Blake Oshiro has been named Director Of Counsel for the Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing law firm, practicing in the area of government relations. Oshiro, a former state representative from the ‘Aiea area, is rejoining the firm after having served three years as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, where he was one of the governor’s senior political advisors and the lead advocate on public policy, budgetary and legislative issues. In that capacity, Oshiro worked closely with all branches of state government, along with county and federal officials and agencies.
Prior to joining the governor’s cabinet, Oshiro was the majority leader for the state House of Representatives, a position he held for more than a decade.
“I look forward to using my experience and networks in the state government, coupled with my knowledge of the law, to help clients develop strategies that work consistent with state policies so that in collaboration with policy decision-makers, we move forward as a community,” Oshiro said.
His areas of practice also include commercial litigation, employment law, government contracts, entity formation, and governance and environmental law. Oshiro earned his JD from the University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where he also earned an environmental law certificate. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. Additionally, Oshiro received a Harvard University Kennedy School Executive Leaders Fellowship in 2011 and the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Champion for Social Justice Award in 2010.