Paul W. Soenksen

Top rated family law attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii

Coates Frey Hackett & Gibson, AAL, LLLC
Paul W. Soenksen
Coates Frey Hackett & Gibson, AAL, LLLC

Practice Areas: Family law; view more

Licensed in Hawaii since: 1987

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022

Coates Frey Hackett & Gibson, AAL, LLLC

900 Fort Street Mall
Suite 1400
Honolulu, HI 96813 Visit website


Paul W. Soenksen is a senior counsel at Coates Frey Hackett & Gibson, AAL LLLC, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has been practicing civil litigation for several years, and it has been more than 23 years since he shifted his focus to family law. He resolves cases on matters including:

  • Divorce
  • Asset distribution
  • Custody
  • Abuse and temporary restraining orders
  • Premarital agreements
  • Post-decree enforcement
  • Paternity

Licensed to practice in Hawaii since 1987, Mr. Soenksen served for more than nine years at a prominent law firm before joining Coates Frey Hackett & Gibson, AAL LLLC. Even while practicing family law, he continues to assist the firm with complex and difficult civil litigation cases. 

An alumnus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Mr. Soenksen graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies pre-law with distinction. In 1987, he proceeded to pursue his Juris Doctor degree at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. In law school, he was selected to the dean’s list and was honored with the American Jurisprudence Award – Torts. He was also selected to be the first alternate on the Hastings Moot Court Oral and had a brief period of exposure to commercial litigation.

Mr. Soenksen is admitted to practice before all the state and federal courts in the district of Hawaii. Since his induction into the field of law, he has tasted victory in several high-stake cases. Some of his most prestigious victories have made it to the published opinions of district courts. 

As a former president of the Hawaii State Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Mr. Soenksen has played a pivotal role in the amendment of the state civil commitment laws. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Practice areas

Family law

Focus areas

Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Divorce, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law, Father's rights

  • 100% Family law

First Admitted: 1987, Hawaii

Professional Webpage:

  • Macheras v. Center Art Galleries, et. al., and Mariner v. Hilton, et. al.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Hawaii State Bar
  • President of the Hawaii State Alliance for the Mentally Ill between 1992 and 1994
Educational Background:
  • University of Hawaii, Dean's List & member of the Phi Beta Kappa scholastic fraternity
  • Chosen as third place finisher out of approximately 200 participants.  Selected as First Alternate to National Moot Court Team., Moot Court Oral Award, 3rd place, 1986
  • Top Student in Torts class., American Jurisprudence Award, Torts, Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Company, 1986

Office location for Paul W. Soenksen

900 Fort Street Mall
Suite 1400
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-524-4854


1 Year Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

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