Lady Lawyers Luncheon Series Summary - Doing Business with the State and County

June 22, 2015 3:55 PM | Anonymous member

On Monday, June 15, Hawaii Women Lawyers – as part of the Lady Lawyers Luncheon series – was delighted to co-host with the Hawaii State Bar Association a discussion on doing business with the State of Hawaii and the City and County of Honolulu, led by Julie China, Hawaii State Deputy Attorney General and Donna Leong, Corporation Counsel for the City and County of Honolulu. The speakers discussed how negotiating with the state and county might differ from negotiations with private parties, special issues that might arise, and how best to request approvals from the state or county. Julie and Donna agreed that the state and county do not have much latitude in negotiations owing to the constraints of various laws and regulations. Moreover, Julie, in discussing her work representing the Department of Land and Natural Resources, warned that transactions with the state move very slowly, so attorneys need to be aware of the length of the process. Finally, with respect to procuring agency approval, the speakers agreed that attorneys must be aware of the specific requirements of requests made to the agencies and comply meticulously with those requirements. We appreciate both speakers taking time from very busy schedules to speak and answer questions from the audience.

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