Clara represents public and private sector clients in a broad range of land use and real property matters. She regularly advises clients in matters arising under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), the Shoreline Management Act (SMA), the Land Use Petition Act (LUPA), and other federal, state, and local laws. She also has extensive litigation experience and has appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal court and in administrative agency proceedings.
Her representative experience includes defending the City of Seattle’s environmental review for its Mandatory Housing Affordability program (MHA), accessory dwelling unit program, and the Burke-Gilman Trail extension; securing permits and entitlements including land use, subdivision, and environmental approvals; and conducting due diligence for a variety of commercial and residential developments.
Clara previously worked at a mid-sized law firm in Honolulu, Hawaii, where her practice focused on land use and commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Clara served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Daniel R. Foley of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, where she assisted in drafting opinions.
University of Michigan Law School
J.D., cum laude, 2012
Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 2009
Rising Stars, Hawaii, 2016; 2019
Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute Fellow, 2015