Rosemarie S.J. Sam

Rosemarie S.J. Sam

Practicing law in Hawai‘i is a microcosm of life in Hawai‘i. It is a rich mix of myriad cultures and close and long-standing relationships that rewards a balance of strength and respect.

Rose takes the stress out of planning for the future. She focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration. She also has experience in trusts and estates disputes and conservatorships/guardianships.

Rose is the Editor-in-Chief of the Hawai‘i Probate Forms Manual, co-author of the Hawai‘i Conservatorship and Guardianship Forms Manual, and co-author of “Trusts and Estate Primer”, Hawai‘i Bar Journal. She is also a court appointed member of the Committee on Uniform Probate Code and Probate Court Practices, and a Lecturer of Finance Estate Planning at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i. Rose has lectured on a range of topics, including trust and estate administration, estate planning, conservatorships, preventing estate litigation through estate planning, planning for and administering digital assets, and asset protection planning.


Rose enjoys traveling abroad and hopes to one day compete in The Amazing Race.


William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i, J.D. (cum laude), 2005
University of Washington, B.B.A., 2000
University of Washington, B.A., 2000


State Courts of Hawai‘i
U.S. District Court of Hawai‘i


Hawai‘i State Bar Association
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
Hawai‘i State Bar Foundation, Director
Hawai‘i Tax Institute, Advisory Committee
Hawai‘i Estate Planning Council, Past President and Director
HSBA Elder Law Section, Past Chair
HSBA Probate & Estate Planning Section


The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2014-2017