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Dominique Malia Tansley

Family Attorney at Kailua, HI

4.8   23 reviews

also known as Ohana Legal

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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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   I was born in Honolulu and then moved back to Hawaii after college and attended law school here. I left my position at a large, corporate law firm because I wanted to practice law on a more personal level and use my skills to help people resolve their legal problems. 

   When you hire me, you will be hiring a lawyer who is accessible, responsive, and dedicated to providing excellent client service. I will take the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions. I will explain the legal process and issues to you in plain English and provide a straightforward and honest assessment of your case.

    When am not in the office, I am usually spending time with my husband and my two boys. We love to hike the mountain trails around the island, especially any hike that ends at a place to swim! We enjoy cooking dinner and watching movies together. I like to relax by working in my vegetable garden or reading a good novel.


Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice

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Ohana Legal
1051 Keolu Drive,
Suite 240
Kailua, HI, 96734


4.8 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Leonevi | March 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Caring Lawyer
I am absolutely impressed with her knowledge, understanding, and service she provided. I searched through and consulted with multiple lawyers before deciding on her. She is very understanding and listens to exactly what the clients needs are. She doesn’t waste time or file useless documents to increase her bill like other lawyers I have met. She is honest and will tell you the truth about your case, not give false hope. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great lawyer without breaking the bank and wasting time. Thank you Dominique for your continuous help.
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Posted by Jennifer | May 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest - Direct - Doesn’t waste time
I was going through a horrible divorce and custody issues. I had contacted and consulted with about 10 to 15 lawyers/lawfirms befire finding Dominique. I was about to give up and then meeting with her gave me hope. The others were wasting my time and money, playing games and not listening to my needs whatsoever as a mother going through a divorce. She listened, she got things done efficiently and we were able to settle. I am beyond grateful for the peace she brought to my life and the wisdom and efficiency she brought to my divorce case.
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Posted by Natasha | March 19, 2022
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Child Custody
I am extremely happy I hired Ms. Dominique Tansley. She is incredibly knowledgeable of the federal law and the legal process in Hawaii, and was able to answer every question I had about my case. She used reason and evidence to help me win my custody case. She is extremely quick and efficient, and more than fair with her fees. Ms. Tansley is an extraordinary lawyer, and anyone would be so lucky to have her represent them in court.
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Posted by Brian | March 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Really helped to calm me down in my situation and to keep things fair throughout my divorce process. I will definitely continue to use Domonique Tansley throughout my child's upbringing as needed.
Posted by Shawn | March 5, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Exemplary Representation
Ms. Tansley handled my cases professionally and properly. She is highly knowledgeable about the law and has a great amount of experience in how the legal processes work in Hawaii. I could not have asked for better legal representation in handling my divorce or other two cases.
Posted by JL | February 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Dominique!
Dominique was so helpful for me during a very long and emotionally difficult legal battle with my ex. I initially retained her in 2014 for a TRO case against my ex, which then led to over a year long legal battle regarding property we co-owned. Dominique was very knowledgable, caring, and understanding. She always had my best interest in mind and consistently communicated with me throughout the entirety of my case. When needed, Dominique thoroughly explained things to me regarding my case and advised me on my options without ever making me feel as if I "had to settle" for unfavorable terms proposed by my ex. She always suggested settlement options that were in my best interest and favorable for my case. My case finally wrapped up toward the end of 2015 and looking back, I can truly say I couldn't have done it without Dominique. She played such a significant role throughout my entire legal battle and she really helped me feel supported throughout the entire process. In the end, Dominique helped me see that settling my case was not a "loss" but however, a "win" toward closure and freedom to move forward in life without continued emotional and financial stress related to my case. I highly recommend Dominique for any divorce/separation/family court related case!
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Posted by TR | February 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
She was very thorough during the free consult and seemed to really care about our situation. We went to court for a TRO that was placed and she helped us out with that. She is currently helping us on a custody issue, and so far has been great! Sometimes we don't get a reply right away, which is understandable since we are not her only clients, but she does reply within a reasonable amount of time. Does not over charge and works with the fact we never hired a lawyer before and is very understandable. We believe she is fighting for us!
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Posted by Kathie | February 22, 2018
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Highly recommend
Dominique is a really great lawyer. I am going through a really ugly stressful divorce. She has been very compassionate and honest. She takes the time to talk to me and explain everything thoroughly. I fell really blessed that I have her as my attorney.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Scary Moment
I contacted Dominique after being served with a TRO. The allegations were at the least, very exaggerated. Dominique and I talked over the situation and I decided to retain her. It proved to be a wise choice. Just a few weeks later my TRO was dismissed with prejudice.
Posted by Rhea | February 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Smart, Honest, Caring Lawyer in Aloha State
