The Transition Lawyers Committee (TLC) was established to provide information, guidance, and resources to Bar members, who are transitioning into or out of the practice of law, or who are contemplating the closure or sale of a law practice.

Who is a transitioning lawyer?

     At the outset, the TLC tried to assess the needs of attorneys in the private practice of law, primarily solo and small firm practitioners, who were contemplating a professional change to government practice, nonprofit employment, corporate practice, non-legal employment, or retirement.  In the assessment, the TLC recognized the longevity of employment has continued to increase as Hawaii's population retains its enviable life expectancy projections due to an increased awareness of "quality of life" factors such as diet and exercise.  The TLC reviewed other Bar Association webpages to identify trends of Mainland counterparts.  In addition, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Attorneys Assistance Office were consulted and asked to be a part of the local endeavors.  It was then decided that a dedicated webpage consisting of articles by Hawaii and out-of-state authors would meet its mission.

     The articles posted provide general background information for HSBA members.  It is not intended to serve as a substitute for legal counsel.  For specific legal advice on individual situation, legal counsel should be consulted.  When reviewing articles authored by out-of-state contributors, keep in mind that the Rules of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct, formal opinions or advisories issued by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and other Hawaii statutes, rules, regulations and case law precedents should also be reviewed as appropriate.  The posting of these articles does not constitute an approval or endorsement by the HSBA, and the HSBA will not be responsible for any damages, claims, losses, liabilities, costs or expenses that may arise from the use of the articles.


Senior Lawyer Resources
Lawyer Assistance Programs, American Bar Association
Lawyers in Transition-Resources related to end-of-career issues  Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association
National Institute on Aging US Dept of Health & Human Services
Retirement Planning & Security US Dept of Health & Human Services
State of HI Executive Office of Aging 

Succession Planning: It's Never Too Early!

5 Retirement Planning Mistakes to Avoid Michael W. Yee, Generations Magazine
5 Musts for an effective succession plan
Edgar W. Pugh, Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association
Careers—Turning Your Hobby into Your Job B Cheryl Rich Heisler,  Senior Lawyers Division of American Bar Association
The Art of Client Succession PlanningStephanie Hood, Esq. Hemenway & Barnes, LLP
Succession Planning: Rewarding the Senior LawyerRoy Ginsburg, JD Wolf Management Consultants, LLC., Minnesota State Bar Association
Succession Planning Preparing your Law Firm's Future David French, Esq., D. French Advisors, LLC, Tim Eigo, M.A., J.D, Arizona State Bar Association
When to Start Receiving Social SecurityJane Yamamoto-Burigsay, Social Security Affairs SpecialistGenerations Magazine
Common Misconceptions about Medicare Daniel Bonilla,MedData, Generations Magazine
Don’t Wait to Save for Retirement Michael W. K. Yee, Financial & Certified Financial Planner, Generations Magazine
Goodbye to All that: Thought on turning 67 and knowing when to quit, Charles T. Hvass, Donna Law Firm,  Bench&Bar of Minnesota
A Recipe for A Family Disaster Scott A. Makuakane, Esq., Est8Planning Counsel, LLLC. Generations Magazine
How Law Firms Can Prepare for Partner Retirement Brian McMahon, Major, Lindsey & Africa’s, Bench & Bar Minnesota


Closing A Law Practice: Crossing the T's & Dotting the I's

Hey, I’ll Just Be a Mediator when I retire!  Not so Fast…Douglas E. Noil, Senior Lawyer Division of American Bar Association
Tips for Lawyers Leaving the Practice  Marilyn Tucker, Senior Law Division of the American Bar Association
Guidelines for Closing a Law PracticeJay Foonberg, Esq. State Bar of California, Yvonne Shinmura, Esq., Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Guidance on Closing Your Office Jay Reeves, Esq., Lawyers Mutual Inc. North Carolina Bar Association
Why Everyone Needs A Firm Emergency PlanWarren Savage, Esq. Bailey and Dixon, North Carolina Bar Association
Plan Ahead For Closing A Law PracticeLawyers Mutual Insurance Company, North Carolina Bar Association
How Does Your Capital Look?Stephanie Hood, Esq. Hemenway, & Barnes, LLP

Ethical Considerations: Doing It Right!

Death, Disability, Disappearance or Disbarment Richard C.Goodwin. Senior Lawyers Division of American Bar Association

Ethics in the Practice of Elder Law Donna Jackson LLM, Senior Division of American Bar Association

Ethics of Law Form DissolutionsJames W. Ozog. Esq., Michael P. Luongo, Esq., Seth L. Laver, Esq., Goldberg Segalla

How to Handle Files upon RetirementCarol Richelieu, Esq.

