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Hawaii's First Family Lawyer of the Year

On the 25th anniversary of its first publication, Best Lawyers in America for the first time designated "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties. Those selected "Lawyers of the Year" were those who, during the previous two surveys by Best Lawyers in America, received particularly high ratings from most of their peers, earning a high level of respect among other leading lawyers in the same specialties for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity. Of the 43 practice specialties, lawyers in six practice specialties in Hawaii (family law, banking law, personal injury litigation, real estate law, corporate law, and "bet-the-company litigation") were designated "Lawyer of the Year."

It is a tremendous honor to be the first Best Lawyers in America Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year" in family law.

William C. Darrah has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1989. He has been a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1985, a Hawaii “Super Lawyer” since 2007, and a “Hawaii A+ Lawyer” since 1993. Since 1989, the national directory of attorneys Martindale Hubbell has given Mr. Darrah its distinguished AV rating, signifying preeminent levels of legal ability and the highest ethical standards.

Divorce With Complex Financial Issues

We have been, for many years, the only law firm in Hawaii specializing in the representation of clients involved in more financially complex divorces. We will only represent those clients who legitimately need the kind of skill, experience, technical ability, attention to detail, standard of quality, and discretion which we offer. With going on four decades of experience, we have the skill and ability to successfully handle any divorce, no matter how complicated.

“Discreet, Dignified, Done Right”

Our approach to divorce law is best described by our motto: "Discreet, Dignified, Done Right." We go to great lengths to protect the privacy of our clients' personal and financial matters. We believe in a dignified approach because it produces the best results. We scrupulously attend to every aspect of every client's divorce, from the very beginning to the very end, to ensure that, when it's over, there are absolutely no "legal loose ends."

Hawaii's Divorce Educators

We are Hawaii's best-known divorce educators. Since 1990 we have published the monthly Journal of Hawaii Family Law, since 1994 we have been the editor of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s annually updated Hawaii Divorce Manual, and since 2002 we have presented the monthly Divorce Law in Hawaii and Divorce Options in Hawaii public education programs at the Hawaii Supreme Court. We believe that the fullest possible knowledge of the law and process of divorce on the part of all concerned contributes significantly to the elimination of needless conflict and expense in resolving matrimonial issues.

A Wide Range of Options

We offer the widest range of options to those with more financially complicated marital issues and challenges.

  • We provide traditional representation to spouses in the process of divorce. We are skilled negotiators who successfully settle the vast majority of our cases. We are also seasoned litigators with experience in some of Hawaii's most notable landmark divorce trials and appeals, should a hearing or a trial before the Family Court, or an appeal to the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals or the Hawaii Supreme Court, be required.
  • We prepare postnuptial agreements for spouses as a viable alternative to separation or divorce.
  • We represent spouses in collaborative engagements, where lawyers are retained to settle cases, and not litigate, and if litigation ensues, new attorneys are required.
  • We are experienced divorce mediators, arbitrators, private judges, and masters.

Contact Us

If you have matrimonial challenges involving a financially more complicated marital estate, and you think that we might be able to help, please call us at (808) 533-2930.



The Law Offices of William C. Darrah
A Practice in Matrimonial Law

Pacific Guardian Center, Mauka Tower · 737 Bishop Street, Suite 2820, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 · Telephone: (808) 533-2930


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