Jason returned home and to civilian practice after spending 10 years as an officer and military attorney in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. After being stationed in Florida, Washington D.C. (twice), and Okinawa, Japan, Jason and his family returned to settle in Kaneohe, where he was born and raised.
Representative Matters & Transactions
As a naval attorney, Jason gained broad experience in many different areas of law including litigation, consumer law, trust and estates, and employment law. During his assignment as a legal assistance attorney, Jason advised and served as counsel to over 850 service members and their families. He enjoyed working with his clients in seeking positive resolutions to their legal issues.
Jason also served as a military defense attorney, representing and advocating for clients as defense counsel before numerous administrative boards and courts-martial. He has also taught seminars at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center for NCIS agents-in-training.
Advising admirals and senior defense leaders in Washington D.C., Jason provided legal guidance to the Secretary of Defense and senior policy makers at the Department of Defense, recommending action on high visibility national security issues. He was selected as point person to liaise with three different joint task force agencies to ensure compliance with complex federal court orders and regulations.
He also advised managers and supervisors on discipline and grievance resolution options and procedures, in addition to heading command investigations into alleged misconduct. As Deputy Senior Legal Advisor, Jason mentored and supervised a team of legal professionals from all branches of military service.
Jason served as In-House Counsel at the United States Naval Hospital Okinawa, the largest forward deployed naval medical facility in the world. There he supervised to resolution eight malpractice litigation claims with a combined potential liability to the U.S. Navy totaling over $15 million. He provided outstanding legal assistance and ethics advice to over 500 staff members and patients. He also established working relationships with officials and employees from the Federal Government, military, and local Japanese Government, as well as with the private sector and interest groups.
During his last tour on active duty, Jason was picked to establish the first Secretary of Defense mandated Victims’ Legal Counsel (VLC) Program in Hawai`i. He advised and zealously represented 92 sexual assault victims in Hawai`i and Japan, and regularly provided outreach and training briefs to over 900 personnel. He appreciated this rare opportunity to guide his clients from first report to final resolution.
Hawaii State Bar (2006)
Navy and Marine Corps General and Special Courts-Martial (2006)
United States District Court for the District of Hawaii (2017)
Hawaii State Bar Association
United States Navy Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006 J.D.
Naval Justice School, United States Navy, Newport, Rhode Island, 2006, Honor Graduate
Officer Indoctrination School, United States Navy, Newport, Rhode Island, 2006
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 2002, B.S.