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Steven J. Kim

Child custody Attorney at Honolulu, HI

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 10 years
    Hawaii - HI 35 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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

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We strive to offer large firm quality at small firm rates.  Each of the attorneys at the Law Office of Steven J. Kim has practiced and excelled in large firm environments, and we have corresponding experience to handle matters of every level of complexity.  We make every effort to ensure that your case progresses expeditously and efficiently.


We know how important your case is, and we work hard to be sure you understand your legal rights and entitlements.  We know that our work is directly tied to the welfare or your children, your family, and your future finances.  We work hard for you today, so you can focus on your future.  


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Law Office of Steven J. Kim
1188 Bishop Street
Suite 2710
Honolulu, HI, 96813-3301
Law Office of Steven J. Kim
25350 Magic Mountain Parkway
Suite 300
Valencia, CA, 91355
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Steve is unbelievably awesome. He saved my sanity. Prepared my docs so fast and got my divorce filed and finalized within 2 months and I have kids! Amazing!!!
Posted by Hector | March 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
This my saved my life
To sum up my personal experience with Steve: I was wrongfully accused of abusing my daughter by my ex and thanks to these committed individuals, I was not only exonerated of these false allegations but Steven went above and beyond to clear my name by finding crucial facts and fighting hard for me in and outside of court. I would recommend this office to any father (or mother) struggling in Family court and fighting for the TRUTH. Make no mistake, this office provides exceptional work and does not settle for anything less than average, every penny spent is worth their quality work. Steve is a passionate and caring individual. He is very investigative in his work, never confronting an obstacle without being very prepared and well knowledgeable on the matter through his exceptional research skills. Mr. Kim responds well to all e-mails, providing a very insightful perspective and takes a commanding charge for necessary next steps. I now consider him not just my attorney who I know I can always count on for any legal matter, but most of all a friend I can depend on to protect my family. Believe me when I said, I can trust my life that Steven will look out for the best interest of my life and my daughter. Thank you for everything.
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Posted by Maria | October 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!
Our family lives in the Mainland, and we were in a desperate need for legal support in Hawaii when I approached Steve. It was a complicated family court case, heartbreaking for us as it involves a child. Steve was very accommodating and he and his team expertly represented us throughout the long court process. Very professional and strategic in his delivery, yet attentive and cared deeply for what our family was going through. Happy to report that the results were very positive, better than we can hope for. Our home is now filled with laughter, and we owe it to Steve!
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I called Steve to help me file for a divorce. It was a rush and he was able to meet me that day and help me get everything prepared right away. He is so helpful, knowledgeable, and kind. I've met with couple of other attorneys and when I spoke to Steve, I knew he was the guy that would do what is in my best interest. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Casey | March 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Three years of nothing but the best
Mr. Kim and his team showed nothing but the upmost professionalism and knowledge during our three-year-old y mr. Kim and his team showed nothing but the upmost professionalism and knowledge during our three year ordeal. He kept us informed and acted on our behalf with only our interests in mind. I could not more highly recommend Mr. Kim and his team services .
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Posted by Josh | May 20, 2013
My Experience with Steve Kim
I could not recommend Mr. Kim more highly. He is extremely intelligent, knowledgeable, and fair. Steve represented me when my ex-wife sought to remove me from the decision-making process regarding my child's academic and religious education. Steve has given me practical, specific advice during my court struggles, and he has advocated for me passionately and thoroughly in the courtroom. I will continue to work with Mr. Kim to resolve any future, relevant issues.
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Posted by Darren Fox | May 15, 2013
Best Attorney ever!
Steven is one of the best Attorneys I have had the opportunity of working with. He is exceptionally brilliant in his depth of Knowledge of the Law and has amazing attention to detail. He has a strong passion for his work , his clients and his positive approach is most comforting. I have worked with various attorneys in the past and Steve is the "best" by far. I would definitely reccommend Steve to anyone who needs legal services and I know he always finds a way to win!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 225-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Steven J. Kim
  • 2008 - Present
  • Per Diem Judge, District and Family Courts
  • Hawaii State Judiciary
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Lynch Ichida Thompson Kim & Hirota
  • 1995 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Case & Lynch
  • 1988 - 1995
  • Extern
  • Supreme Court Of Hawaii; Hon. Frank D. Padgett
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Extern
  • First Circuit Court of Hawaii: Ronald T. Y. Moon
  • 1987 - 1987
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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Bachelor of Arts, With Honors
  • 1985

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hollaway v. Hollaway
  • Prevailed in Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
  • Manderville v. Black
  • Prevailed in Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals
  • Jaylo v. Jaylo
  • Prevailed in Hawaii Supreme Court
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  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Child Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2018

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Certificate, Hastings College of Trial Advocacy
  • UC Hastings College of Law
  • 1993
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts
  • University of Hawaii Law School
  • 1986


  • University of Hawaii Law Review
  • State v. Smith: Hawaii Standard for Ineffectiveness of Counsel
  • 1987
  • University of Hawai`i Law Review
  • Editor
  • 1987
  • University of Hawai`i Law Review
  • Associate Editor
  • 1986

Speaking Engagements

  • Guardianship and Conservatorship in Hawaii
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • 2012
  • Motions for Summary Judgment
  • Civil Procedure
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (6)
Endorse Steven
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kim is well versed in the area of Family Law and understands what his clients are facing. You will be well advised to seek his advise and counsel."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve represented his client with passion and zeal. He is tenacious, thorough, and caring. I endorse Steven Kim for family law matters."
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Honolulu Child custody Lawyer Steven J. Kim
Steven J. Kim
Child custody Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 35 years