Judith Ann Pavey
Judith Ann Pavey has 40 years of experience in litigation and litigation related alternative dispute resolution. She began her litigation career while still in law school where she received a special certification from the Indiana Supreme Court to act as a prosecutor on criminal cases in Marion County juvenile, misdemeanor and felony courts. Upon graduation she was hired by a high-profile litigator in Hawai‘i, where she established her reputation as a skilled and successful lawyer in criminal, personal injury and other civil litigation matters. After 7 years, in 1985 Ms. Pavey started her own firm and continued to focus primarily on plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, including those involving medical/legal malpractice and defective products causing substantial physical and/or economic damages. She also continued to handle selected criminal, wrongful termination and sexual harassment cases and worked on construction and contract litigation as well.
Ms. Pavey was one of the lead litigators representing minority shareholders in a closely held corporation involving a federally regulated institution in which both direct and derivative claims were prosecuted. That was successfully resolved in 2008. That lawsuit brought her to Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher in September 2008 where she will continue to work on commercial and corporate litigation matters, as well as professional negligence cases involving serious physical and economic damages.
Judith Ann Pavey has been named 2013 Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Litigation-Banking & Finance and 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Product Liability Litigation. She has also been named 2017 Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Legal Malpractice Law. Ms. Pavey is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Legal Malpractice Law, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiff, Product Liability Plaintiff, Litigation-Banking & Finance and Commercial Litigation. Ms. Pavey is recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Plaintiff, and by Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation: General Commercial. She has also been selected for inclusion to the Hawaii Super Lawyers list, Business Litigation, and selected to the 2016 Hawaii Super Lawyers, "Top 25" list. Ms. Pavey has the highest rating (AV) from Martindale Hubbell for both her skill and ethics.
What People Say About Ms. Pavey:
"Judith Pavey is praised for the tenacity and persistence she brings to her litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice."
Chambers and Partners, USA Directory of America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012
"A very skilled trial lawyer."
Chambers and Partners, USA Directory of America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013
"Judith Pavey is representing various Hawaiian consumers in a class action suit against Volkswagen regarding its use of a 'defeat device' to cheat in EPA emissions tests. Interviewees note that "she's been around a long time and has a very varied practice." She specializes in medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability claims"
Chambers and Partners, USA Directory of America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016
"Judith Pavey is one of the best attorneys. She is really concerned about the client, understands the problems, and is so knowledgable in litigation matters. She is a person of high ethics and has great perseverance in her work. She is dedicated, hardworking, and trustworthy."
Best Lawyers, Client Comment
Judy Pavey is singled out for her depth of experience litigating plaintiff’s personal injury cases in addition to medical and professional malpractice. She is called “extremely personable” and effective in communicating to both juries and judges.
Benchmark Litigation Comment
Medical Malpractice, Settlement $7M
At birth, C.S’ had a shunt implanted into the head to relieve pressure from hydrocephalus. Since the implantation, the shunt developed a history of malfunctioning. It is standard practice to be acutely aware of changes in the child’s medical condition, because the changes can signal a shunt malfunction, which, if left untreated, can result in brain damage. There was, in this case, both a failure to investigate changes that had been noted over the days leading up to the ER visit, and then once C.S.’ condition was bad enough that the mother rushed the child to the emergency room, the staff and the neurosurgical team did not attend to C.S. with the required urgency. By the time the neurosurgeon physically observed C.S. in the ER, the child's condition was so dire that they performed surgery right in the ER. The delay resulted in severe brain damage.
Mameas of Hawaii Win $7.5M Tripler Verdict (Click to watch news story)
Judith Ann Pavey - Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Attorney