Attorney James A. Wagner, Wagner Choi & Verbrugge, Honolulu, Hawaii
Attorney Profile: James A. Wagner (Partner)
Direct Line: (808) 533-1877 ext. 1
745 Fort Street, Suite 1900
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Practice Areas: Mr. Wagner’s practice focuses on business reorganizations and workouts, corporate liquidations, receiverships, and foreclosures. Mr. Wagner has represented major parties in interest, ranging from debtors and trustees to lenders and creditors’ committees, in most of the larger bankruptcy cases filed in the District of Hawaii in the last 30 years, including as counsel for Joint Plan Proponent Sun Kona Finance I, LLC in In re 1250 Oceanside Partners, counsel for the Chapter 7 Trustee in the liquidation of Aloha Airlines, Inc., counsel for Debtor Azabu Buildings Co., Ltd., a Japanese corporation and then owner of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, which successfully confirmed reorganization plans in parallel reorganization proceedings in the United States and Japan that resulted in a tax-driven stock sale of the reorganized debtor.
Bar Admission: Born Akron, Ohio, December 14, 1944; admitted to bar, 1974, Hawaii.
Education: University of Akron and University of Hawaii (B.B.A., 1971); University of Akron (J.D., 1974). Member, Akron Law Review, 1973-1974. Author: Note, Negotiable Instruments—Forged Endorsements—Uniform Commercial Code § 3-419, 7 Akron Law Review 158, Fall, 1973; Contributor: Briner, Federal Income Tax Developments 1973, 7 Akron Law Review 188, Winter, 1974.
Membership: Hawaii State Bar Association, Hawaii Bankruptcy Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Bankruptcy Institute, American College of Bankruptcy, INSOL International.
Professional Activities and Awards: Fellow to the American College of Bankruptcy. Listed in “Best Lawyers in America”, 1987 to present. Listed as one of the “Best Lawyers in Hawaii” by Honolulu Magazine in the area of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law. Listed Chambers & Partners, Leading Firms and Leading Individuals 2005 – present. Past President, Bankruptcy Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Possesses highest “AV” Preeminent rating by his peers, as reported by Martindale Hubbell. Mediator, Bankruptcy Dispute Resolution Panel established by the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawaii. Faculty Member on seminars presented by the: Hawaii Institute of Continuing Legal Education; National Business Institute. Speaker at various commercial bankruptcy seminars presented by Bankruptcy Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
Civic & Public Service Activities: Founding Director and Vice-President, Hawaii Ronald McDonald House, 1984-1987. Director and President of the Friends of the Children's Justice Center, 1988-2003.