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Mr. Kenneth R. Kupchak

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President

Phone: (808) ***-****  HQ Phone
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert
1003 Bishop Street 1600 Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
United States

Company Description: Damon Key was the first law firm in Hawaii to recognize the potential of the internet by establishing a major web presence in 1995, in the "early" days of the...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • J.D. , international affairs
  • B.S.
    Pennsylvania State University
  • J.D.
    Cornell University
  • A.B. Chemistry
    Cornell University
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Damon Key | News | Hawaii Lawyer
www.hawaiilawyer.com, 21 Aug 2013 [cached]
Ken Kupchak and Mark Murakami were quoted in the Pacific Business News story "Land acquisition for rail could face legal action down the track" (Mar. 15, 2013).
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"Kenneth Kupchak, president of the Honolulu-based law firm Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, said that with so many properties yet to be acquired, he expects to see an increase in the number of eminent domain cases along rail's route, especially when HART gets closer to starting construction in Downtown Honolulu and Kakaako. 'There are a number of people along the rail line who are seeking counsel and appraisers' assistance,' he said. 'I'm anticipating there will be litigation.' He said some property owners along the route between Kapolei and Ala Moana Center already have contacted his law firm, but he declined to name them.
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Kenneth Kupchak, the attorney representing Huapala Senior Care, said the lawsuit was filed because the City, after giving assurances for a number of months that the project could proceed, moved to stop the buildout about six months ago. "In August of last year," Kupchak said, "my client was told by the City that his project was conditionally approved, so long as there would be construction of a relief sewer line in the area by Huapala Senior Care."
Soon after, Kupchak said, the City Permitting Office also issued a demolition permit for some older structures on the property and, in December, 2011, issued a permit allowing Huapala to construct four building foundations for the new senior living facilities. The four foundations were then built out at a cost in excess of $300,000.
However, in March of this year, seven months after giving its conditional approval, the City Permitting Office, in correspondence with the Huapala group, said that there were concerns with the project's sewer flow and thus the development would need to be revised. According to Kupchak, Huapala management believed that it was entitled to a direct sewer connection based upon its plans, but "if the City had legal grounds to deny that, my client knew it could rely on an approved diversion as a worst case and that is why they proceeded to purchase the property."
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Attorneys specializing in rail-related issues include Kenneth R. Kupchak, Gregory W. Kugle, Anna H. Oshiro (construction and procurement), Robert H. Thomas, Mark M. Murakami, Tred R. Eyerly (insurance), Christi-Anne H. Kudo Chock and Matthew T. Evans.
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Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert attorneys Kenneth R. Kupchak, director; Anna H. Oshiro, director; and Tred Eyerly, associate; co-authored the construction and bond chapters in the second volume of the Hawaii Real Estate Law Manual.
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Kupchak presented on the land use chapter and, with Oshiro, on the construction and bond chapters at the Hawaii State Bar Association's conference September 18.
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Kupchak is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers, and has served on the governing committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry. He was recognized in Best Lawyers in Hawaii in construction, mergers and acquisitions and commercial litigation.
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Damon Key attorneys Ken Kupchak, Robert Thomas, and Christi-Anne Kudo Chock represented the Lanai voter who prevailed in the appeal.
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Kenneth R. Kupchak and Anna Oshiro, firm directors, presented to the Hawaii State Bar Association's Sept. 18 convention on construction and bond chapters of the Hawaii Real Estate Manual.
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Kupchak also presented on the land use chapter. Kupchak, Oshiro and firm associate Tred Eyerly co-authored the construction bond chapter of the Manual.
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Kenneth Kupchak, Diane Hastert, James McWhinnie and Douglas Smith have been named Best Lawyers of 2009 by the vote of their peers.
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Ken Kupchak, Diane Hastert and Jim McWhinnie have practices involving complex litigation.
Land Use Law - Hawaii
www.theseminargroup.net, 8 Mar 2005 [cached]
Kenneth R. Kupchak is a Director with Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert LC where for more than 25 years his practice has centered on all aspects of construction law.
Kenneth R. Kupchak, Director | Hawaii Lawyer
www.hawaiilawyer.com, 16 May 2006 [cached]
Kenneth R. Kupchak, Director
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Kenneth R. Kupchak
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Kenneth R. Kupchak, Director
Ken is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers, and has served on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry. He has degrees in chemistry from Cornell and meteorology from Penn State. In 1996, Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences named him a Centennial Fellow. He was a meteorologist for 4 years, serving as General Staff Weather Briefing Officer in Saigon, Vietnam (7th Air Force), and Chief Forecaster at Suffolk County Air Force Base on Eastern Long Island. In 1968 he served on the University of Hawaii's meteorology research staff prior to returning to Cornell where he obtained his law degree with a specialization in international affairs in 1971. While in law school he clerked for the Wall Street firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and the Los Angeles firm of McCutcheon Black Verleger & Shea. He also assisted for Professor Rudolph B. Schlessinger on the third edition of his comparative law text for Foundation Press and for Professor Harrop A. Freeman regarding special studies with respect to Micronesia.
