Company: Law Office of Lawrence Kumabe
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Lawrence Kumabe, Attorney at Law Office of Lawrence Kumabe, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in real estate and property litigation.
In legal practice for 50 years, Mr. Kumabe has devoted himself to projects that have reflected his desire to improve the society through community service. At the same time, he has tried to work in his profession with continued integrity and honesty. He is part of an effort to gain recognition and compensation for the 120,000 Japanese Americans who were displaced and forced into internment camps, as well as working to help the energy situation by attempting to develop geothermal resources and receiving a billion-dollar offer from Sumitomo Electric to build an undersea cable to bring power from the Puna steam fields across Maui to Honolulu. Much of his practice has focused on real estate and property litigation.
Mr. Kumabe is a member and trustee of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation and a member of the Japan-America Society, the Japanese Cultural Center, and the Japanese-American Citizens League. He serves as legal counsel for the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC).
Mr. Kumabe got into his profession through his father, who owns a small mutual fund brokerage firm. When he graduated from Stanford University, he told his father that he wanted to work for him, but his father insisted that he pursue a career in law. He took a vocational interest test and scored extremely high for life insurance salesman, 93 percent for social worker, his mother’s profession, and 96 percent for lawyer. When he went to France with a sociology department, he asked Professor Dornbusch if he should pursue a PhD in sociology, and the professor told him that he would be better off as a lawyer. That was when he realized that all these things pointed him in that direction and had contributed to his own success and achievement. In the coming years, Mr. Kumabe would like to contribute more and give back to the community. He also wishes to assist immigrant families.
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