November 1, 2018
HONOLULU, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – Honolulu attorneys Elijah Yip and Dean Wang announce the opening of a new law firm focused on serving small and mid-sized businesses in Hawaii. The firm practices general business law and commercial litigation, and the niche areas of information technology and privacy law, healthcare law, energy and public utilities law, and environmental and natural resources law. “Complying with regulatory requirements can be overwhelming for businesses,” Yip said, “especially in fields like digital technology and healthcare, where the law changes rapidly. In a world where data breaches and regulation of privacy rights are becoming more common, we want businesses to know there’s a law firm in their corner.”
Luminate Law expands access to legal services by offering alternative pricing options in addition to the traditional hourly billing model. “Small businesses tend not to seek legal advice until a problem arises because hiring an attorney can be very expensive,” said Yip, who has been a commercial litigator for over sixteen years. “Many of the disputes I’ve litigated could have been avoided or more easily resolved if my clients had received legal guidance upfront.” The firm offers subscription plans, flat fee arrangements, and hourly billing depending on the project. “Our fee options enable us to make our services more affordable with better alignment between our prices and the value our clients receive,” Wang said. “For less than $10 a day, a business or non-profit could get basic legal questions answered as they come up.”
Luminate Law also actively engages justice issues on a community level. “We see justice as more than just advancing individual rights through the legal system,” said Wang. “It’s also about restoring people to community. When people are powerless to use their God-given abilities to improve society, we all suffer, and that’s a form of injustice, too.” The firm donates funding and services and collaborates with other justice-minded social enterprises such as a Bluewater Mission ministry that helps survivors of human trafficking reintegrate into the community.
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Elijah Yip has been in private practice for over sixteen years and is a former law clerk to the late Judge Samuel P. King of the federal district court in Hawaii. He practices commercial litigation, technology law, healthcare law, and environmental law. Before starting Luminate Law, Elijah was a partner at Cades Schutte LLP, where he was the chair and founder of its Digital Media, Internet and Information Technology Law practice group and chair of its Health Care practice group. As a commercial litigator and business advisor, he has handled complicated cases and issues for clients ranging from sole proprietors to publicly traded companies and some of the largest businesses in Hawaii. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2017, Super Lawyers since 2013, and Benchmark Litigation since 2015. Pacific Business News selected Elijah as a member of the 2012 class of “Forty Under 40.” Elijah serves on the board of several non-profit organizations and government corporations. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law and the Communication and Journalism departments at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Dean H. Wang worked at some of the world’s largest law firms on the east coast and a boutique law firm in Hawaii before starting Luminate Law. He practices business and corporate law, healthcare law, technology law, and energy and public utilities law. Dean has advised publicly traded corporations, organizations and hospitals in the healthcare industry, public utility companies, telecommunication companies, hedge funds, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, technology start-ups, and closely held companies. He earned his Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Hawaii, New York, and New Jersey.
Michelle O. Yip is a commercial litigator and business lawyer. Before entering private practice, she clerked for the Honorable Alan C. Kay of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i and the Honorable Richard R. Clifton of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has taught Business Law and Legal Environment courses as an adjunct professor at Wayland Baptist University.
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Elijah Yip spoke about social media law for employers at the September luncheon of the Hawaii chapters of the Institute of Internal Auditors Association and ISACA. Mr. Yip shared about federal regulation of discipline and termination of employees for social media conduct. The presentation also shared tips for using social media for recruiting.
The firm secured a $1.1 million judgment for a leading environmental remediation services company in Hawaii, against a national environmental contractor. The victory capped nearly two years of litigation that culminated in a trial before Chief Judge J. Michael Seabright of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. The case involved a contractual dispute concerning two projects in which Luminate Law’s client was a subcontractor. Elijah Yip was lead counsel for the Hawaii company that initiated the lawsuit.