. She is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and joined the West Hawai‘i Bar Association in 2016.


Ronald Kim

Malia Ho - Counseling & Drafting

MALIA HO is a member of the counseling and drafting division.

Ms. Ho graduated from Maui High School and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where she was an executive board member of the Women’s Law Association and Public Interest Law Committee. While at Southwestern, she was a recipient of the Southwestern Public Interest Law Service Award and Wiley M. Manuel Certificate.


Ronald Kim

Ronald Kim - Counseling & Drafting

RONALD KIM is a member of the counseling and drafting division.

Mr. Kim received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gonzaga University with a major in History and minors in International Relations and Speech Communications. Mr. Kim received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with an Environmental Law Program Certificate and Pacific Asian Legal Studies Certificate.

Following graduation from law school Mr. Kim clerked for then Honorable Judge Craig H. Nakamura (who is presently Chief Judge) at the Intermediate Court of Appeals for the State of Hawai‘i. Mr. Kim subsequently engaged in the practice of law with several different private firms in Honolulu for over a decade before joining the Office of Corporation Counsel. While in private practice Mr. Kim handled and assisted in a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters.

Mr. Kim is a member of the Hawai‘i State and Hawai‘i County Bar Associations.


Laureen L. Martin

Laureen L. Martin - Administration/Litigation

LAUREEN L. MARTIN is the Section Chief for the Litigation Division.

Ms. Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University where she graduated cum laude and was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Awards in Products Liability, Criminal Law and Real Estate Transactions.

Prior to working for the County of Hawai‘i, Ms. Martin worked for the Department of the Corporation Counsel for the County of Maui where she was assigned to litigation and handled a variety of cases, including motor vehicle accidents, roadway defects and cases alleging excessive force.  Prior to working for the government, Ms. Martin was in private practice specializing in personal injury matters.

Ms. Martin has been licensed to practice law in the State of Hawai‘i since 1993. She is also admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i.

Ms. Martin is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the Hawai‘i County Bar Association.


Melody Parker

Melody Parker - Litigation

MELODY PARKER is a member of the Litigation division.

Ms. Parker prior to joining the Corporation Counsel served as a senior litigator for the Office of the Public Defender. Ms. Parker received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her Juris Doctor degree from The William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Hawai‘i and the Federal Courts for the District of Hawai‘i.


Christopher P. Schlueter

Christopher P. Schlueter - Litigation

CHRISTOPHER P. SCHLUETER is a member of the Litigation Division

Mr. Schlueter graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Xavier University and his Juris Doctor degree from Gonzaga University. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Hawai‘i, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and also admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i.

Prior to joining the Office of the Corporation Counsel team, Mr. Schlueter was in private practice as an associate with the Law Offices of Steven D. Strauss. Mr. Schlueter’s current professional affiliations include membership in the Hawai‘i County Bar Association (President, 2013 & 2014) and the Hawai‘i State Bar Association.


Renee N.C. Schoen

Renee N.C. Schoen - Counseling & Drafting

RENEE N.C. SCHOEN is a member of the Counseling and Drafting Division. Schoen graduated from the Kamehameha Schools, received her Bachelors of Science degree from Santa Clara University, and her Juris Doctorate degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Hawai‘i and admitted to appear before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i. Prior to her tenure at the Office of the Corporation Counsel, Ms. Schoen worked at the Hilo office of the Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i. Ms. Schoen also served as a Deputy Attorney General, a Deputy Public Defender, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Daniel Heely of the First Circuit Court. Ms. Schoen is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the Hawai‘i County Bar Association.


Amy G. Self

Amy G. Self - Administration/Counseling & Drafting

AMY G. SELF is the Section Chief for the Counseling and Drafting Division.

Ms. Self received a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Ms. Self is licensed to practice in Hawai‘i and admitted to appear before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i.

Prior to joining the Office of the Corporation Counsel team, Ms. Self was in private practice with the law firm of Carlsmith Ball LLP in the Honolulu office and later in the Hilo office where she practiced primarily in the areas of labor/employment and land use. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Self worked as a paralegal at the firm of Carlsmith Ball LLP in Honolulu, at the Maui County Office of the Corporation Counsel and at the Legal Aid Office on Maui.

Ms. Self is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the Hawai‘i County Bar Association and is currently serving as the treasurer for the Hilo Bayfront Trails Inc., a Hawai‘i nonprofit corporation created to build a multi-use trail through Downtown Hilo through private donations and grants.


J Yoshimoto

J Yoshimoto - Counseling & Drafting

J YOSHIMOTO is a member of the Counseling and Drafting Division.

Mr. Yoshimoto graduated from Hilo High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Hawai‘i since 1992.

Prior to joining the Office of the Corporation Counsel, Mr. Yoshimoto worked for the State of Hawai‘i as a Deputy Attorney General in Hilo. He serves as an Arbitrator for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program and is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and Hawai‘i County Bar Association.