Our Expert Divorce and Family Law Attorneys
Steven L. Hartley
Hartley & McGehee, LLP
- 2012 HSBA Family Law Section - Chair
- 2004, 2011 HSBA Family Law Section - Vice Chair/Chair Elect
- 2000-2003 HSBA Family Law Section - Secretary
- Hawaii Christian Legal Society
Steven L. Hartley has specialized in the practice of Family Law for over 21 years. Mr. Hartley began his family law career in 1996 with Stirling & Kleintop and was named partner at the firm in September 2000. In 2004, Mr. Hartley moved to Bloomington, Indiana where he continued to practice family law with Mallor, Clandening, Grodner and Bohrer, LLP. Mr. Hartley returned home to Hawaii with his family in 2005 and resumed his family law practice partnering with Frank T. Lockwood to form Lockwood & Hartley, ALC. In 2009, Mr. Hartley opened his current firm, Hartley & McGehee, LLP, to continue serving Hawaii's people in all areas of family law.
Mr. Hartley received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (B.A. cum laude, 1991) and his J.D. in 1996 from William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii. He is a member of the Hawaii State (Family Law Section), Indiana State, and American (Family Law Section, Litigation Section) Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Hartley served as the Secretary of the Hawaii State Bar Association Family Law Section from 2000 to 2003, was Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect in 2004, and Chair in 2012. He also serves as an appointed arbitrator with the Hawaii Court-Annexed Arbitration Program, and since 2003 has served as a Volunteer Settlement Master for the Family Court. Mr. Hartley has written many articles and given numerous presentations on various family law and litigation topics including paternity, child support, property division, mediation, discovery strategies, and divorce tax matters.
Mr. Hartley is a BV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell and is licensed to practice in Hawaii and Indiana.
In October 2015, Mr. Hartley was appointed as a Per Diem Judge of the District Court of the State of Hawaii. In 2016, Mr. Hartley's term was extended until October 2020.
Elsa F. M. McGehee
Hartley & McGehee, LLP
Elsa Fay Menor McGehee joined Hartley & McGehee LLP (formerly known as Lockwood & Hartley ALC), in January 2007. After 2 years, Ms. McGehee was named partner at the firm in 2009. Since beginning her legal career in 1997, Ms McGehee has practiced in a number of areas of civil litigation, including family law, personal injury, insurance defense and employment law. She is a former law clerk to the Honorable Virginia L. Crandall of the First Circuit Court for the State of Hawai’i.
Ms. McGehee received her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (B.A., 1990) and her J.D. in 1997 from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i, where she helped to create the Filipino Law Students Association at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Ms. McGehee is a member of the Hawai’i Filipino Lawyers Association and Hawai’i State Bar Association (Family Law Section), and serves as a Volunteer Settlement Master for the Family Court.
Ms. McGehee has also been a speaker for the National Business Institute (NBI) Family Law Seminar in addition to speaking at conferences on the complexities of special needs planning in divorces and divorce in the military. Ms. McGehee also makes yearly presentations to Family Law classes at the William S. Richardson School of Law and appeared as an expert speaker on KHON’s Action Line segment on Family Law.
In 2013, together with partner Steven L. Hartley, Ms. McGehee helped found the Hartley & McGehee Excellence in Family Law Award which is awarded annually to a Law School Student who demonstrates a high level of commitment and dedication to Family Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law. She also started the annual Hartley & McGehee Thanksgiving Food Drive, collecting donations and contributions from neighboring businesses in Kailua to benefit the Hawaii Food Bank. Having also donated her time to raising money for the Aloha United Way in the past several years, Ms. McGehee also coordinates the firm’s yearly participation in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Ms. McGehee was honored as the 2015 Distinguished Alumnae for Sacred Hearts Academy.
Mari L. Kishimoto Doi
Hartley & McGehee, LLP
Mari L. Kishimoto Doi joined Hartley & McGehee LLP in March 2009. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to Intermediate Court of Appeals Associate Judge Derrick H.M. Chan (formerly of the First Circuit Court for the State of Hawai'i).
Mari Kishimoto Doi received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 2001. She went on to obtain her J.D. in 2007 from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i. While attending law school, she also served as an officer of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.
Ms. Kishimoto Doi is a member of the Family Law Section of the Hawai'i State Bar Association, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai'i, and the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Kishimoto Doi volunteers with the Hawai'i State Bar Association with Volunteer Legal Society of Hawai'i.
Ms. Kishimoto Doi was named to the Super Lawyer's 2016 Hawai'i Rising Stars List.
Amanda J. Leonard
Hartley & McGehee, LLP
Amanda J. Leonard joined Hartley & McGehee LLP in September 2011. Mrs. Leonard received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 2006. Before attending law school, she served as Administrative Assistant to the Program Director at the Children's Justice Center of O'ahu-State of Hawai‘i Judiciary and received training in child welfare law and policy through the Ho'olokahi and Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem programs at the Family Court, First Circuit for the State of Hawai'i.
Mrs. Leonard earned her J.D. in 2011 from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i. During law school, she served a two-year term as Research Assistant to Eric K. Yamamoto, the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice, and was selected as "2010 Scholar-Advocate" by the Equal Justice Society. In 2010, Mrs. Leonard served as a summer law clerk at Hartley & McGehee and went on to serve as a law clerk to The Honorable Michael F. Broderick and The Honorable Matthew J. Viola of the Family Court, First Circuit for the State of Hawai‘i.
Mrs. Leonard is a member of the Family Law Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court of Hawai'i and State Courts of Hawai'i.
Elena L. Bryant
Hartley & McGehee, LLP
Elena L. Bryant joined Hartley & McGehee LLP in May 2016. Ms. Bryant received her Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 2008. Ms. Bryant went on to earn her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2011 from the William S. Richardson School of Law.
During law school, Ms. Bryant served as a Staff Writer and Member of the University of Hawaii Law Review. She also served as the Team Captain for the Environmental Law Moot Court Team and received the “Best Oralist” Award for two years in a row at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Team Competition at Pace University, New York. Ms. Bryant also served as a Board Member and Student Bar Association Representative for the Environmental Law Society, as Member and Part-Time Student Liaison for the ‘Ahahui o Hawai‘i, and was a Member of the Aloha Chapter of the American Inns of Court. During law school, Ms. Bryant received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Contracts, Legal Practice, Trusts & Estates, Administrative Law, and Environmental Law. Ms. Bryant also received the Best Appellate Brief Award in Appellate Advocacy as well as the George C. Munro Award for Environmental Law. During her second year in law school, Ms. Bryant was awarded a Summer Fellowship with the Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law to complete law and policy work with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Ms. Bryant’s article, Innovation or Degradation? An Analysis of Hawai‘i’s Cultural Impact Assessment Process as a Vehicle of Environmental Justice for Kanaka Maoli was published by the Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal in 2011. Ms. Bryant also assisted the Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law to revise and edit the Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise, published in August 2015.
Prior to joining the Hartley & McGehee firm, Ms. Bryant served as a two-term Law Clerk to the Honorable Katherine G. Leonard, Associate Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Ms. Bryant subsequently served as the Administrative Law Clerk to the Honorable Craig H. Nakamura, Chief Judge of the Intermediate Court of Appeals. Ms. Bryant thereafter clerked for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii for the Honorable Barry M. Kurren until his retirement in April 2016.
Ms. Bryant is a member of the Family Law, Appellate, and Natural Resources Sections of the Hawaii State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the State Courts of Hawaii and in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. Ms. Bryant is also a member of the Native Hawaiian Bar Association.