O''''''''Connor, Playdon & Guben, LLP
James A. Kawachika is a partner in the law firm of O’Connor, Playdon & Guben LLP, where his practice includes advising lawyers and law firms on legal ethics matters and representing lawyers before the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court. He also serves as an expert witness in legal ethics. Mr. Kawachika is a former chair of the Disciplinary Board and a past president of the Hawaii State Bar Association. He is currently one of Hawaii’s delegates to the ABA House of Delegates and was selected by the ABA President to serve a three-year term on the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, which analyzes and issues formal opinions interpreting the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Model Code of Judicial Conduct. Mr. Kawachika has presented numerous legal ethics seminars for both private CLE providers and the HSBA as well as individual organizations. He earned his B.A. Degree from the University of Hawaii and his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Kawachika is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, and the American Judicature Society. He is president of the Hawaii Justice Foundation and a director of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Judicature Society. Mr. Kawachika is “AV”-rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is listed in “Best Lawyers in America” by Woodward/White.