Wong and Kushi team up as incoming Corp Counsel Team

December 1, 2010, 1:23 PM HST · Updated December 1, 1:23 PM
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By Wendy Osher

Maui Attorney Patrick Wong was tapped today as the incoming Corporation Counsel for the County of Maui.  Maui Mayor-Elect Alan Arakawa made the announcement today along with the appointment of Deputy Corporation Counsel Edward Kushi, Jr., as incoming First Deputy Corporation Counsel.

Patrick Wong. Courtesy photo.

Edward Kushi, Jr. Courtesy Photo.

“I am pleased that Patrick and Ed will be joining our team to lead the county’s legal department,” said Arakawa.  “Their qualifications and experience are extensive and their commitment to our Maui Nui community is deep.  I trust that they will help to proudly lead our county forward,” said Arakawa.

Wong is an attorney in private practice, focusing on workers’ compensation, personal injury and employment related matters.  He obtained both his Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.

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Wong said he was humbled and honored by the cabinet level appointment saying, “I understand that my nomination is subject to confirmation by our County Council and look forward to meeting with them as I would in my role as Corporation Counsel.  I look forward to advocating on behalf of Maui County,” said Wong.

Kushi, meantime, has served as Deputy Corporation Counsel since 1999.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn School of Law.

*** If you like this story, you may also like our post on the appointment of J.D. Kim as Prosecuting Attorney for the incoming Arakawa Administration.

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