Gerald Sumida is a Partner in Carlsmith Ball LLP’s Honolulu office and a member of the firm’s Business, Corporate & Finance practice group. He was admitted to practice by the Hawaii State Bar Association,Inter-Pacific Bar Association – Secretary General (2009-2011)Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative – Chair, Chair Emeritus (2011-2013),Foundation for the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies – Founder (with others), Director, President (2004 – present)University of Hawaii Foundation (2004-2009)American National Red Cross – Board of Governors (1994-2000), Board of Governors, Hawaii State Chapter (1983 – present)Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii – Director, Chair of the Board (1997-1998)Hawaii Pacific Export Council – Director (2003 – present)Pacific and Asian Affairs Council – Governor, President, Chairman (various since 1982). He concentrates on Administrative & Regulatory; Administrative Agency and Legislative; Antitrust & Trade Regulation; Business Formation & Operations; Energy; Mergers & Acquisitions; Public Utilities and Securities. Mr. Sumida received his B.A, summa cum laude from Princeton University and J.D. from Yale Law School and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Sumida rejoined Carlsmith Ball LLP after serving from October 1999 to December 2002 as the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank, a multilateral development bank established in 1966 to promote the economic and social development of the Asian and Pacific Region (ADB). ADB, based in Manila, Philippines, currently has 67 member countries, and provides development assistance to over 40 countries in this region. He led a group of 28 international lawyers, drawn from 25 countries, who handle ADB’s international legal, financing, lending, borrowing, investments and development work, and ADB’s institutional matters, and undertake their own law and policy reform projects in various countries, and he advised ADB’s senior management and board of directors.
Mr. Sumida has many distinctions : Best Lawyers in America – Energy Law. Also listed for Business Organizations, Corporate Governance Law and Securities/Capital Markets Law; Chambers USA: American Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Commercial Law;Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in the World; Who’s who in American Law; General Counsel, Asian Development Bank, Manila;Recipient (with others), Chief Justice Hilario J. Davide, Jr., Judicial Reform Award, Philippine Supreme Court; Sponsored Visitor, Government of Hong Kong SAR;Participant, U.S. Secretary of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conference;Recipient, Chairman’s Cup, American Red Cross – Hawaii State Chapter;Paul S. Bachman Award, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council of Hawaii; Research Associate, Center of International Studies, Princeton University.
Mr. Sumida is the author of many publications: “The Role of the Judiciary: Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Bribery – Conditions for Effective Reform”, Asian Development Bank/Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, in Taking Action Against Corruption in Asia and the Pacific (Asian Development Bank, 2002), pp. 127-139.”Antitrust Law in the Health Care Field” in National Business Institute, Inc., Hawaii Health Care Law Update (Eau Claire, Wis., 1989) “Legal, Institutional and Financial Aspects of an Inter-Island Electrical Transmission Cable,” Geothermics, Vol. l5, No. 4 (1986), pp. 527-537 (with Alan L. Hills) Alternative Approaches to the Legal, Institutional and Financial Aspects of Developing an Inter-Island Electrical Transmission Cable System (Honolulu: Department of Planning and Economic Development, State of Hawaii, April 1986) [Principal Author] Preliminary Analysis: Legal, Institutional and Financial Aspects of an Inter-Island Electrical Transmission Cable (Honolulu: Department of Planning and Economic Development, State of Hawaii, April 1984) [Principal Author] “Transnational Movements and Economic Structures,” in C.E. Black and R.A. Falk, eds., The Future of the International Legal Order, Vol. IV: The Structure of the International Environment (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972), pp. 524-568 “The Right of Revolution: Implications for International Law and World Order,” C.A. Barker, ed., Law and Power: American Dilemma in World Affairs (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1971), pp. 130-167.
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