Terence J. O'Toole

Hawaii litigation lawyer Terence O’Toole is a director of the Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher law firm. He manages the firm’s litigation department and has over 45 years experience in the area of commercial and complex litigation. Mr. O'Toole has been named 2011 Bet-The-Company, "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, 2012 Banking & Finance Litigation, "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, Appellate Practice and 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, Banking and Finance Litigation, by Best Lawyers in America. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America; in ("Appellate Practice", "Arbitration", "Bet-The-Company”, "Commercial Litigation", "Construction Litigation", "Banking & Finance Litigation", "Mergers & Acquisitions", and "Real Estate Litigation”).  He is recognized by Chambers USA as a Star, and one of the top Leading Lawyers in Band 1 Litigation for commercial litigation.  Mr. O'Toole has been selected for inclusion to the Top 25, 2011 Hawaii Super Lawyers list. Mr. O'Toole is also recognized as a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate and Benchmark Plaintiff.

Trial Experience

Although Mr. O’Toole’s practice includes a full range of Hawaii litigation matters, his primary area of emphasis is trial work involving real estate litigation, hospitality industry related litigation, construction claims and disputes, lender liability and international claims and litigation.

Acknowledged as a leading Hawaii commercial litigation attorney, Mr. O’Toole has been lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials in federal and state courts in California and Hawaii; and he has represented multi-national companies on claims and litigation matters arising out of other venues in the Pacific Rim.  He has also handled numerous arbitrations under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and similar organizations.

Some examples of Mr. O’Toole’s work include:

Hotel & Hospitality Industry Litigation.  Represented local, national and international companies involved in the hotel and hospitality industry, including owners and operators of hotels and resorts.  Representation has included disputes involving owner-operator agreements and consumer class action involving mold related issues.

Lender Liability Litigation.  Represents major local, national and international banks in lender related disputes, including complex lender liability cases tried to juries in Hawaii and California.

Construction Claims and Disputes.  Represented owners/developers, national and international architectural, engineering and construction firms in building failure, environmental issues, construction deficiency and delay damage claims in California, Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.

Real Estate Litigation and Disputes.  Representation involves a wide range of clients and issues, including development rights, governmental permitting and entitlement issues and environmental issues.

Corporate Litigation.  Represented publicly traded and local companies in disputes involving shareholder rights, corporate governance and control related matters.

Wrongful Termination/Employment Disputes.  Represented employers and employees in actions involving sex, race and age discrimination and wrongful termination.

Americans with Disabilities Act. Represented local, national and international companies in ADA matters including federal court claims tried to a jury.

Representative Clients Include:  Hilton Hotels, Bank of Hawaii, American Savings Bank, Safeway, Intrawest, Ledcor Construction, Aston Hotels & Resorts, ResortQuest Hawaii, Kuilima Resort Company and Wal-Mart.

What People Say About Mr. O'Toole:

"Mr. O'Toole is an experienced, no-nonsense, practical litigator... I have no hesitation in providing an unqualified recommendation of Mr. O'Toole."
Best Lawyers Client Comment

Litigation department manager Terence O'Toole is "amazingly talented in depositions and always manages to get pertinent information for cases." He has recently handled a number of complex and high-value matters for many of the firm's key clients.
Chambers and Partners, USA Directory for America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation, General Commercial

"Accomplished litigator" Terence O'Toole is a renowned expert in complex commercial and real estate disputes.
Chambers and Partners, USA Directory for America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation, General Commercial

"Terence O'Toole is described by one enthusiastic peer as being "in a class of his own, and very adept."
Chambers and Partners, USA Directory for America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation, General Commercial

"The "brilliant, strategic and analytical" Terence O'Toole heads the litigation department. He is consistently singled out as a top practitioner in the field of commercial litigation, with one source noting: "When I watched him in court I was extremely impressed. His organization and ability are both really good."
Chambers and Partners, USA Directory for America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation, General Commercial

"Highlighted as "a very good litigator," Terence O'Toole leads the firm's litigation practice and has over 40 years of experience in this sphere. Sources state: "He has a very active practice and a lot of talent. He is a pleasure to work with.”
Chambers and Partners, USA Directory for America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation, General Commercial

O’Toole is unanimously revered by peers and clients who praise his ability to both “see the bigger picture and focus in on the bulls eye.”
Benchmark Litigation Comment