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Maile Marie Hirota

Immigration Attorney at Honolulu, HI

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Hawaii - HI 29 years
    Ohio - OH 27 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1996
    Inactive No misconduct found

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Practice area

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 sought to influence policy that affects the immigrant community. Stella Shimamoto has served as the AILA, Hawaii Chapter Secretary for two years and currently is serving a second term as the AILA Hawaii Chapter Treasurer.


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 2017. 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 director 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 vegetable garden at home and enjoys yoga and spending time with her family, including her husband, 2 daughters and two siamese cats, Fred & Ted.  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.

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Hirota & Associates, LLLC
735 Bishop Street
Suite 402
Honolulu, HI, 96813

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Posted by Katie | May 23, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Japanese speaking lower I found!!
We was waiting for my son’s renewal green card new card for 2 years. I did not know how it will solve the problem. But when I ask her help, she solve the problem in 2days. It was amazing. And she can speak Japanese is big plus!! I recommend her to all. Thank you so much for your help.
Posted by Ryan | September 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Immigration / Citizenship
When we got to Hawaii we are unsure how to proceed with immigration for our two adopted boys. Maile and Stella helped us out so much, they literally did everything for us possible. It was a nerve racking time in our life, fast forward two-years and everything is complete and our boys are now US Citizens. For two-years they cared for our family like we were there own family. No question about it, we went to the right people.
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Posted by Jessica | December 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I reached out to Hirota and Associates in December 2015 after receiving a denial for my Green Card application (through marriage). My husband and I had filled out the initial paper work ourselves and had attended the interviews before being denied. I was distraught and terrified when I thought my family would be broken apart but Maile and the team immediately took on my case, working so hard to make sure that would not happen. This team of incredible women didn’t just help me resolve my case; they did it in under a year, for an excellent price and also with care, attention and compassion for myself and my family. Maile is honest, transparent and in constant contact at vital times. Because of Hirota and Associates my family are still together. Mahalo so much for your support Maile and Co.
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)


  • Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies
  • 1995
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990
  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

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


  • Hawaii Women Lawyers
  • Member
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  • Japan America Society of Hawaii
  • Lifetime Member
  • N/A
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Hawaii Chapter Chair
  • 2012 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • Japanese
  • Tagalog

Honors and Awards

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  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
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  • 2012
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  • 2011
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  • 2010
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  • 2009
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  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2008
  • Forty Under 40
  • Pacific Business News
  • 2008
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Honolulu Immigration Lawyer Maile Marie Hirota
Maile Marie Hirota
Immigration Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 29 years