Carlsmith Ball LLP
Gerald A. Sumida is a partner in Carlsmith Ball LLP, a Hawaii-based law firm, and is Chair of its Business, Corporate and Finance Section. His legal practice encompasses corporate and business, securities, administrative, project development and energy matters, including the development and operation of renewable and clean technology energy projects as well as project finance. In the energy area, his clients include major firms that develop and operate wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, waste-to-energy, biomass, ocean thermal energy conversion and wave energy projects, as well cogeneration projects; undertake performance contracting and energy savings service projects; and invest in or finance clean technology projects. His energy practice has included advising the State of Hawai‘i on an inter-island electric energy transmission cable project in the mid-1980s and preparing a major analysis of the legal, permitting and financing of an inter-island cable system; drafting related inter-island cable permitting facilitation legislation; and representing clients in various PUC proceedings dealing with power purchase agreements, intra-governmental wheeling, feed-in tariffs and decoupling mechanism. He represented a wind energy developer in In re Wind Power Pacific Investors-III (1984), in which the Hawaii Supreme Court affirmed the developer’s status as a qualifying facility and defined what constitutes a “public utility” under Hawaii law. He is also the Chair Emeritus of the Steering Committee of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.
Mr. Sumida served from October 1999 through January 2003 as the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), then a 64-member country multilateral development bank established in 1966, based in Manila, Philippines, to provide financing and technical assistance for the economic development of developing Asian and Pacific member countries.
Mr. Sumida is active in numerous professional and community organizations. These include, among others, a board member of the University of Hawaii Foundation, President of the Foundation for the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, former Secretary-General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, and a Senior Advisor to the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Hawaii State Bar Association, American Society of International law, Inter-Pacific Bar Association, International Bar Association, The Washington Institute on Foreign Affairs, and the Hawai‘i-Pacific Export Council.
Mr. Sumida is a graduate of Punahou School; Princeton University (A.B., summa cum laude), and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs (undergraduate program); and Yale Law School (J.D.).