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Faculty | Estate Planning and Elder Law: Planning for the Before and After Seminar | Honolulu, HI | May 17, 2016
Estate Planning and Elder Law: Planning for the Before and After Seminar

Jared N. Kawashima - (Yee &Kawashima, LLLP):
JARED N. KAWASHIMA is a partner of Yee & Kawashima, LLLP in Honolulu. Mr. Kawashima is an experienced trust and estate litigator and assists clients with a range of probate and trust and matters, including estate planning and trust administration. He is also one of the few attorneys in the State of Hawaii that advises trustees of multi-employer Taft-Hartley trust funds. Upon graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Riki May Amano in the Third Circuit Court of the State of Hawaii, assisting with jury and jury waived trials. Mr. Kawashima has been listed in the Best Lawyers® in America since 2012, has received recognition as one of the Best Law Firms in America for 2014, and was listed as one of the Best Lawyers® in Hawaii by Honolulu magazine. He is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Hawaii Estate Planning Council, the American Bar Association, and the Society for Human Resource Management. Mr. Kawashima earned his B.S. at Santa Clara University and his J.D. at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Scott C. Suzuki - (Scott C. Suzuki, Attorney at Law):
SCOTT C. SUZUKI is the principal of Scott C. Suzuki, Attorney at Law, a Honolulu law firm that provides unique planning services for seniors and populations with special needs and the people in their lives. Most frequently, Mr. Suzuki assists people with estate planning, special needs trusts and planning, long-term care/Medicaid and public benefit planning, guardianships, conservatorships, and probates. He is the current national president of the Special Needs Alliance (, a national non-profit organization consisting of some of the most credentialed public benefits and disability law attorneys in the country, committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who represent them. Mr. Suzuki is active at the University of Hawaii as a lecturer in law and as a volunteer attorney at the University of Hawaii Elder Law Program (UHELP). Through UHELP, he helps Professor James H. Pietsch provide free legal assistance to seniors residing on Oahu and research recent developments in elder law. Mr. Suzuki is frequent lecturer, locally and nationally, on the topics of elder law and special needs planning, and is the recipient of the Pro Bono Award from the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission. He is also a fellow in the Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute, and has been listed as a Rising Star® by Super Lawyers®. Mr. Suzuki earned his J.D. at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, while simultaneously earning an M.P.H. in gerontology at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Donna V. Payesko - (Darl C. Gleed & Associates LLLC):
DONNA V. PAYESKO is a senior associate with the law office of Darl C. Gleed & Associates LLLC in Kailua-Kona, where her practice is focused on estate planning, trust administration, probate, fiduciary income taxation, and elder law. She was previously licensed as a CPA in New Jersey and is a member of WealthCounsel, a nationwide group of attorneys who collaborate on advanced estate planning techniques. Ms. Payesko is an active member of the local West Hawaii community where she is the treasurer of the West Hawaii Bar Association and a frequent speaker to Big Island community groups on estate planning and elder law. She also volunteers her expertise with the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, the Kona Self Help Legal Center, and Kids First. Ms. Payesko received her B.S. from the Rutgers University School of Business and her J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law.

Thomas D. Sands - (Case Lombardi & Pettit):
THOMAS D. SANDS, of Case Lombardi & Pettit in Honolulu, practices in estate planning and elder law, civil litigation, and real estate. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sands focused his practice on condominium representation, creditor representation in bankruptcy, insurance defense, and civil litigation. He is admitted to practice in Hawaii and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. Mr. Sands received his B.A. from Sacred Heart University and his J.D. from the Loyola Marymount University Law School.

Alethea K. Rebman - (Mitsuyama & Rebman LLLC):
ALETHEA K. REBMAN, of Mitsuyama & Rebman LLLC in Honolulu, is a former City and County of Honolulu deputy prosecuting attorney and trusts and estates attorney. She was listed as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star® for 2014. Ms. Rebman is an arbitrator with the Court Appointed Arbitrator Program and volunteers at Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii’s neighborhood clinics. She is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Family Law and Child Law Sections, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the American Bar Association. Ms. Rebman received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Hawaii Pacific University and her J.D. from the Cornell University Law School, where she served as managing editor for the Legal Information Institute.