Our Team

DSC_5777Craig A. DeCosta

Craig De Costa is a partner at De Costa Hempey.  He is the former elected Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Kauai.  After 12 years as a prosecutor having handled every type of case in that office from traffic tickets to murder trials, Mr. De Costa went into private practice in December 2008.  He is one of the most experienced trial lawyers on Kauai.  Mr. De Costa also represents landlords in eviction matters and creditors in debt collections.  Mr. De Costa was born and raised on Kauai.  Mr. De Costa has a perfect 10 rating on AVVO.

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Daniel G. Hempey

Daniel Hempey is a partner at De Costa Hempey.  He has tried over a hundred cases to verdict. He has won precedent-setting and published appeals in the Hawaii Supreme Court .  He has been named to Super Lawyers. His practice includes complex civil litigation, civil rights, sexual harassment, Native Hawaiian rights, personal injury and wrongful death, select criminal cases, and appeals. Mr. Hempey has dedicated much of his legal career to public justice with a prolific history of pro bono work. Mr. Hempey began his career in 1990 as a public defender in Montgomery County, Maryland, and later worked as a trial attorney for the Private Defender program in San Mateo County, California. He has practiced law on Kauai since 2000.  Mr. Hempey served as a judge pro tempore in Alameda, California and he currently serves as a Judge Per Diem in the Kauai Family Court. Mr. Hempey is licensed to practice law in Hawaii, California, New York, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He has also practiced law in Maryland and Virginia.

DSC_5793Michelle L. Premeaux

Michelle Premeaux is an associate attorney at De Costa Hempey was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 2011. She formerly worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney on the island of Kauai. Attorney Premeaux has extensive practice in complex civil litigation on both Kauai and Oahu. Attorney Premeaux practices primarily in the areas of complex civil litigation, criminal defense and civil rights, including sex discrimination.

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Megan Deets:

Megan Deets is the firm’s Senior Paralegal. Ms. Deets has worked with attorney Hempey for over 15 years.  Ms. Deets graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oregon State University. She assists primarily in civil rights cases, criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and appeals, and applies a meticulous attention to detail to each and every case.

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Mathew M. Sagum:

Mathew Sagum is the Personal Injury Paralegal at De Costa Hempey LLC.  He works with attorney Hempey on personal injury, negligence and premises liability cases.   Prior to joining De Costa Hempey, Mr. Sagum worked in Transactional Department at one of the largest firms in the State of Hawaii‘i. He is currently President Emeritus of the Hawaii Paralegal Association, and a Commissioner on the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. He obtained his Associates of Science in Paralegal Studies in 2013. Mr. Sagum is currently pursuing a specialty certificate in Personal Injury Law at Duke University.

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Trina E. Sonoda:

Trina Sonada was born and raised on the island of Kauai. Ms. Sonada is a legal assistant at De Costa Hempey LLC.  She has worked in the firms criminal defense department assisting Craig A. De Costa since 2014. Prior to joining De Costa Hempey, Ms. Sonada worked on the mainland specializing in criminal law, civil litigation and probate law.