Carlos Perez-Mesa

Carlos D. Perez-Mesa has been an active trial attorney in New Jersey and Hawaii since 1986. Since his admission to the Hawaii bar in 1991, he has tried 20 jury and bench trials to verdict in state and federal court and participated in over 300 arbitrations and mediations. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and received a juris doctorate degree from Rutgers Law School-Newark in 1986, where he served as a general editor for the Rutgers Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mr. Perez-Mesa served as Judge Nicholas Mandak’s law clerk in Passiac, New Jersey.

Prior to joining Clay Chapman Iwamura Pulice & Nervell, Mr. Perez-Mesa was the Senior Trial Associate for Motooka & Yamamoto, where he handled litigation concerning personal injury , employment discrimination, products liability and condominium law. Prior to that, Mr. Perez-Mesa was a partner in Epstein & Perez-Mesa for ten years, during which time he defended AIG and Farmers’ Insurance insureds involved in automobile and slip and fall accidents. Before forming his own law firm in 2000, Mr. Perez-Mesa worked seven years as a trial attorney for AIG’s Staff Counsel’s office in Honolulu, where he tried 12 jury trials in which he represented AIG insureds involved in automobile accidents. During Mr. Perez-Mesa’s tenure with AIG Staff Counsel’s office, he attended several exhaustive trial preparation seminars at AIG’s New York headquarters.

Mr. Perez-Mesa has wide experience practicing in both federal and state court and handling a broad range of litigation areas, including products liability, construction law, employment discrimination, personal injury, the Americans with Disabilities Act, environmental law, automobile and slip and fall accidents, condominium law, Title VII civil rights law and workers compensation law. He also has three successful published Hawaii Supreme Court opinions.


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