Kale Feldman



Honolulu, HI



Mr. Feldman is a partner in the firm of Chee Markham & Feldman who concentrates in the area of construction law and business litigation and provides extensive mediation and arbitration services to Hawaii's legal and business community. In the past 34 years, Mr. Feldman in one form or another as a litigator, arbitrator or mediator, has been involved in over 1000 construction and commercial disputes. His mediation and arbitration practice focuses in the areas of construction, real estate, commercial disputes, trust and estate litigation, and claims involving AOAO's and boards of directors.

For the years 2013 through 2018, he was listed in Best Lawyers in America and listed by Honolulu Magazine as one of Hawai'i's Best Lawyers in four areas - Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation-Construction, and Construction Law. In 2015, he was selected as Lawyer of the Year in Litigation-Construction and in 2018, he was selected Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration. For 2019, he has been selected Lawyer of the Year for 2019 in two areas - Mediation and Litigation-Construction. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators with the American Arbitration Association (including the AAA's select panel for large, complex construction disputes) and on the panel of Distinguished Neutrals for Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., and is on the Board of Directors for Mediation Center of the Pacific.

Mr. Feldman has lectured extensively as a master mediator for the Mediation Center of the Pacific, Hawaii State Bar Association Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution, and is often selected by Circuit Court Judges to serve as a private mediator for civil and family disputes. Mr. Feldman has also lectured before construction industry groups on all subjects involving construction law and has been a guest lecture at the University of Hawaii's School of Engineering and School of Architecture on the subject of construction contracts and AIA contract documents. He has co-authored of more than 35 seminar manuals including Hawaii Construction Law: What Do you Do When...? (National Business Institute 1993, 94, 97, 98) and Construction Liens in Hawaii (Lorman Education Services 1994), Advanced Construction Law in Hawaii (National Business Institute 1995, 99) and Enforcing Construction Liens and Bond Claims (Lorman Education Services 1994, 95, 96), and Construction Claims in Hawaii (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006).

For the last twenty-five years, he has been a contributing author for the Hawaii chapter for three national publications -- State-By-State Guide to Design and Construction Contracts and Claims (Aspen Publishers 2006-2018); State Public Construction Law Source Book (CC Incorporated Chicago 2002) and Fifty State Public Construction Contracting (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1996).

Mr. Feldman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Hawaii in 1981, and graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1984, where he was an Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. Prior to joining Chee Markham & Feldman in 2010, he was a partner at Kobayashi, Watanabe, Sugita, Kawashima & Goda; Kobayashi, Sugita & Goda; and Wong, Feldman & Kim.

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Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1983


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • 00/1983