John T. Komeiji

2011 Distinguished Alumni Award

BEd in secondary ed. & political science, 1975, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
JD, 1979, University of California Hastings College of the Law

John T. Komeiji currently serves as senior vice president and general counsel of Hawaiian Telcom, and oversees legal, government affairs, support services and external affairs. He has been with the company since 2008.

Previously, he was a senior partner with the law firm of Watanabe Ing & Komeiji. His private practice focused primarily on the litigation of complex commercial, personal injury and professional liability matters. He has represented the National Football League, Viacom, Dole Foods, First Hawaiian Bank and other major national and Hawai‘i businesses.

Komeiji is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Society of Barristers and is a bencher and on the executive committee of the American Inns of Court, Aloha Chapter. He has been designated as a Super Lawyer and featured in the Honolulu Magazine Best Lawyers edition.

Komeiji is a past president of the Hawaii State Bar Association (1994). He has also served on the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Lawyer Competence. Komeiji has served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, United States District Court Conference and the State of Hawai‘i Judiciary Conference. He was appointed as an arbitrator and master mediator by the State of Hawai‘i Judiciary.

Komeiji was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law, where he taught pretrial litigation, and he received the Co-Adjunct Professor of the Year Award in 2002. Komeiji has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, including the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii and the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. Komeiji was a founding board member of the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs.