Christine A. Terada

Christine A. Terada

There really is “no place like home” for Christine.

After graduating from Dartmouth College and Northwestern University Law School, Christine returned home to Hawai‘i where she concentrates her practice on environmental law, land use, commercial litigation, appeals, and class action defense.

During law school, Christine participated in externships with Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway of the United States District Court for the District of Hawai‘i and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5.  She also worked as a student attorney in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and as a Teacher’s Assistant for Negotiation.  She served as Executive Articles Editor of the Northwestern University Journal of International Human Rights and Co-President of the Northwestern Law Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Christine has represented clients in CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) and Hawai‘i Environmental Policy Act litigation. She’s also counseled clients on water pollution permitting issues, including NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permits, and defended enforcement actions regarding violations of water pollution laws.


Christine’s commitment to the environment is evident by her work as a council member on the Kaulunani Urban & Community Forestry Program, which helps communities establish, manage and protect trees and green spaces in or near urban areas.

In her free time, Christine enjoys hiking with her family and two dogs.


Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2012
Dartmouth College, A.B. (magna cum laude), 2007


State Courts of Hawai‘i
U.S. District Court of Hawai‘i
Illinois (inactive)


U.S. District Court Judicial Conference, Delegate


Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2018