Richard J. Kiefer


Cades Schutte LLP
444 Hana Highway
Suite 204
Kahului, HI 96732

Tel: 808.871.9700


Rick is one of Hawai‘i’s top lawyers for sophisticated real estate transactions and developments. For 30 years he has represented large landowners, developers, and investors on properties and projects state-wide.

Rick is the resident partner in the firm’s Maui office. He focuses on resort, condominium, commercial, and subdivision developments state-wide. He regularly acts as lead counsel for some of the largest developments in the State and understands the complex, interdisciplinary work needed to make a project a success.

Rick also has extensive experience with sophisticated real estate transactions, including financings and the purchase and sale of hotels, golf courses, projects, homes, and land. Most importantly, Rick is known for being practical and for his ability to get things done.

  • J.D. (1991), University of California Davis School of Law
    Articles Editor, U.C. Davis Law Review (1990-1991)
  • B.A. (1987), University of California Irvine
  • State of Hawai‘i and United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i
  • State of Washington
  • Listed in Best Lawyers®, since 2006
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Real Estate Law, Honolulu, 2012
  • Listed in Super Lawyers®, 2010-2012, 2021-2022
  • Listed in Chambers & Partners, USA Guide, since 2007
  • Chambers USA Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business®
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, since 2008
  • Represented Alexander & Baldwin in one of the largest land sales in state history, selling 41,000 acres of former HC&S sugar fields on Maui for $262 million to a pension fund-backed agribusiness
  • Lead counsel on a 2019 sale of large, fully-entitled resort residential project on Maui
  • Lead counsel on a $250 million acquisition of three Hawai‘i shopping centers
  • Lead counsel on the disposition of a 7-property portfolio of mainland U.S. commercial and industrial properties

The purchase, sale, and development of real estate in Hawai‘i continues to thrive even through economic downturns in other areas. Tourism, national and international demand for Hawai‘i residential real estate, and local housing needs have kept Hawai‘i’s real estate market flourishing.

Our attorneys are well recognized as having vast expertise and experience in all aspects of real estate matters. The team has a comprehensive understanding of Hawai‘i’s unique real estate laws. From large landowners and investors to individuals and commercial developers, our team has the expertise to help you in the acquisition, disposition, and leasing of hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial business parks, agricultural properties, and condominium and housing developments.

With some of the most sought-after attorneys for expertise in real estate law, land use, finance, and real property tax law, our attorneys have been lead counsel in many of the state’s largest development transactions.

With a century of dedicated legal service, Cades Schutte attorneys are some of the most sought after in the Pacific region for their dedication, tenacity and innovative perspective on the law.

We are a full-service law firm with over 80 attorneys, providing superior service in over 40 practice and industry areas from our main office in Honolulu and offices in Kona, Waimea, Kahului, and Līhuʻe. Since the founding of our firm in 1922, Cades Schutte attorneys have been called on to serve as counsel in some of the most notable cases and transactions in the State of Hawai‘i.

We offer a wide range of corporate and personal legal services with an emphasis on business counseling. We are proud to serve local, national, and international clients, and regularly handle estate planning, tax, and personal litigation matters.

Cades Schutte is organized into four departments—Finance, Real Estate, and Corporate; Litigation; Tax; and Trusts and Estates—but departmental lines are fluid. Cades Schutte attorneys from different departments routinely collaborate on projects to benefit our clients. This approach provides a full array of our firm’s expertise and experience. Utilizing a ‘firm first’ mentality, we’ve adopted a democratic style of management in which the strategic direction and vision for the firm is developed by its partners, and headed up by its Management Committee.

Together, this Committee serves as the firm’s key visionary, and is specifically charged with implementing the direction and mission of the stakeholders.