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Practice Areas:
Insurance Coverage, Insurance Defense Litigation, Appellate Practice, Personal Injury Litigation, Mediation/Arbitration

William S. Richardson School of Law, J.D. 1986
University of Hawaii at Manoa, B.A. 1983


Mr. Tanoue was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward H. Nakamura, of the Hawaii State Supreme Court.  He started his career working in insurance coverage and insurance defense litigation with Matsui, Chung, Sumida & Chang.  He later worked in the Department of the Corporation Counsel of the City and County of Honolulu.  His duties there included heading the appellate section and the trials division, and advising various municipal agencies.  He later became a partner at Tanoue & Tanaka, where he specialized in insurance coverage, insurance defense litigation, and appellate practice, before becoming one of the shareholders and directors of The Pacific Law Group.

Mr. Tanoue was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he taught a class on pretrial litigation and procedure.  He has lectured on various law topics as an instructor at the Japan-America Institute of Management Science and is a frequent lecturer on insurance and tort law at seminars benefiting professional and lay organizations.  He is active in high school debate, and has served as the debate coach for Iolani School since September 1994 and has been a judge for the Hawaii Speech League since 1979.

Professional Affiliations:
Hawaii State Bar Association
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section

Bar Admissions:
State of Hawaii
U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
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