Mara K. Hosoda Su’a*

Mara K. Hosoda Su’a practices in the area of civil litigation.

Passionate about cross-cultural exchange and international relationships, Ms. Hosoda Su’a has worked as a Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in New Zealand where she negotiates and drafts contracts between U.S. and New Zealand entities, advises U.S. officials on New Zealand public affairs issues, and drafts speeches for the U.S. Ambassador, U.S. diplomats, and other U.S. government officials.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hosoda Su’a worked as an intern law clerk for the Honorable Steven S. Alm, (ret.) in the First Circuit Court of Hawaii. She also worked as a legal researcher for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Wakatu Inc. in New Zealand focusing on health issues, human rights and indigenous rights law in international and regional jurisdictions.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Ms. Hosoda Su’a is a graduate of Punahou School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Critical and Social Justice from Occidental college, where she graduated with honors.  Ms. Hosoda Su’a graduated with her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and received her PhD in Law from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate and Estate
  • White Collar Criminal Defense.

Honors and Awards

  1. Group Eagle Award, U.S. Embassy New Zealand
  2. Doctoral Scholarship, University of Otago
  3. Outstanding Presentation, University of Sydney, Sydney Law School
  4. Scholarship, Arbitrator’s and Mediator’s Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ)
  5. Presenter of the Year, The Equal Justice Project

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Auckland Medico-Legal Society
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Liaison, Office of Civil Rights
  • Trustee and Executive Board Member, Anuanua Cook Islands Dance Troupe
  • Hawaii Village Committee Member, Pasifika Festival
  • Law in Schools Presenter, The Equal Justice Project

* Licensed to practice in New Zealand.