Mr. Shibata has over 35 years of legal experience, specializing in business and real estate matters.
Direct Line: (808) 521-0436
E-Mail Address: DShibata@rmhawaii.com
Education: Yale University & Stanford University B.A. 1971; University of California at Los Angeles M.B.A. 1973; University of California at Davis J.D. 1976
Admitted to Practice: California 1976; Alaska 1977; Hawaii 1980; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit 1981
Professional/Civic Activities: Former President of the Japan-Hawaii Lawyers Association; Former President of the Board of Directors of Parents and Children Together; Member of the Board of Directors of Parents and Children Together; Former Member of the Board of Directors of Salvation Army; Former Member of the Board of Directors of Historic Hawaii; Managing Editor, University of California at Davis Law Review 1975-1976; Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of Alaska, Ninth Circuit 1976-1978
Mr. Shibata has been responsible for numerous real estate transactions, including the purchase of hotels, shopping centers, buildings, and land. His practice involves drafting complex contracts and other real property documents and assisting in real estate developments, including changes in land use classifications, development plans and zoning, subdivisions and consolidations, the development of covenants, conditions and restrictions, and the drafting of residential, commercial and industrial leases. He has also represented numerous banks in foreclosures and in drafting loan documents.
Mr. Shibata’s clients include or have included Inter-Continental Hotels, Marriott Corporation, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Halekulani Corporation, Mitsui Fudosan, Cook Inlet Region Inc., The Bascom Group, LLC, iStar Financial, Hyatt Corporation, W.H. Smith, Leucadia, Tesoro Hawaii Corporation, Wallace Theaters, Japan Airlines, Cerberus, Lehman Brothers, Angelo Gordon, and DeBartolo Development. He has handled large, complex land transactions, including the purchase of over 80,000 acres of former Castle & Cook land in North Kohala, the purchase of a retail store chain, and the purchase of a theater chain. Examples of other transactions include the purchase and/or sale of the Coco Palms Hotel, Maui Marriott Hotel, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Hotel, Grand Wailea Hotel, Hawaiian Regent Hotel, Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Kapalua Bay Hotel, Kauai Coconut Beach Hotel, Aloha Surf Hotel , the Continental Surf Hotel, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Hotel, the Maui Oceanfront Hotel and the Aqua Waikiki Pearl Hotel; the purchase of timeshare lots at Ko Olina for the Marriott Corporation; the purchase of the Enchanted Lakes Shopping Center, Lahaina Cannery Mall, Waiakea Shopping Center, Crossroads Shopping Center, Halekuai Shopping Center, Kahana Gateway Shopping and Office Complex, Waianae Mall, Sunset Villas Apartments, Kilani Apartments, and Waikiki Trade Center; the purchase and development of industrial subdivisions of Kenai Industrial Park and Malakole Industrial Park; the purchase and development of the affordable housing projects at the Oasis at Waipahu Apartments, E Komo Mai Apartments and Hale Makana Apartments; the purchase and financing of Hale Kapuna and Leeward Integrated Health Care facilities; and the foreclosure and purchase of the Ilikai Hotel and the Kauai Beach Resort.
Mr. Shibata was a Managing Editor, University of California at Davis Law School. After law school, Mr. Shibata clerked for the Honorable Raymond E. Plummer of the United States District Court of the District of Alaska (1976 -1977) and the Honorable James M. Fitzgerald of the United States District Court of the District of Alaska (1977-1978). He was an associate with Graham & James in Anchorage, Alaska, and joined Rush Moore LLP in 1980. Mr. Shibata has been the Managing Partner of Rush Moore LLP since 2000.
Mr. Shibata is the author of Negotiating and Documents Commercial Real Estate Transactions, published in the Hawaii Bar Association’s Hawaii Real Estate Law Manual in 2009. He was selected amongst his peers as “Best Lawyer in Hawaii” and has been recognized by Chambers & Partners USA in the real estate field.
Mr. Shibata is the President of the Board of Directors of Parents and Children Together and the former President of the Japan-Hawaii Lawyers Association and a former Member of the Board of Directors of Salvation Army and the Board of Directors of Historic Hawaii.