Karin L. Holma


Karin L. Holma


Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: (808) 523-9000
Fax: (808) 533-4184
Email: KHolma@LegalHawaii.com
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Karin L. Holma is the Managing Partner of Bays Lung Rose & Holma, where she manages the firm and handles a full caseload of commercial litigation cases. Ms. Holma specializes in construction law and litigation, and commercial and business litigation. She is skilled at litigation strategy and management and is known for putting together the right team of professionals to handle major litigation. She has been with Bays Lung for 25 years and has successfully litigated numerous cases in career, including partnership and corporate disputes, defense of class action lawsuits, major financial mismanagement and fraud cases, defense of condominium and homeowners’ associations, construction finance and defect litigation, and government agency representation and defense.

Some of Ms. Holma’s representative cases include:


  • Represented SHAKA Movement in landmark litigation against Monsanto Company – case pending before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented Aloha Tower Development Corporation in defense of claims for $23 million in arbitration.
  • Represented MacFarms LLC in dispute with Royal Hawaiian Orchards regarding macadamia nut processing.
  • Represented Japanese partnership in dispute among partners.
  • Represented homeowner in claims against contractor for fraudulent overbilling. Case settled favorably by contractor repaying homeowner several hundred thousand dollars.
  • Represented Kauai landowner for 20 plus years advising on wide range of issues and disputes from development and zoning, to lease issues, to partnership issues.


  • Construction defects – 100+ cases    
  • Construction procurement cases – 25+ cases
  • Mechanic’s liens –30+ cases
  • Collection and payment disputes – 50+ cases
  • Construction contract negotiations – 50+ matters
  • Delay claims – 15+ cases

Significant outcomes in construction litigation cases include:

  • Represented Architect and Civil Engineer in multi-million dollar wrongful death case alleging negligence in the design and engineering of a highway on Hawai’i Island. Obtained summary judgment in favor of clients.
  • Represented Architect in case involving a fire that destroyed several luxury high-end condominium units on Maui allegedly caused by negligent design. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client.
  • Represented Contractor in defense of claims brought by homeowner for construction defects. Obtained arbitration award in favor of Contractor.
  • Represented Owner in defense of claims brought by Contractor for failure to pay full contract amount. Obtained arbitration award in favor of Owner on Contractor’s claims and arbitration award in favor of Owner on Owner’s counterclaim against Contractor for fraudulent overbilling.
  • Represented Architect in claim by Owner for negligent design of a parking structure. After one week of arbitration, the case was favorably settled in favor of Architect.

Published Works

  • Co-Author, Hawaii Construction Law and Mechanic’s Liens, 2015 and prior editions
  • Co-Author, Building Codes, 2011
  • Co-Author, The Fundamentals Of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues, 2009
  • Co-Author, How To Keep Construction Projects From Going Bad in Hawaii: Resolving Them If They Happen, 2008
  • Co-Author, Building A Foundation For Managing Complex Construction Law Issues in Hawaii, 2006
  • Co-Author, How To Obtain Good Title In Hawaii Real Estate Transactions, 2005
  • Co-Author, Hawaii Boundary Law: Critical Issues And Solutions Every Practitioner Needs to Know, 2005
  • Co-Author, Resolving Problems And Disputes On Construction Projects, 2005, 2007
  • Co-Author, Getting Paid For Your Work: Construction Liens and Bonds in Hawaii, 2004

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America® -- Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Construction Litigation, 2007-present

Super Lawyers®, Construction Litigation, Business Litigation, 2010-2013

Rotary Club of Honolulu, 2015-present; Board of Directors, 2016-present

Hawaii State Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2014-2015

Planning Commission, City and County of Honolulu, Member, 2005-2011;

Chair, 2007-2009

Director, Board of Directors, Building Industry Association of Hawai'i

2001-2012; Associate Member of the Year, 2003;

Chair, Governmental Relations Committee, 2004

Affiliate Member, American Institute of Architects

Arbitrator, Hawai'i Court-Annexed Arbitration Program, 1998-present

Director, Ala Moana/Kakaako Neighborhood Board, 1997-2001

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Corporation and Partnership Litigation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Professional Errors and Omissions Defense Litigation
  • Arbitration/Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon, 1989
  • Hawaii, 1990
  • U.S. Federal Courts
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit


  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon J.D. 1989
    Associate Editor, Willamette Law Review
    Member, Moot Court Board
  • Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon B.A. 1985, Business and Administrative Studies