After serving on the Cornell Law Review, Ken received his J.D. with specialization in international law. For more than 30 years, his practice has centered on all aspects of construction law, from international joint ventures to complex multi-party litigation, to the acquisition of three of the Pacific Basin's leading contractors. Ken represents numerous developers, architects, contractors and subcontractors and served on Boards of three large construction companies.
In representing planned community developers, Ken has won significant state supreme court decisions invalidating initiative as a land use tool and clarifying due process rights with respect to aesthetic and environmental interests with colleagues Robert Thomas and Greg Kugle; Damon Key has developed Hawaii's most recognized land owner land use rights practice as evidenced in their recent University of Hawaii Law Review Article: "Arrow of Time: Vested Rights, Zoning Estoppel, and Development Agreements in Hawaii.
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Ken and Damon Key colleagues Michael A. Yoshida and Anna H. Oshiro, co-authored the Hawaii chapter in the Aspen Construction Series' two volume Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law book, now in its Second Edition.
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For decades Mr. Kupchak has been a member of the American Arbitration Association's panel of arbitrators and has served on its international arbitration training faculty. In addition to the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association's Forum on the Construction Industry, Mr. Kupchak has served as the Chair of its membership and marketing committees and its Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Division. He also co-chaired its 2001 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. He has also been a forum plenary session and a workshop speaker. He has led workshops regarding international arbitration at several annual meetings of the Meritas, the world's largest affiliation of business and commercial law firms.
With a practice that centers in complex litigation, international joint ventures, land use and construction, Mr. Kupchak has been an advocate, mediator and arbitrator as well as a negotiator of complex dispute resolution clauses critical to the formation of international joint ventures, including a billion dollar project. In addition, Ken has been a faculty member at numerous National Business Institute, Lorman Education Services, and Law Centers International land use and construction seminars.
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Mr. Kupchak practices in these areas: business and commercial, construction law, dispute resolution, real estate and land owner's rights.
Mediator's Report
www.waimeavalley.org, 26 Oct 2006 [cached]
Ken Kupchak, Counsel, Hawaii Audubon Society
Panel of Neutrals
www.dpr4adr.com, 5 Dec 2006 [cached]
Kenneth Kupchak, Esq.Damon, Key, Bocken, Leong & Kupchak
Mr. Kupchak is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B. Chemistry 1964), Pennsylvania State University (B.S. Meteorology 1965) and Cornell University (J.D. 1971).
For more than 20 years, Mr. Kupchak's practice has centered on all aspects of construction law, from international joint ventures to complex multi-party litigation, and the acquisition of three of the Pacific Basin's leading contractors.In 1994, he was appointed to the Steering Committee for the Dispute and Avoidance Resolution Division of the American Bar Association's Construction Industry Forum.Mr. Kupchak has been a member of the AAA's panel of arbitrators since the early 1980's and a member of the Judiciary's panel of arbitrators since the inception of their mandatory arbitration program.He has also been a faculty member for the AAA's International Arbitration Training Seminars and has chaired the arbitration breakout session at the 1995 and 1996 annual meetings of Commercial Law Affiliates, a worldwide organization of independent business and litigation law firms.In 1992, he and DKBLK colleague, Michael Yoshida, co-authored the Hawaii chapter in the Wiley Construction Series' two volume Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law book.
Presently Mr. Kupchak is the coordinator for the Hawaii chapter in three ABA fifty state construction publications dealing with design/build, public and private construction law.Following receipt of both chemistry and meteorology degrees, Ken served as the general staff weather briefing officer in Saigon. (As chair of the Hawaii Commission on Memorials for Veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars and as a director of the Air Force Association's Hawaii Chapter, Ken has continued his interest in the armed forces and veterans.) After serving on the Cornell Law Review and clerking with major law firms on Wall Street and in Los Angeles, he received his J.D. with specializations in international affairs.Mr. Kupchak serves on the Boards of Fletcher General Inc., Washington, Dinwiddie Construction Company, California, and Fletcher Construction Company USA, Delaware.
Mr. Kupchak represents numerous developers, architects, contractors and subcontractors.He has also been a adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law in International Business transactions with special focus on the use of arbitration.He previously also served as chief minority counsel in the Hawaii House of Representatives and as the legislature coordinator for the Hawaii State Association of Counties.In representing planned community developers, Mr. Kupchak has won significant state supreme court decisions invalidating initiative as a land use tool and clarifying due process rights with respect to aesthetic and environmental interests.For 10 years he was a member of the Statewide Advisory Committee for the Coastal Zone Management Program and chaired its agenda committee.
Mr. Kupchak is a member of the American Bar Association, Steering Committee, Dispute and Avoidance Resolution Division, Construction Industry Forum; Hawaii State Bar Association; American Arbitration Association (Panel of Arbiters and training faculty); and International Bar Association.
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