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Lani Nakazawa

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Director

Location: Hawai‘i

Lani has over 40 years of experience providing advisory and audit services to various organizations in Hawai‘i. An attorney and auditor, Lani works on organizational change projects, consulting projects, and performance audits.

Prior to joining Spire, Lani conducted performance audits for Kaua‘i County on construction projects, energy efficiency initiatives, and employee cost-reduction programs. She also served as the County Attorney for the County of Kaua‘i, where she was chief legal counsel for all county departments, boards, and commissions. As the State of Hawai‘i, DCCA Health Insurance Branch Chief, Lani regulated health insurance carriers and public utilities for the State. She also served as the Of Counsel with Ashford & Wriston, where she practiced law focusing on employment and real estate matters. Her government experience also included a period with the State of Hawai‘i, Public Utilities Commission, as its Counsel and Research Section Head.

Her community activities include serving as an officer and member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and the Hawai‘i chapter of the Stanford Alumni Association. She was also the former chair of the board of directors of the State High Technology Development Corporation. 

Education

  • Stanford University - BA
  • Sophia University - MA
  • University of Hawai‘i - JD 

Licenses and Certifications

  • Law license, State of Hawai‘i 
  • Licensed by the U.S. District Court, Hawai‘i
  • Admitted to appear, U.S. District Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit and D.C. Circuit
  • CFE, National (retired)

Memberships

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association

Core Competencies

  • Advisory and audit services
  • Government policy
  • Organizational change 
  • Employment and real estate law
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