Terri Ann M.K. Motosue


 Areas of Practice:


  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Commercial Real Estate Loans
  • Corporate Loans
  • Energy Project Development
  • Business Organizations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


  • J.D., Boston University, 1998
  • M.A. (Political Science), University of Hawaii, 1995
  • B.A. (Political Science), Phi Beta Kappa, 1993


Terri Ann M.K. Motosue

Terri Ann M.K. Motosue joined the firm as a partner in January 2017.  Prior to joining Ashford & Wriston, Ms. Motosue was a partner and former managing partner of a large law firm in Honolulu.

Ms. Motosue counsels clients in the areas of real estate, energy, finance and corporate law.  Her practice in the real estate area includes a range of matters, including acquisitions and dispositions, real estate development, joint ventures, and leasing.  In addition to her real estate experience, Ms. Motosue has been involved with the development of numerous renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal and biomass, and has assisted with the preparation and negation of all forms of relevant documentation.  She also has extensive experience in corporate law, specifically in the finance area with secured and unsecured lending transactions.  Ms. Motosue has represented major commercial banks and investment banks in a variety of lending transactions, including complex syndicated secured and unsecured credit facilities and acquisition and leveraged financings.  She is involved in all aspects of the deal structure and in the negation and documentation of such transactions. 

Prior to working at Ashford & Wriston, Ms. Motosue was a partner with Carlsmith Ball LLP in its Honolulu office.   She also practiced in New York City with White & Case LLP and King & Spalding LLP, and worked in Bangkok, Thailand with White & Case LLP and at a law firm in Tokyo, Japan.  

Professional Activities:

Ms. Motosue is licensed to practice in Hawaii, New York and the District of Columbia.  She is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Professional Recognition & Experience:

In 2008, Ms. Motosue was named “Best Lawyers Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).  She has also been recognized as one of the “20 For the Next 20” by Hawaii Business magazine.

Community Activities:

Ms. Motosue serves on the Board of Directors for Child and Family Service, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Hawaii’s most at-risk families.  She is also a volunteer with Hawaii Heritage Center.