David A. Paulson

Direct:  808.628.7512
Fax:  808.533.2467

paulson@SMLhawaii.com

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Practice Areas
- Hotel and Resort

- Commercial Real Estate

- Land Use and Zoning

- Real Estate Litigation

David has practiced law in Honolulu since 2005. He primarily provides representation to hotel and resort owners, to developers and to other commercial property owners, in connection with real estate acquisitions and sales, ground leasing, development and land use matters and financings.

David graduated magna cum laude from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii with an Environmental Law Program Certificate. In law school, he was recent developments editor on the University of Hawaii Law Review and the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Domestic Ocean and Coastal Law, Hazardous Waste Law and Land Use Management and Control. David was also the recipient of the ABA Student Award for Excellence in Land Use.

 

David is a 1999 graduate from Princeton University with a degree in molecular biology. After graduation, David studied various marine invertebrate species at the University of Hawaii. In addition to his published thesis on gene expression in zebra fish, David has been a contributing author to multiple, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

 

In his free time, David enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking.

 

Education

J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, 2004 magna cum laude
Recent Events Editor, University of Hawaii Law Review
ABA Student Award for Excellence in Land Use
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Domestic Ocean and Coastal Law, Hazardous Waste Law, Land Use Management and Control, Legal Method Seminar, and Second-Year Seminar

 

B.A., Molecular Biology, Princeton University, 1999

 

Admissions & Courts
Hawaii (all state and federal courts)

 

Memberships
Hawaii State Bar Association

American Bar Association

 

Legal Publications
You Can’t Put the Toothpaste Back into the Tube: The Adequacy of Federal Regulatory Oversight to Prevent Potential Environmental Damage Resulting from the Open-Field Testing of Transgenic Crops, HE MAU MO‘OLELO KANAWAI O KA ‘AINA, The Hawaii Environmental Law Program Paper Series, Fall 2005

 

No Endangered Species Left Behind:  The Endangered Species Act Amendments of 1978 and the Resulting Inequity in Critical Habitat Designation, 25 U. HAW. L. REV. 525 (2003)

 

 

 

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