Chris S. Mashiba

Firm: Cades Schutte LLP
Location: Honolulu - HI

  • 1000 Bishop Street Suite 1200
    Honolulu, HI 96813
  • Tel : (808) 521-9215
  • Fax : (808) 540-5007

Chris is Chair of the Tax Department. His practice is concentrated in the areas of federal and state tax planning for businesses and individuals and resolving federal and state tax audits. He is the past chair of the Tax Committee of the Hawaii Society of CPAs and past chair of the Tax Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Chris is currently listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America. He is a past Adjunct Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, teaching corporate and partnership taxation.

Chris received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Hastings College of the Law, University of California. Chris received his B.B.A. degree in accounting, with distinction, from the University of Hawaii. He is also licensed as a CPA in Hawaii (not in public practice). Chris serves on the board of directors for the River of Life Mission.


  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Honolulu, 2023
  • Listed in Best Lawyers®, since 2006
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law, Honolulu, 2015, 2019
  • Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year, Litigation and Controversy – Tax, Honolulu, 2013, 2017
  • Listed in Chambers & Partners, USA Guide, Hawai‘i Tax (Band 1), since 2015


  • J.D. (1997), Hastings College of the Law, University of California, cum laude, Thurston Society, Order of the Coif
  • B.B.A. Accounting (1991), University of Hawaii, with distinction, Dean’s Scholar Award with highest cumulative GPA in College of Business


  • Hawaii State Bar (1997)
  • United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • Certified Public Accountant (not in public practice)


  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Cades Schutte LLP

The Tax Group at Cades Schutte is the largest in the State of Hawai‘i and understands the business and legal intricacies of complex transactional tax planning for clients doing business domestically and internationally. Our attorneys stay well-informed on changing tax laws and practices, leveraging their expertise to develop the most effective and practical tax structures and strategies for your business, and prepared to vigorously defend taxpayers before the IRS and State of Hawai‘i Department of Taxation, including in court as necessary.

Cades Schutte is the only Band 1 firm recognized in this area by the Chambers and Partners USA Guides, and in the 2021 edition we were recognized for having an “Impressive bench of tax attorneys with notable strength in both transactional and contentious mandates.”

We offer a broad range of expertise; our clients include private and public companies, institutional investors and lenders, private equity funds, tax-exempt organizations, foreign investors, joint ventures, venture capital, fund sponsors and advisors, real estate partnerships, limited liability companies, and individuals.

What We Do

  • Business Tax Planning and Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Transactions, including 1031 Exchanges
  • Corporate and Partnership Taxation
  • International Tax
  • Tax Audits, Appeals, and Litigation
  • Housing Development Tax Credits
  • Leveraged Leasing
  • Pensions and Defined Compensation
  • Renewable Energy Tax Credits
  • Opportunity Zones
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations