HAWAII REAL ESTATE & LITIGATION LAW FIRM

RECOGNIZED BUSINESS & LITIGATION ATTORNEYS

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher is a leader among Hawaii’s real estate and business law firms, recognized for its expertise in real estate law, commercial transactions and complex commercial litigation in Hawaii, the US mainland and internationally.

Firm transactional and litigation attorneys often join forces in complex commercial matters that require both business law and litigation experience. The firm’s intellectual power and mental strength and toughness generate winning strategies, strong negotiations and innovative settlements for clients.  Above all, the firm’s attorneys have a passion for excellence and responsive client service, earning the firm an international reputation for extraordinary client results.

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher has earned Martindale-Hubbells® highest AV Preeminent® rating, given by our legal peers for achieving the highest standards of professional ethics, excellence and legal ability. Our Hawaii litigation attorneys and transactional team have been selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list in the practice areas of business litigation and real estate law.  Firm attorneys have been recognized as Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyers of the Year” in Honolulu, in both transactional and litigation practice areas, having more “Lawyers of the Year” than any other law firm in Hawaii, in 2014 and 2015.

Our firm is Top-Listed by US News & World Report-Best Lawyers in America® “Best Law Firms” in 23 practice areas:

  • Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Business Organizations
  • Closely Held Companies & Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Legal Malpractice Law
  • Litigation-Antitrust
  • Litigation-Banking & Finance
  • Litigation-Construction
  • Litigation-Real Estate
  • Litigation-Trusts & Estates
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure
  • Real Estate Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
 

A LITIGATION POWERHOUSE

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation powerhouse has extensive experience, including significant jury and non-jury trial work, in complex commercial litigation encompassing business, corporate, contract and accounting issues related to Hawaii real estate development, corporate ownership and management, the hotel and hospitality industry, environmental matters, construction claims, lender liability, class actions and personal injury matters. 

Our respected team of Hawaii litigation attorneys have trial expertise before State and Federal courts in Hawaii and the US mainland, including the US Supreme Court, and has served as litigation general counsel before courts in foreign jurisdictions. 

When clients are faced with complex commercial issues concerning matters in Hawaii and beyond, the firm’s attorneys are amongst a handful of select “go-to” lawyers.

OUR TRIAL APPROACH

Victory in the legal environment means triumph: economic satisfaction, a win-win agreement, or sometimes, just being proclaimed right.

The importance of the path to victory-strategies, players, and desired outcomes — make the selection of the legal trial team critical for success. The job is to design a road map that considers each twist and turn that may be presented. The experience and intellectual brainpower of the client’s trial attorneys often accounts for the outcome of litigation by crafting each strategic move on the battlefield along the way.

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation attorneys take the fight for every client as if it were their own battle. To be responsible and involved is a hallmark of the law firm, which is built on the power of its people.

The firm’s Hawaii litigation attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers ™, selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate, Benchmark Plaintiff, and Martindale-Hubbell®.

All Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation Directors are rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbells® highest possible rating, given to them by their peers for achieving very high ethical standards and professional ability.

HAWAII LITIGATION ATTORNEYS

DIRECTORS

Terence J. O’Toole has been named a Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu multiple times, selected to the “Top 25," Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, and named a “Star” by Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business and Benchmark Litigation.

Sharon V. Lovejoy has been selected for inclusion each year by Benchmark Litigations “Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States”, since its inception in 2011. Ms. Lovejoy has been named Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu twice, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Benchmark Appellate and Benchmark Litigation, in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and the Federal Bar Foundation.

Trevor A. Brown has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America® in eight litigation and transactional categories, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and has served as Chair of the Litigation Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Mark J. Bennett has been named a Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, selected to the “Top 25” Hawaii Super Lawyers®list, is in Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, is a former Hawaii State Attorney General, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. 

Judith Ann Pavey has been named a Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, and a Litigation Star by Benchmark Plaintiff. Ms. Pavey is a member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers, American Association of Justice and the American Inns of Court.  Ms. Pavey practices and is recognized for her work in both commercial and personal injury litigation matters.

Andrew J. Lautenbach has been selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, as a “Rising Star” and named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation. Mr. Lautenbach is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell's® highest rating possible for his skill and integrity, and serves as a Director on the Board of the Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

SENIOR LITIGATION COUNSEL

Stephanie E.W. Thompson has been selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, as a “Rising Star” and named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation. Ms. Thompson is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell's® highest rating possible for skill and integrity, and serves as the 2015 Chairperson of the Litigation Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

Orian J. Lee is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums. Mr. Lee's experience spans all stages of litigation, including extensive argument and briefing before trial and appellate courts.

ASSOCIATES

Brandi B. Balanda has been selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, as a “Rising Star”.  Ms. Balanda concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. She has participated in the representation of various corporate and public entity clients and individual clients in multi-million dollar lawsuits.

Mateo Caballero concentrates his practice in the areas of federal tax and commercial litigation. He is admitted to the New York State, the District of Columbia, and Hawaii Bar Associations.

