About Us


William Dean

William Dean is the owner of Ohana Law Firm.  Mr. Dean is a litigator in Hawaii’s Third Circuit Court, where he takes on significant lawsuits against insurance companies and major law firms. He practices family law in divorce, guardianship, and paternity matters. Mr. Dean handles real property transactions and litigation, including titles, liens,  encroachment, and breach of contract matters.

William Dean holds an LLM in International Law from George Washington University Law School and a Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law in Honolulu, HI. He has a Master of Science in Finance from Boston College, a Master of Science in Miltiary Operational Art and Science from Air University, a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science from the US Air Force Academy, and an Associate of Arts from Clark College.

Mr. Dean is a retired Air Force Staff Judge Advocate. During his military career he provided a wide range of legal services for military commanders, military members, and their families. He provided prosecution and military justice, contract law, trusts and estates, and family law.  He was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he provided legal services to detainees and to the detention facility.

William Dean served as an Air Force financial management officer. He wrote multi-billion-dollar estimates for advanced Air Force programs. He managed a $35 million operating budget for U.S. military in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He founded a venture-backed biotechnology/bioenergy firm in Honolulu. He also served as a policy advisor to the Governor of Hawaii.

William Dean is currently serving as a four-year term as Commissioner of the Hawaii Elections Commission, where he oversees Hawaii’s Office of Elections and helps ensure the integrity of Hawaii’s electoral process.

Leanna Pohevitz

Leanna’s purpose in life is to help folks, teach empathy, and make loads a little lighter. To do that she went to law school. With a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College and a Juris Doctor from CUNY School of Law, she has become proficient in Family Law supporting our clients through divorce, paternity and temporary restraining orders, as well as associated issues related to estate, land, and real property. At both her undergraduate and law school she served her classmates and community as school President. She has also served in Americorps and Peace Corps and received not one but two prestigious Fulbright Scholarships. She has also been awarded the US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship three times, studying Arabic in Egypt and Tunisia. She has formally studied more than a dozen languages and lived abroad for about a third of her life so she understands that communication is key, and works to convey the client's message to both the honorable court system and opposing parties.

Lynne Carey

I began my career in the legal field as a Legal Assistant in 1984 working for a High-Profile Law Firm in Jacksonville, Florida in their Real Property Department. After learning the ropes at that firm I went to work for a Real Estate, Family Law, Personal Injury single practitioner who was a retired Officer and Judge Advocate in the U.S. Navy, at his firm in Orange Park, Florida where I advanced to Paralegal, Licensed Title Insurance Agent and Office Manager. After a decade with that firm I took advantage of an opportunity to become President of a Title Insurance Company in Jacksonville, Florida. After successfully managing a relocation of the firm, hiring and training a talented staff I was offered the opportunity to go back into a law firm (my first love) and jumped at it. Taking a position with a very busy General Practice Law firm where I had the opportunity to learn new facets of the law including assisting with the Commercial Real Estate Develop Department in preparing and overseeing execution and curing defects in title to facilitate the purchase of a large group of properties, consolidating them, and making applications to the appropriate agencies for what that later became Phase I of World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.

In 2012 a few years after relocating to Hawaii, I began working for a single practitioner in the area. I have experience in Family Law, Commercial and Residential Real Property, Civil Litigation, Conservatorship, Guardianship, Estate Planning and Personal Injury procedures. I have also assisted with Environmental Law, Litigation against the Military, Tribal Court proceedings in Tribal Family Court.

My goal is to always be an advocate for our clients and offer each the opportunity to be heard. I look forward to assisting you through the process.

Nicole Moylan

Nicole has worked for Ohana Law Firm since 2022. With over 8 years of legal experience, Nicole has worked primarily in Family Court, Probate, and District/Circuit Court Judiciary Systems here on the Big Island of Hawaii. With a skill set of excellent communication, prompt response to urgencies, and a people-first orientation, Nicole has continued to grow in her role as a Paralegal. Her love for the legal field started in 2015 as a Document Legal and quickly developed into a Paralegal. Her love in focusing on her clients and their situations continues to give her the drive to exceed and hone in on the skills needed in this field.

Amanda Wall

Amanda joined the firm in early 2023. As the Office Manager, Amanda brings over a decade of professional business management and financial expertise to the firm, with a remarkable seven years dedicated exclusively to the legal industry. Throughout her career, Amanda's ongoing interest in professional growth has equipped her to oversee major areas of business operations such as human resources, IT, marketing, financial and facilities management. Celebrated for a passion for collaboration, project completion, organization and leadership, Amanda ensures the foundation of the firm remains solidified.

Beyond the world of ledgers and balance sheets, Amanda's zest for life is evident in a love for travel, cherished family moments, invigorating hikes, and spirited softball games, adding a personal touch to the dynamic Ohana team.