UH Board of Regents appoints Darolyn Lendio as Vice President for Legal Affairs and University General Counsel

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-9803
Mia Noguchi, (808) 956-9095
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Jul 20, 2006

HONOLULU — At its monthly meeting held today at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the UH Board of Regents approved the appointment of Darolyn Lendio as Vice President for Legal Affairs and University General Counsel. Her three-year appointment is effective September 1.

Lendio, who has over 20 years of trial and appellate litigation experience in both the private and public sectors, is currently a partner in the law firm of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, LLP. She has also been an associate with the law firm of Goodsill, Anderson, Quinn & Stifle, and served as an extern to former Associate Supreme Court Justice Yoshimi Hayashi.

In 1994, Lendio was appointed director of the Department of the Corporation Counsel for the City and County of Honolulu. As director, she managed a staff of 84 employees, including 36 attorneys, and spearheaded the defense of large litigation cases involving eminent domain and land use, environmental issues, construction, geological liability, municipal contracts, liquor laws, employment and personnel laws, and civil rights.

Lendio graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California and has been admitted to practice law in Hawaiʻi, the U.S. District Court, District of Hawaiʻi, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Her past honors include selection as the Outstanding City Administrator by the American Society of Public Administration, Hawaiʻi Chapter, and inclusion in "Best Lawyers in America" (2005). She has served on the Judicial Conduct Commission, Honolulu Police Commission, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, and the Honolulu Charter Commission.

Lendio replaces former Vice President for Legal Affairs and University General Counsel Walter Kirimitsu who is now president of Saint Louis School.