Ethical Challenges and Responsibilities and Responsibilities When Working with Clients with Diminished Capacity Kerry Peck, Esq.  Peck Ritchey, LLC., Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association

Chart – State by State Caretaker Rules When Lawyer Disappears, Dies, or Is Declared Incompetent ABA Center of Professional Responsibility Standing Committee on Client Protection.2015
ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 92-369 - Disposition of Deceased Sole Practitioners’ Client Files and Property  ABA Commission on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. December 7, 1992
ABA Formal Opinion 03-429 - Obligation with Respect to Mentally Impaired Lawyer in the Firm ABA Commission on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. June 11, 2003

ABA Formal Opinion 03-431 - Lawyer's Duty to Report Another Lawyer Who may Suffer from Disability or Impairment  ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility. August 8, 2003
ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct Client - Lawyer Relationship Rule 1.3 DiligenceComment ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility

ABA Policy on Advance Designation of Caretaker or Surrogate Lawyer ABA House of Delegates . August 14, 2007
ABA Model Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement, Rule 28 (Appointment of Counsel to Protect Clients’ Interests When Respondent Is Transferred to Disability Inactive Status, Suspended, Disbarred, Disappears, or Dies) ABA Center of Professional Responsibility

Health and Well-Being: Keeping Mentally & Physically Fit!

8 Steps to Repurposing the Lawyer in YouJames R. Nowlin. CEO Excel Global Parters,  Senior Lawyer Division American Bar Association

Lifestyles-Swimming into a Healthier and Happier Retirement  Carolanne Caron Senior Lawyer Division of American Bar Association

Out of Focus: Lawyer and Firms Can No Longer Ignore Dementia Christine Simmons Law.com

Running Past Landmines-The Estate Attorney’s Dilemma: Ethically Counseling the Client with Alzheimer’s Disease Joseph Karl Grant, Florida A & M University College of Law

A Gentle Landing: LAPs, Cognitive ImpairmentRobert J. Derocher, Esq. Journalist, ABA Bar Leader Contributor, American Bar Association Division of Bar Services

Lawyer Impairment and Related Ethical Consideration Lennes N. Omuro, Esq., Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, LLP. This article was first published in the February 2017 issue of the Hawaii Bar Journal.  The copyright is retained by the author.

Becoming a "Dementia-Capable" AttorneyJames H. Pietsch, Esq., William S. Richardson School of Law. This article was first published in the 2015 13th edition of the Hawaii Bar Journal.  Copyright retained by author.
Long-Term Care in HawaiiScott C. Suzuki, Esq., Law Offices of Scott Suzuki.  This article was first published in the 2015 23rd edition of the Hawaii Bar Journal.  Copyright retained by author.
A Wellness Guide for Senior Lawyers and their Families, Friends and ColleaguesState Bar of California, Solo & Small Firm Section
How Lawyers Can Avoid Burnout and Debilitating AnxietyLeslie A. Gordon, Esq. Law Offices of Leslie A. Gordon, ABA Journal, American Bar Association
Aging and Transitioning with DignityPamela Powell, Esq., Powel Law P.C., Susan L. Godwin, Esq., Law Office of Susan Godwin Esq., James P. McCollom Jr., Attorney at Law, Ellen Plaze, Driftwood Pain Recovery, Max E. Wright Kelly, Hart & Hallman, LLP Texas Lawyers’ Lawyer Assistance Program, Senior Lawyers Division of theAmerican Bar Association

Aging, Adiversity & Resilience Margaret A. Perkinson, Ph.D, Center on Aging Director, UH Manoa, Generations Magazine

Home Healthcare: Buyer Beware Eileen Phillips, RN,  Generations Magazine

Senior Discounts Aug-Sept 2017, Generations Magazine

Gray But not Retired: Ways to Stay engaged in the Law, Charlie  T. Hvass, Donna Law Firm, American Bar Association News.


Lawyer Resilience and Grit: How to thrive as a LawyerDr.Larry Richard., LawyerBrain, LLC. American Bar Association Legal Career Central Career Advice Series

The Stress Performance Link: Strategies to Increase Resilience and Avoid Burnout Paula Davis Laack and David N. Shearon

Turning Out The Lights Video Series Transitioning Lawyers Committee, North Carolina Bar Association

If you have any suggested articles or videos for webpage inclusion, email your suggestion with attribution information to Evelyn Gomez at Egomez@www.liau2.com