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Case join Outrigger Enterprises Group as chief legal officer

(Hawaii 24/7 file photo)

(Hawaii 24/7 file photo)

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Ed Case – a veteran Hawaii attorney and former U.S. Congressman – is joining Outrigger Enterprises Group as senior vice president and chief legal officer starting July 22, 2013.

In his new role, Case will manage the multifaceted legal affairs for Outrigger Enterprises Group, including assisting with the acquisition, development and management of real estate assets, supporting the company’s hotel and condominium management business, and overseeing the full range of internal and external legal matters.

Case replaces Donna Leong, who was tapped by Mayor Kirk Caldwell in May of this year to serve as Honolulu’s corporate counsel.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ed’s tremendous caliber and reputation join our Outrigger team,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “His extensive experience in real estate and property law, coupled with his insights gained as a former US congressman and Hawaii state representative and his deep understanding of our community, make for an outstanding addition to our executive team. Ed’s experience working with foreign companies is also a plus, given our continued expansion beyond Hawaii’s shores,” added Carey.

“I am truly honored to join such a legendary and dynamic company like Outrigger that is mounting a visionary expansion throughout the Pacific and Asia under David Carey’s leadership,” Case said. “Like so many local residents, I practically grew up with Outrigger, so it is especially gratifying for me to now be part of a company that is synonymous with Hawaii and a team that’s helping to take this iconic company into an exciting new era.”

Case was most recently an attorney with Bays, Lung, Rose & Holma, focusing on real property transactions and development since 2007. He previously practiced law at Carlsmith Ball for 20 years, where he rose from associate, to partner, to managing partner.

In addition to his law background, Case served as a Hawaii state representative for the Manoa/Makiki/Punahou district from 1994 to 2002, and also served as a United States congressman for Hawaii’s second district from 2002 to 2007. Case also served on the Manoa Neighborhood Board for four years beginning in 1985.

Case has served as an adjunct professor at the Hawaii Pacific University, is on the Hawaii District Export Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is on the board of directors for Smart Business Hawaii.

Case also co-authored the Hawaii Supreme Court Hawaii Appellate Handbook.

Case earned a law degree from the University of California/Hastings College of Law, and a bachelor of arts in Psychology from Williams College in Massachusetts.

From Ed Case:

Dear Friend,

Aloha! I hope this finds you and yours well.

Sometimes in life it’s just time to start a new chapter. That’s what I’m doing in joining Outrigger Enterprises Group as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer on July 22.

I’ve greatly enjoyed my legal career, since ’07 with Bays, Lung, Rose & Holma, a great firm of great lawyers and staff serving great clients. And my political career, while I didn’t achieve all that I had hoped, has been deeply fulfilling, with challenges faced, contributions made, friendships forged and promising opportunities right over the horizon.

But I’ve always looked for that next mountain to climb, that next contribution to make, and Outrigger is an opportunity I can’t resist.

Like so many of you, I practically grew up with Outrigger. A now-66 year old local company which has stayed true to its Hawaii roots and values, Outrigger wrote the book on Hawaii’s travel and tourism industry and, with its 4,200 employees, is central to 25 percent-plus of Hawaii’s economy.

Today Outrigger is writing its own new chapters, sharing what makes Hawaii so special beyond our shores throughout the Pacific and Asia and now, in Mauritius, almost to Africa. I’ve always believed not only in being the very best we can be in Hawaii, but also in our ability to rise to the top throughout the rest of our country and world, whether it be in politics, business, lawyering, sports, music or any other field. In joining Outrigger, I hope to contribute in this way not just to the Outrigger ohana’s future but to Hawaii’s as well.

With this new path, I won’t be a candidate for public office as long as I’m with Outrigger. Since I hope that’s a long time, this likely ends any further political career. But I fully intend to continue to participate in the public life of our Hawaii and country and look forward to those opportunities.

To each of you who’s supported and voted for me throughout my political endeavors, I again extend my humblest and most heartfelt mahalo. We truly have made a lasting difference together, and words do not express my gratitude.

I urge you to stay involved as we all need you, and Audrey and I truly look forward to staying in touch and to helping you along your own paths.

To those who’ve listened and considered, I deeply appreciate you. And if we’ve disagreed, e kala mai – please forgive me; I meant no offense, and thank you for caring.

To all, I will enjoy continuing to talk story and work with you in this next chapter. E malama pono and a hui hou … take care, be right, until we meet again.

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