Bethany Ace

  • Lecturer in Law


  • JD University of Michigan School of Law 2005
  • BA with high distinction University of Michigan 2003


Bethany C.K. Ace joined the firm as an Associate in 2012 and practices primarily in real estate and commercial litigation, including appellate practice and dispute resolution. Bethany comes to Damon Key having six years of litigation experience before the Hawaii State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, most recently as a litigation associate at the Chun, Kerr, Dodd firm. Bethany is a member of our appellate practice, real estate and construction, and dispute resolution practice groups.

Examples of her work include:

  • Land use and real estate litigation: Trial and appellate practice in zoning and regulatory takings matters.
  • Real estate transactions: Including covenant enforcement for condominium and housing associations, and preparation of conveyancing documents, advisory opinions.
  • Commercial litigation and appeals: Contract disputes, complex foreclosures.

Bethany was born in Honolulu and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland before obtaining both her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in honors psychology, with high distinction, in April 2003. Throughout her undergraduate career, Bethany was a member of the clarinet section of the Michigan Marching Band and received numerous academic honors including the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize. She received her Juris Doctorate in 2005, completing her degree in Michigan Law’s accelerated two and one-half year J.D. program and serving as a LexisNexis student representative.

Bethany is an active member of her community, including church, musical, and alumni organizations. She is also an active member of her legal community, serving as an officer of the HSBA appellate section, member of the Appellate, Litigation, Collections, and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections and as an adjunct professor for Legal Practices II at the William S. Richardson Law School.