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Terrence M. Lee

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Honolulu, HI

Sullivan Meheula Lee, LLLP
Pacific Guardian Center, 733 Bishop Street, Suite 2900
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-599-9555
Fax: 808-533-2467
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2012, 2015 - 2021
Licensed in Hawaii Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Real Estate: Business (70%), Business/Corporate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Terry is one of the most experienced real estate and restaurant attorneys in Hawaii and is a licensed real estate broker. In his nearly 40 years of practice, Terry has represented a "who's who" list of local and national developers, hoteliers, investors and entrepreneurs on a wide variety of Hawaii real estate acquisition, development, business, hotel and restaurant matters. Terry's current clients include Safeway, Inc., Parallel Capital Partners, Roy's Holdings, Inc., Outback Steakhouse, Inc., Diamond Parking, Inc., and Watumull Properties Corp.

Terry has substantial experience in all aspects of investment and development projects — from acquisition through development, operations, leasing and sales. Terry's representation has included owners and investors in retail/commercial operations, shopping centers, warehouses, hotels, restaurants, office buildings, service companies, and other businesses. Terry's work routinely includes advising on appropriate legal structure, advising on and negotiating key deal points, handling land use requirements, resolving title issues, negotiating and drafting long term ground leases, operating/partnership agreements, tenant leases, construction agreements, financing arrangements, brokerage agreements, and other core contracts. Terry also has extensive experience representing commercial landlords and tenants in all aspects of leasing transactions with particular emphasis on commercial/retail and restaurants. Terry also represents a significant number of clients seeking to obtain, retain, or transfer liquor licenses throughout the islands.

Terry's extensive business experience allows him to bring a unique perspective to his legal practice. Terry co-founded several successful businesses in Hawaii, including the world-famous Roy's Restaurants, ( Terry has served and currently serves as a director of several large Hawaii companies, including Gentry Pacific, Inc. (land ownership and investments) and Roy's Holdings, Inc. (the owner of Roy's Restaurants in Hawaii). Effective July 1, 2015 through December 13, 2020, Terry served as a member of the board of directors (appointed by the Honolulu City Council) that governs the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and was Vice Chairman. HART is a semi-autonomous public transit authority responsible for the planning and construction of the City's fixed guideway rail system. The capital costs of the initial 20 mile portion of the rail system is estimated to cost over $10 billion, exclusive of financing costs.

Over the years, Terry has developed close working relationships with all the major landowners and lenders in Hawaii, including Kamehameha Schools, James Campbell Company, Alexander & Baldwin, Weinberg Foundation, Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, American Savings Bank and Central Pacific Bank. Further, he enjoys a positive working relationship with all the major escrow and title companies doing business in Hawaii, including Title Guaranty of Hawaii, the title and escrow company that handles many of the large commercial real estate transactions in Hawaii.

Terry Lee was born and raised in Honolulu. He graduated from Iolani School and the University of Hawaii, where he obtained his B.A. in economics, with high honors, in 1977. Terry received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, in 1980. Terry is a regular lecturer on Hawaii real estate matters and is a frequent continuing legal education panelist.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Real Estate: Business
  • 30%Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Business Organizations


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2012, 2015 - 2021

About Terrence M. Lee

First Admitted: 1980

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background

  • B.A., Economics with high honors, University of Hawaii, 1977

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Hawaii (all state and federal courts)
  • American Bar Association
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), Member of the board of directors

Representative Clients

  • Safeway Inc., Property Development Centers LLC, Outback Steakhouse, Roy's Restaurants

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed Hawaii Real Estate Broker, 1987
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Office Location for Terrence M. Lee

Pacific Guardian Center
733 Bishop Street, Suite 2900
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-599-9555

Fax: 808-533-2467

Last Updated: 11/5/2021

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