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Geoffrey Hamilton


Honolulu, HI


Geoffrey Hamilton practices family law, emphasizing divorce and child custody. Before co-founding Char Hamilton Taylor & Thom (now Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto), Mr. Hamilton was the partner and co-founder of Hamilton & Taylor (now Taylor Leong & Chee). He began his career as an associate at Chun Kerr & Dodd (now Chun Kerr Dodd Beaman & Wong). He has past experience in securities, real estate/condominium development, limited partnership, corporations, partnerships, construction litigation, and insurance defense.

*All of the Psychodynamics articles were co-authored with Thomas S. Merrill, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and, as to "Relocation Issues", co-authored with Professor Jeffrey Atkinson of Chicago, Illinois.

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1970
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1970


  • Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1968
  • The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1965
    • Major: History
  • Riverdale Country School, New York, New York
    • Town School, Lick-Wilmerding School, San Francisco, California

      Published Works

      • Editor, Child Custody Section, Hawaii Divorce Manual
      • "Relocation Issues", (Co-Author), ABA Family Law Compendium, 2006
      • "Why is My Client Nuts?...An Inquiry into The Psychodynamics of Divorce", (Co-Author), ABA Family Law Compendium, 1989
      • "Why is My Client Nuts?...An Inquiry into The Psychodynamics of Divorce", (Co-Author), ABA Family Law Compendium, 1993
      • "How to be Effective with Your Divorce Clients", ABA Family Law Compendium, 1997
      • "How to Survive Divorce", ABA Family Advocate, 1990
      • "Divorce: The Emotional Rollercoaster", ABA Family Advocate, Winter, 1990
      • "Why is My Clients Nuts?".. Dealing with Different Divorce Client, II Hawaii Bar Journal, No: 13, 1998
      • "The Nuttiness of Divorce", ABA Family Advocate, Vol. 22 No. 1.


      • Speaker - ABA Family Law Section Annual Meeting, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2006
      • Hawaii Institute of Continuing Legal Education and Pacific Law Institute, Lecturer and Panelist, 1977 to 1998
      • Law for the Non-Lawyer, University of Hawaii, 1978 to Present

      Honors and Awards

      • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 1st - 3rd Editions, Natifeh & Smity
      • "AV" Rated - Peer Review
      • The Best Lawyers in America
      • Listed by Honolulu Magazine as one of Hawaii's "A+ Attorneys"
      • Listed by Honolulu Magazine as one of Hawaii's "Best Lawyers", 1999, 2001, 2003, & 2005

      Professional Associations and Memberships

      • Family Court of the First Circuit of Hawaii, Appointed Master Special, 1988
      • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow, 1981
      • Hawaii State Bar Association, Member, 1970
      • Family Law Section, Hawaii State Bar Association, Chairperson (1990-92 and 1996), 1988
      • State of Hawaii Criminal Injuries Compensation Committee , Chairperson, 1986 to 1991
      • Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association, Secretary, 1987 to 1987
      • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Board Member, Hawaii Lawyers Care, 1992 to 1994
      • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Certified Arbitrator, 1992
      • Hawaii Supreme Court Committee on Divorce Proceedings, Member, 2000 to 2001
      • Family Law Section, Special Guardian Ad Litem Committee, Co-Chair (1994-1995, 2000)
      • Family Law Section, Hawaii State Bar Association, Member of Board of Directors, 1990 to Present
      • Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association , Secretary/Director, 1985 to 1989
      • Village Maluhia Condominium Association, President, 1981 to 1982
      • Honolulu Chapter of American Cancer Society, Board Member, 1985 to 1987
      • Hawaii International Child Placement and Family Services, Inc., Board Member and Officer, 1978 to 1990
      • Kaneohe Neighborhood Board, Past Member