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Adrienne S. King

Divorce and separation Attorney at Honolulu, HI

5.0   12 reviews
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  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 50 years
    Hawaii - HI 51 years
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1973
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 51 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1972
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Adrienne

Learn Adrienne’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Getting on With Life is More Important Than Revenge.

    38 years

  2. Family
    Now handling only select divorce and paternity cases involving contested child custody & visitation, property division & TROs.

    38 years

  3. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense Talent and Deep Experience Could Save You Years Behind Bars.

    38 years

  4. Personal injury
    Handled hundreds of claims against the City and represented numerous people in personal injury cases.

    38 years

Adrienne Sepaniak King was born the oldest of four, in Detroit Michigan.  Her father was an aeronautical engineer and a Professor at the University of Detroit School of Engineering.  Her mother was a businesswoman and homemaker.  Adrienne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the U of D in 1969 with a major in biology and minor in chemistry.  Her mother, whose late brother had been a lawyer in Detroit, suggested she go to law school. There were very few women in law schools at the time, but the tide was slowly turning. 

Adrienne was one of only two women who were accepted in the first year class in the fall of 1969. Adrienne found she loved the ideas and problem solving skills inherent in the study of law. She was selected to serve on the law review as Articles Editor, the first woman to do so. She published in the school’s Journal of Urban Law November 1971 issue, an article entitled “Busing,  a Permissible Tool of School Desegregation. She was the first and only woman in her law school to be part of a Law Enforcement Assistance Administration grant to intern for the Wayne County Detroit Prosecutor’s office. She interned there for over a year, notably working under Patricia Boyle who later became a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.  Her dual science and law background resulted in her being solicited to volunteer intern for Life of the Land, the environmental action group formed in Hawaii soon after President Nixon’s creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Adrienne, taking after her adventurous grandparents, all four of whom left their native Poland for the U. S. before WWI, landed in Hawaii in May 1972, two weeks after graduation, not knowing a soul. Taking two bar exams that summer, the first in Hawaii, the second a month later in Michigan, she commenced working (for under $12,000/year), for the Honolulu Prosecutor’s office. She was the third woman hired. Those were exciting times to be working in the Honolulu Prosecutor’s office Adrienne recalls.  Hawaii was a happening place, which had achieved statehood only 13 years before. It was like being in a foreign country that wasn’t, with ideas and people of such variety and promise and energy in sharp contrast to the stagnation of Detroit. Criminally, the  “underworld” in Hawaii was in its heyday, with shootings and killings making front page news every other day, which made coming to work more fun than work. Starting out in traffic court, she was soon trying hundreds of misdemeanor cases, working up to trying over 3 dozen felony jury trials to verdict, with an over 75% conviction rate. She was the first woman in Hawaii to try a murder case. She obtained a conviction as charged. She was the first woman made “team captain” for Circuit Court felony cases with oversight responsibility for dozens of cases of those deputies assigned to work on her team.

           She left the Prosecutor’s office in 1976 to work for the City Corporation Counsel’s office. There, she handled more cases than she could count, and took over 2 dozen cases to trial obtaining verdicts in the City’s favor in almost 90% of those cases. She was the first woman to be named Assistant Chief of the Trials Division, when she left in 1985 to go into private practice with her husband, Samuel P. King, Jr.  Except for a brief return to the city as the first, and to this day, the only woman Chief of the Trials Division from 1990-1993, Adrienne and Sam have practiced together as King & King focusing on family law, limited personal injury and criminal defense cases.  She has successfully defended people charged with murder, rape, conspiracy, and theft in state and federal court. 


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1975 Star Bulletin photo announcing my candidacy for Honolulu Prosecutor.


