Katherine E. Vessels


Katherine E. Vessels


Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: 808-523-9000
Fax: 808-533-4184
Email: KVessels@LegalHawaii.com
vCard: vcard

Katherine E. Vessels is a member of the firm’s litigation practice group. Ms. Vessels graduated cum laude from the William S. Richardson School of Law with a certificate in International Law. In law school, Mrs. Vessels established a trial monitoring program at the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal and served in numerous leadership positions at the law school.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Vessels worked in the Philippines on international commercial arbitration and maritime security matters.  Prior to law school, Ms. Vessels earned her status as a combat veteran serving as a Transportation Officer in the U.S. Army.  For her undergraduate education, she attended Centre College and Xavier University, graduating from Xavier with a B.S. in Chemistry.

Professional Affiliations and Recognition

Top 25 Law Students in America in 2015, National Jurist Magazine

United States Merchant Marines 100-Ton Captain’s License with Vessel Personnel Designated with Security Duties Endorsement

Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Army

Published Works

Book Review: Trans-Pacific Partnership: An Assessment (Policy Analyses in International Economics) by Cathleen Cimino-Isaacs & Jeffrey J. Schott, 93 Int'l Soc. Sci. Rev. 2 (2018)

Prevention Paradox: Why the Logical Nature of the Mass Atrocity Prevention and Response Options (MAPRO) Policy Planning Handbook Impedes Chances of Prevention. 6 Homeland & Nat'l Security L. Rev. 1 (2018)

First Steps in Resolving the Prevention Paradox: Adding Command Responsibility to the UCMJ to Make “Never Again” a Reality. 5 Homeland & Natl Security L. Rev. 39 (2016).

Co-Author with Eric Yamamoto, A Crucial Next Step Toward Jeju 4.3 Reconciliation: United States Responsibility for Social Healing Through Justice in Jeju 4.3 Grand Tragedy during “peacetime” Korea: The Asia Pacific Context (1947-2016) Peace Island Book Series 2 (2016).

Analysis of the legal arguments presented at the Khmer Rouge hearings at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Hearings on Evidence Weeks 17-20, Case 002/02 KRT Trial Monitor Issues 20-23 (AIJI, Honolulu, HI) June 5-25, 2015.

Speaking Engagements

Lectured around the world on international arbitration for maritime disputes.

Areas of Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
Bar Admissions
  • Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii
  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, J.D.
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, B.S. Chemistry