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Maile Marie Hirota

Maile Marie Hirota

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About Me

Hirota & Associates, LLLC is devoted exclusively to U.S. immigration and nationality matters. We have the in-depth knowledge to handle even the most complex immigration issues. We can assist you or your business with any immigration issue, including:

  •  Business immigration

  •  Family-based immigration

  •  Citizenship

  •  Removal defense


We view our work as a mission, not simply a job. We advocate for the administration of just immigration policy and the rights of individual immigrants. In her role as Hawaii Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Maile M. Hirota seeks to influence policy that affects the immigrant community.


Every year since 2008, Maile’s peers have chosen her for the prestigious Best Lawyers in America publication in the field of immigration law. Hirota & Associates is ranked by US News & World Report in the First Tier of "Best Law Firms" in Hawaii in the field of Immigration Law for 2013. To best serve our clients, we offer legal services in English, Tagalog, Ilocano and Japanese.


Maile began her law practice in Ohio as an associate with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, a large law firm in Cincinnati.  After practicing immigration law in Ohio for two years, she returned to her family in Hawaii and joined Lynch & Farmer in 1997.  She was named a partner of Lynch Ichida Thompson Kim & Hirota in 2002 and left that firm to found Hirota & Associates in 2009. Mailes practice concentrates solely in U.S. Immigration and Nationality law.

Maile is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, having served on the following committees: Hawaii Chapter Chair, 2012 - 2014; Vice Chair & Treasurer, 2011-2012; Hawaii Chapter Congressional Liaison National EOIR Liaison Committee, 2007-2008; National Mentor, Honolulu District Office practice, 2003-present; USCIS California Service Center Liaison Committee, 2005-2007; National Immigration Reform Committee, 2005-2006; Hawaii Chapter Chair, 2003-2005; Hawaii Chapter Vice Chair, 2001-2003; Hawaii Chapter Secretary, 2000-2001.

Maile maintains a worm bin and a vegetable garden at home and enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, daughter and a huge siamese cat, Fred.  She is a sports fan, especially of UH basketball and the University of Michigan Wolverines. She enjoys a friendly rivalry in the office with Stella, who graduated from that other Michigan school.


Languages Spoken: Japanese, Tagalog

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Immigration: 100%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Erin J Lee

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Erin Lee Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Hirota & Associates, LLLC

735 Bishop Street
Suite 402
Honolulu, HI, 96813



Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
ListedBest Lawyers in America2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2012
ListedBest Lawyers in America2011
ListedBest Lawyers in America2010
ListedBest Lawyers in America2009
ListedBest Lawyers in America2008
Forty Under 40Pacific Business News2008

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationHawaii Chapter Chair2012 - 2014
Hawaii Women LawyersMemberN/A
Japan America Society of HawaiiLifetime MemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Peng v. Holder, 673 F.3d 1248 (9th Cir. 2012)Petition granted with re to 212(c) issue

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Inter-University Center for Japanese Language StudiesN/AUnknown1995
University of Michigan, Ann ArborJapaneseBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Indiana University School of Law, BloomingtonLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A