King & King, Attorneys-at-Law
735 Bishop St Suite 304
Dillingham Transportation Bldg.
Honolulu, HI, 96813-4817


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Posted by Max | January 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Would highly recommend King & King. Adrienne King went above and beyond. She was truly a blessing, she listened to my case, responded quickly, and got the job done.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2019
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The Kings
Adrienne and Sam are a blessing. They are honest and passionate about their work. They both take a tremendous amount of pride and integrity. It shows through everything that they do and the type of people that they are. From prepping for the trial and through the trial process, they are with you every step of the way. Their experience and professionalism is outstanding. They will fight for you and your family with all of their hearts!!! We owe so much to the Kings...
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Response from Adrienne King February 18, 2020
Thank you for this heartfelt review. We take pride in our professionalism and it nice to know it is appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2019
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King & King - Best Lawyers in Hawaii!
Adrienne’s professionalism, attention to detail and knowledge is incredible. She made my divorce process seamless. Nothing got by her. I felt supported the whole time, and was able to relax because I knew she was on top of things! I highly recommend her!
Response from Adrienne King February 18, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write this on my behalf. I was happy to be of service to you.
Posted by Kathy | September 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Adrienne is AMAZING!
I have been blessed for the past 25 years to have known such a wonderful human being. Adrienne is sensitive, insightful, and compassionate about what she does for a living. Adrienne was my divorce attorney and guided me through a difficult time. She was professional in taking care of all the divorce court details in addition to being my friend. Adrienne was also my representation in a lawsuit filed against my business. She won our case in court and proved that my client unreasonably breached his contract and his accusations against me were ill founded. In addition, Adrienne was successful in counter suing for damages. I can't say enough about Adrienne, (King and King Attorneys at Law).
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2015
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Two months ago, I received a letter from the CSEA saying I owed in excess of $30K dollars in back alimony from almost 10 years ago. The alimony in fact ceased via court order in 2006, this was a major snafu at the agency. I was shocked and scared to death. I contacted some other Honolulu law firms, and they all wanted large retainers and were jumping to quick assumptions and wanting to start litigating immediately without knowing the facts. Adrienne was the last attorney I contacted and she immediately suspected this was an Agency snafu, I trusted my gut feeling that she was the one to work my case and asked her to represent me. She did not ask for a retainer up front, instead, she said not to worry about the money; instead she wished to evaluate & determine the exact problem, estimate the potential fees and work it from there. After a couple of weeks the problem was identified and has been corrected. Adrienne was thorough, aggressive, fair, honest. Lastly, I live on the mainland and this case was worked totally over the phone with blind trust that I hired the right person. I would recommend her (KingandKing) to anyone that is looking for honest, solid representation and wishes to avoid being gouged and taken advantage of by unscrupulous lawyers. I wish they had represented me during my divorce years back.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2015
Adrienne King is the Best!
She is a no nonsense professional, with years of experience that qualifies her as a skilled Family Law attorney. She is seasoned, sensitive, and most of all she cares about people. She represented me in a divorce case that was resolved in a timely manner with above satisfactory results. An added bonus is the strong legal partnership between Sam and Adrienne. I have total confidence in their ability to serve their clients with the best legal counsel.
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Posted by Debbie | February 2, 2015
Adrienne and Sam King at King and King are excellent attorneys. I had them help me with my very difficult custody and jurisdiction case between Hawaii and San Diego. They are very fair with pricing and they get the job done. Both Sam and Adrienne are quality people as well and they care about their clients. Every bit of advise they gave me was square on because they are extremely experienced in their field. I would highly recommend them to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2014
Solid representation
After speaking with multiple attorneys, Adrian was the most genuine whom helped with my case and she fought hard. We need more attorneys like her who NOT only thinks of the money but believes and is passionate in helping people. Love her and totally recommend her if you want justification. Bless her soul!
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2014
Excellence and much much more!!!!
Adrienne is a passionate, energetic and genuine woman who happens to be a very knowledgeable, trustworthy and refreshing lawyer. I have never felt satisfied with leaving the courts until Adrienne helped me with my case. She was persistent in making sure my paperwork was in order, and every beneficial outcome for my family was explored. She enabled me by teaching me about the family court system. The actual "work" of writing, submitting and filing was NOT a burden or chore because I gained understanding about my case and what was possible. With the Kings, I feel more content with my case because my opinions were allowed from start to finish. I knew what was happening every step of the way and was able to ask questions whenever it arose. I received more than my money's worth. I will always be thankful for Adrienne and her relentless help. God Bless You.
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Posted by Rowdy | September 9, 2014
Excelent Person, Incredible Attorney
Adrienne S. King is a charismatic vibrant woman and a wealth of legal knowledge. In the darkest of times she was able to push back the clouds with her genuine passion and zeal for my case, she is fair and refreshingly blunt. Her and her husband (King and King) took on my case difficult as it was, and were honest about the potential outcome, they gave great advice helping me to understand what was important. Adrienne fought hard to relay my thoughts and feelings to the court, something other attorneys in my past have failed to do. The outcome was just short of a miracle, I could never thank her enough.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2014
Best attorney in Hawaii
Before I hire Mrs. King, I thought that I had lost everything, my daughter, my house, my savings and that I would end up with a really bad deal. After she took over a very advanced case, she turned the table around and she never stop fighting for me. She always spoke with the truth and was assertive, aggressive and trustworthy. If it wasn't for Mrs. King I don't know where we would be, she always goes the extra mile that makes a difference. After the divorce case was over, she kept looking after what was right and has always been available, caring, loyal. If you need te best lawyer in hawaii don't hesitate to hire Mrs. King, she is absolutely the best of the best.
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Posted by Gena | September 24, 2013
Adrienne King, is an excellent attorney and knows the law, is aggressive, well respected and an HONEST attorney! She will represent you with the utmost professional and knowledgeable way possible! She will not over charge you, and if fact she will and does go the extra mile for you to achieve the best possible outcome. Adrienne, a very decent lawyer, that will fight for your rights and not your money! If you need legal advice or representation, please go see her!
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • King & King
  • 1985 - Present
  • Chief, Trials Division
  • Corporation Counsel, City and County of Honolulu
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Asst Chief Trials Division
  • Corporation Counsel City and County of Honolulu
  • 1976 - 1985
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Dept. Prosecuting Attorney, City & County of Honolulu
  • 1972 - 1975
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  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1972
  • University of Detroit
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1969

