March 23, 1925 - September 5, 2001
Clinton R. Ashford, was a founding partner of Ashford & Wriston and practiced with the firm for 45 years.
Mr. Ashford was a trial and appellate lawyer for 47 years, but during the past three years limited his dispute resolution practice to mediation, arbitration, neutral fact finding, and other non-litigation processes. In that practice, he served both private clients and the First Circuit and Supreme Courts of the State of Hawai`i.
Mr. Ashford was admitted to practice in Hawai`i in 1950 and in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1986. He served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands from 1989 into 1996. As a member of the Hawai`i State Bar Association, Mr. Ashford served as its President in 1972. He was also a life member of the American Bar Association and served in its House of Delegates and on its Board of Governors. Mr. Ashford was a member of the American Law Institute (1983 - 2000) and was a life member and former director of the American Judicature Society.
Mr. Ashford was named as an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Lawyers and inducted into Lambda Alpha, an international honorary land economics society. He achieved extraordinary peer recognition, as demonstrated by the fact that he was, by invitation, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (1989 - ), American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (1997 - ), American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (1973 - 2000), American College of Real Estate Lawyers (1981 - 2000), American Bar Foundation (life member) and College of Law Practice Management (1996 - 2000). Mr. Ashford was selected and named as one of the best real estate lawyers in Hawai`i in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America published from its inception.
Mr. Ashford served on the Boards, and was president, of the Hawai`i Justice Foundation and of Child & Family Service. He served on both the Board and Executive Committee of Aloha United Way and was Chairman of its Budget and Allocations Committee for three years. He served as a member of the Board of the Robert F. Lange Foundation and formerly served as a trustee of the J. Watumull Fund, both of which are private charitable foundations. He also served on the Board of Hawai`i Loa College.
Lt. Cdr. USNR (retired)
J.D., University of Michigan, 1950
Order of the Coif
Michigan Law Review
A.B., University of California at Berkeley, 1945
If you would like to read the Eulogy for Mr.
Ashford, written and delivered by Michael W. Gibson, a partner and long time
friend of Mr. Ashford, please click here.