Kim W. Yoshimoto is a partner in the Government and Public Affairs group at Imanaka Asato LLLC. With vast experience in strategic advocacy, Ms. Yoshimoto has successfully worked with clients from a variety of industries on legislative issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to re-joining the firm in 2014, she served as the Director of External Affairs for United States Senator Brian Schatz and as Chief of Staff for Mr. Schatz when he served as Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor. Ms. Yoshimoto’s work in public service has provided her with a unique insight on the inner workings of government at both the state and federal levels, and a useful perspective on how certain policies resonate with both the business sector and the diverse local communities that comprise the State of Hawaii.
Ms. Yoshimoto began her career as a real estate attorney with Imanaka Asato, focusing on the areas of real estate development, condominiums, commercial finance, vacation ownership and resort development. She also continues to enjoy public service in the non-profit sector as a member of the Board of Directors of Helping Hands Hawaii, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council and the Kalihi Palama Culture and Arts Society. She also is a member of the Legislative Committee for the American Resort Development Association.
Ms. Yoshimoto received her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Tufts University, cum laude.
Areas of Practice
- Governmental and Public Affairs
- Real Estate Development and Finance
- Land Use
- Vacation Ownership and Resort Development
- State of Hawaii
- United States District Court, District of Hawaii
Professional and Community Affiliations
- Hawaii State Bar Association, Member
- American Resort Development Association, Legislative Committee, Member
- Helping Hands Hawaii, Board Member
- Pacific Asian Affairs Council, Board Member
- Kalihi Palama Culture and Arts Society, Board Member