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Marsland, Marsland v. Norris, Fed. Civ. No. 88-219-2430
  • Dismissed, with prejudice
  • Burns v. City and County of Honolulu, Federal District Ct. Civ. No. 79-0274
  • Defense Verdict; Affirmed 9th Circuit
  • State v Tyrell
  • conviction as charged
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  • Family Law State Legislative Task Force
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • ELKS Lodge 616
  • Subordinate Forum Justice
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Hawaii Commission on the Status of Women
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Past Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Honolulu Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Chair
  • 1989 - 1992
  • Assn. of Plaintiffs Lawyers of Hawaii, (APLH)
  • Board of Directors
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (HACDL)
  • President
  • 1987 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys for Hawaii
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Nation's Top 1%
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Presidential Citation
  • Waikiki Rotary
  • 2014
  • Business Woman of the Year Finalist For-Profit
  • Pacific Business News
  • 2012
  • Executive of the Year Family Law
  • Cambridge Who's Who
  • 2008
  • Community Service Award
  • Family Law Section Hawaii State Bar Assn.
  • 2000
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  • Journal of Urban Law
  • Bussing--A Permissible Tool of School Desegregation
  • 1971

Speaking Engagements

  • Rotary Club
  • Family Law Practice
  • 2013
  • Program Chair/Organizer
  • Cutting-Edge Legal Trends in Custody and Divorce
  • 2008

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 09
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Honolulu Divorce and separation Lawyer Adrienne S. King
Adrienne S. King
Divorce and separation Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 51 years
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