Experienced Hawaii Litigation and Real Estate Lawyers
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 U.S. mainland and internationally. Transactional and litigation teams often join forces in complex commercial matters that require both business law and litigation experience. The firm’s intellectual power, mental strength and toughness generate winning strategies, strong negotiations and innovative settlements for clients. Above all, the firm’s Hawaii real estate lawyers have a passion for excellence and responsive client service, earning the firm an international reputation for extraordinary client results.
Our Hawaii real estate law firm is Top-listed by U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”, and recognized in 15 practice areas: Administrative/Regulatory Law, Antitrust Law, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Business Organizations, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Government Relations Practice, Litigation-Banking & Finance, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Real Estate, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and Real Estate Law.
The firm has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest AV Preeminent rating, given by our legal peers for professional excellence. The firm has attorneys who are among Hawaii Super Lawyers® Top Listed, Top 25 in the practice areas of litigation and real estate law. The firm has attorneys who have been recognized as Best Lawyers®, Lawyers of the Year in transactional and litigation practice areas.
LITIGATION 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. Our litigation team has trial expertise before State and Federal courts in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and has served as litigation general counsel before courts in foreign jurisdictions. The firm’s litigation attorneys are amongst a handful of select “go-to” lawyers when clients are faced with complex commercial issues.
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 roadmap 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 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 personally 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®, Hawaii Super Lawyers®, Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate, Benchmark Plaintiff, Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers ™.
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation attorneys are rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest rating possible.
Terence J. O’Toole has thrice been named Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year, named a Top 25, Hawaii Super Lawyer®, and a Star by Chambers USA and Benchmark Litigation.
Sharon V. Lovejoy has twice been selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States, named Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year, a Hawaii Super Lawyer®, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Trevor A. Brown has been recognized in Best Lawyers® in several categories, named a Hawaii Super Lawyer®, in Benchmark Litigation and has served as Chair of the Litigation Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
Mark J. Bennett has thrice been named a Top Listed, Top 25 Hawaii Super Lawyer®, in Best Lawyers® and Chambers USA, a former Hawaii Attorney General, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Judith Ann Pavey has been twice named Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year, named a Hawaii Super Lawyer®, in Chambers USA, and a member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers, American Association of Justice and the American Inns of Court, and practices both commercial and personal injury litigation.
Andrew J. Lautenbach has been named a Hawaii Super Lawyer®, Rising Star, 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.
TRANSACTIONAL Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s business law attorneys are known for sophisticated case analysis and innovative business solutions for complex matters. The transactional team has significant experience in Hawaii real estate development and transactions, hotels, hotel management agreements, corporate finance, international transactions, secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, construction law and complex commercial matters.
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, helping them navigate Hawaii’s complex land use and permitting laws.
TRANSACTIONAL APPROACH Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher transactional attorneys have an innate talent for critical thinking through each complex commercial matter. What’s more, solving the pieces of a puzzle, examining the players, unraveling the details of agreements and handshake deals, to identify the keys that give the client the clear advantage, is what they relish.
In today’s complex competitive environment, firm transactional attorneys shine when approaching the deal table. Strong, experienced and prepared for every possible move and counter-move, firm attorneys drive for exceptional results for every client.
Law firm transactional attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Hawaii Super Lawyers®, Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers ™.
Firm transactional attorneys are rated AV Preeminent, the highest rating possible by Martindale-Hubbell®, a distinction given by our legal peers recognizing skill, ethics and integrity.
Law firm founder, Peter Starn, is a Best Lawyers®, Lawyer of the Year, named a Hawaii Super Lawyer®, in Chambers USA, and is recognized for his expertise in real estate and corporate law. He is pro-bono legal counsel for the Pacific Aviation Museum Board.
Kenneth B. Marcus is in Best Lawyers®, has been twice recognized as a Top Listed, Top 25 Hawaii Super Lawyer®, in Chambers USA and is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC).
Duane R. Fisher is co-founder of the firm, in Best Lawyers®, named a Hawaii Super Lawyer®, in Chambers USA and is recognized for his expertise in real estate, corporate and construction law.
Trevor A. Brown is recognized in Best Lawyers® for both business and litigation matters, bridging client matters that require business and litigation strategy, and named a Hawaii Super Lawyer®.
Ivan M. Lui-Kwan is in Best Lawyers®, rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®, is the Ambassador to the U.S. 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.
Norman H.Y. Cheng is in Chambers USA, rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest rating possible for his skill and integrity, practices in the area of real estate law, and is a board member of the St. Francis Healthcare Enterprises.