We are dedicated to creative problem solving, presenting candid advice and risk assessment, and exhausting every possibility when advising clients.
We achieve this principally through relationship building and transparency.
We endeavor to foster long-term, sustainable alliances with our clients. We are an extension of you. As such, it is our priority to ensure we are always in tune with your needs and objectives. To achieve this, we dedicate time to check in with all of our clients to discuss how we are meeting your needs through our engagement. This aligns our team with yours, ensuring that everyone is on the same page regarding business objectives, strategies, and next steps.
We collaborate with our clients to determine pricing, timing, outcomes, and expectations. By doing so, we hope to achieve cost certainty for our clients. You should always know what you are paying for, and be confident that the value received greatly outweighs the cost expended.
At the end of the day, it’s all about you. Your goals, your needs, your investments. In all that we do, we strive to keep this our first and foremost priority.
Seth counsels clients in the areas of general business matters, real estate transactions, and non-profit organizations.
As a business law nerd, Seth enjoys advising businesses in all corporate matters, including entity choice and formation, governance issues, stock and asset sales, and mergers and acquisitions; assisting clients to develop a comprehensive strategy for intellectual property, including trademark and copyright protection, licensing, and franchising; and drafting and negotiating all types of commercial contracts, such as services, employment, confidentiality, licensing, distribution, non-disclosure and non-competition.
Seth’s previous experience at a boutique real estate firm gives him extensive knowledge in real estate law. This includes assisting realtors, businesses, and investors in purchase and sale transactions, 1031 exchanges, condominiums, commercial leasing, conveyancing, and easement/encroachment issues.
Seth also has extensive experience as an attorney and board member supporting the community through his non-profit services. This includes incorporating organizations under Hawai‘i law; drafting all necessary governance documents, including Bylaws of the Organization and policies required by the IRS; advising and auditing organizations regarding legal compliance with the Hawai‘i Nonprofit Corporations Act and the Internal Revenue Code; obtaining a determination that the organization is exempt from income taxation under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; and forming Native Hawaiian Organizations for the purpose of the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program.
Seth loves the Asia Pacific region, and has traveled there extensively. Seth’s sojourns include legal studies (at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong) and working for law firms in Hawaii, Australia and China. Seth has held business law seminars and lectured throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including here at home as a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. While in China, Seth published several articles on the 2008 Financial Crises and Chinese commercial law and practice.
Seth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, Marketing, and Graphic Design, an M.B.A. from Chaminade University, and a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii. He served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Faris and Honorable Lloyd King for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Hawai‘i before working as an attorney at several prominent law firms in Honolulu.
Seth is licensed to practice law in the State of Hawai‘i.
Seth believes that creativity is crucial in the legal and consulting world. To keep an open mind and quick wit, Seth enjoys photojournalism and writing about culture in the Pacific Rim at sethtbuckley.com.