Lindsay E. Orman represents clients in both litigation and transactional matters. Ms. Orman served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Emily Hewitt in the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC.

Maile S. Miller represents clients in litigation matters. Ms. Miller served as a summer associate for the firm, and as a research assistant at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Manoa.

HAWAII REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS, BUSINESS FOCUSED

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s real estate and business law attorneys are known for sophisticated case analysis and innovative business solutions for complex matters. Our attorneys have significant experience in real estate development and transactions, hotels, hotel management agreements, corporate finance, international transactions, secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, construction law and complex commercial matters, in Hawaii, US and internationally.

The firm’s impressive skill and experience in strategic case planning, ingenious solutions and powerful negotiations in all aspects of complex real estate transactions has opened many doors for domestic and international clients, and have helped many navigate Hawaii’s complex land use and permitting laws.

OUR TRANSACTIONAL APPROACH

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher transactional attorneys have an innate talent for critical thinking through each complex commercial matter.  What’s more, they excel in solving the pieces of a puzzle, examining the players, unraveling the details of agreements and handshake deals, to identify the keys that will give the client the clear advantage.

In today’s complex competitive environment, firm transactional attorneys shine when approaching the deal table.  Strong, experienced and prepared for endless possible moves and counter moves, firm attorneys drive for exceptional results for every client whether they are a family owned business or an international corporation.

Our transactional attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers ™and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list.

All transactional Directors are rated AV Preeminent®, the highest rating possible given by Martindale-Hubbell®, a distinction given by our legal peers for achieving the highest standards for professional skill, ethics and integrity. 

HAWAII REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS

DIRECTORS

Law firm founder, Peter Starn, is a Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, and is recognized for his expertise in real estate and corporate law, with a particular focus on the hotel and resort industry.  Mr. Starn is a former Naval Aviator and a board member of the Pacific Aviation Museum, Pearl Harbor. 

Kenneth B. Marcus is in Best Lawyers in America®, selected to the “Top 25” Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business  and is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC). Mr. Marcus has structured numerous successful hotel management agreements and authored the Hawaii State Bar Association Real Estate Manual chapter.

Duane R. Fisher is co-founder of the firm, is a Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, selected to the “Top 25” Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business and is recognized for his expertise in real estate, corporate and construction law.

Trevor A. Brown is recognized in Best Lawyers in America® for both business and litigation matters, and is often called upon to work on client matters that require business and litigation strategy.  Mr. Brown has been selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, and named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.

Ivan M. Lui-Kwan is a Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®, is the Ambassador to the US for the Maori King Tuheitia, and National Board Member of The American Judicature Society.  He is Chairman of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board, overseeing the largest public works project in Hawaii’s history with a $5.2 billion budget. Mr. Lui-Kwan was the recipient of the “2014 Lifetime Achievement Award” given by Pacific Edge Magazine.

Norman H.Y. Cheng is Managing Director of the firm, in Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, and is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbells® highest rating possible for his skill and integrity.  Mr. Cheng practices in the area of real estate law, and is on the board of the Iolani Schools Alumni Association.

ASSOCIATES

Christina  N. Ohira concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions, and has received Martindale-Hubbell's® highest possible “AV®” rating for her legal skill and integrity.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT US

"The best attorneys are in this firm.  They are sensitive to the client's needs, most professional and won all of my litigation cases.  I would highly recommend this law firm."
Best Lawyers in America®, Client Comment

"A very aggressive litigation group with some highly talented lawyers."
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"A top notch law firm — highly impressive. Strategic thinkers with an uncommon ability to sift through complex issues to get to common-sense solutions.”
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"The individuals we work with come with high recommendations and take an assertive stance."
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"Starn O'Toole clearly stands out above the rest in what they do."
Benchmark Litigation

“An impressive reputation as a go to commercial litigation law firm for regional and global corporations.”
Benchmark Litigation

“We were looking for the best litigators in Hawaii, and we found them.” 
Benchmark Litigation

"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher has excellent lawyers.  They are great advisors, and are very professional and polished."
Best Lawyers in America®, Client Comment

"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher is an excellent and responsive firm that understands business needs and issues."
Best Lawyers in America®, Client Comment

"An excellent firm. Excellent service and very responsive, with well trained junior associates. They provide sound commercial advice."
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"The thing that really makes them stand out is their business advisory capabilities — they are very insightful about the business side of real estate acquisitions."
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"They always communicated and followed through. They were very thorough and detail oriented."Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher has excellent lawyers.  They are great advisors, and are very professional and polished."
Best Lawyers in America®, Client Comment

"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher is an excellent and responsive firm that understands business needs and issues."
Best Lawyers in America®, Client Comment

"An excellent firm. Excellent service and very responsive, with well trained junior associates. They provide sound commercial advice."
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"The thing that really makes them stand out is their business advisory capabilities — they are very insightful about the business side of real estate acquisitions."
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"They always communicated and followed through. They were very thorough and detail oriented."Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

 

 

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