Ms. Tansley helped me tremendously with my case. She focused on what's important on the case and did not take advantage of the time. She is honest and genuinely care about my situation. She made me feel important and comfortable during the whole process. Because of her care about my situation, years of experience, expertise, and professionalism, I definitely have the judge ruling on my side. I will absolutely recommend her to anyone who needs a smart, honest, caring and dependable lawyer, Thank you Ms. Tansley!
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2018
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Couldn't have picked someone better!!
Ms. Tansley has been absolutely wonderful through my custody battle. She keeps it real when I get a little bit hot headed or if I have expectations that are unrealistic. I have had her as my lawyer since June 2016 and I do not regret my decision for one second. She has been incredibly flexible this entire process and answers all questions that I have. Thank you for everything and more to come!
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Posted by Shamica | February 11, 2018
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Appreciative Mother
Dominique Tansley has been a blessing to my somewhat complicated case. Even before she was hired on she gave me sound advise in my attempt to move my custody case forward. Dealing with a High conflict divorce is always stressful but her honsety and willingness to take on my case was refreshing. Dominique took over where my previously lawyer left off . She ensured I understood what was happening step by step. And gave me the ability to focus on my son. When it came time for court she was prepared and I could not have asked for a better outcome. While we are still fighting this battle I have every confidence that she is working toward the best interest of my family. While going through a divorce with children involved is very difficult it can become unbearable without sound representation. I definitely recommend Mrs. Tansley and for her future clients I would say trust the process.
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Posted by Kaipo | February 11, 2018
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People's Choice
I don't know where to begin to adequately express my appreciation for Dominiques compassionate and professional service. She is honest, trustworthy and dependable, and very fkexible with her time and billing practices. I couldnt be more pleased with how she's guided and supported me through this transitional phase of my life.
Posted by Skylar | November 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
She's a very good family lawyer , I highly recommended her
Posted by Aimee | October 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and Separation legal aid
Dominique has been a very great source of support during this very difficult time. I have so many issues with my husband (hopefully ex very soon) from personal to financial and she has been very supportive and helpful. I work late at times and her willingness to take my calls in the evening has been very reassuring. I even vent to her at times regarding my frustrations and even if she is unable to really do anything about the situation, she always listened and provided advise when she could. I am glad to have her on my side, and just awaiting the day when I invite her to my divorce party.
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Posted by Kelly | October 8, 2016
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Very satified
Dominique is an excellent lawyer. She helped me thru a difficult divorce and I felt from the beginning that I was in good hands. I felt very comfortable with her throughout the process. She explained how things would proceed. She told me what she would do... and then followed thru. She was very detail oriented I highly recommend hiring her.
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Posted by David | October 5, 2015
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Dominique exceeded all my expectations!
Dominique is attentive and enthusiastic. She's very straightforward and honest. She always provides us prompt and reliable legal advice/counsel. Dominique helped my family through an extremely difficult and lengthy custody battle. She helped me get joint physical custody of my daughters. She broke through all the barriers that were thrown our way. I am without words for everything that she's has done for us. I would and will recommend Dominique to family and friends who need a smart, caring and tenacious person to fight for them.
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Posted by Addison | August 1, 2015
Great Attorney
Dominique Tansley goes above and beyond what any other attorney had done for me. I really think that the empathy she had for me and my situation helped get a fair deal in my custody case. She is patient, listens well and most importantly, she is real. I immediately felt comfortable with her. Ms. Tansley had been my third attorney involved with my custody case. She was able to get me what I wanted which was to spend more time with my children. Words cannot express how truly appreciative I am for all that she has done
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Posted by Joy | March 30, 2015
Truly Committed to You AND Your Family!
Dominique has been doing an amazing job with the family law matter I have been going through! She overcame every hurdle thrown at us; and she always handles herself professionally, no matter what. Dominique is honest, loyal, and truly commits herself to you AND your family. She goes above-and-beyond to ensure you get the best possible outcome. Dominique will fight for you and what is right! I highly recommend Dominique, and I will be forever grateful for everything she has done for me and my family!
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Posted by Valerie | March 27, 2015
Dominique was a great advocate and looked out for my best interests. She's very down-to-earth and paid keen attention to my needs and concerns.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-225 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Ohana Legal
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Case Lombardi & Pettit
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Bendet Fidell
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Hughes & LaFountaine
  • 2008 - 2009
  • In House Counsel
  • The Festival Companies
  • 2005 - 2008
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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of California - San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Speaking Engagements

  • Landlord-Tenant Law: How to Prosper in the New Market
  • Landlord Tenant Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Tansley has a sharp legal mind, insightful as to procedure and points of law, and is tenacious in her efforts. We frequently discuss recent appellate opinions, and Ms. Tansley keeps on top of developing Hawaii family court policy. Ms. Tansley is a very capable litigator, but she also seems to value the benefits of negotiated settlements-- both to the good of her clients, I believe."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely diligent and has a "can do" attitude. She is a good attorney and even better person."
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