Maile S. Miller, Honolulu Hotel Lawyer

Maile S. Miller

Associate

What People Say About Us

"A very aggressive litigation group with some highly talented lawyers."

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"A top notch law firm — highly impressive. Strategic thinkers with an uncommon ability to sift through complex issues to get to common-sense solutions."

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

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"An impressive reputation as a go to commercial litigation law firm for regional and global corporations."

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"We were looking for the best litigators in Hawaii, and we found them."

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"The team is praised for comprising"excellent attorneys"who are"highly knowledgeable."

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"thoughtful, creative problem solvers. They have the courage to challenge the client when it is their best interest."

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"They have been an excellent representative for us. They are thoughtful in their analysis of the situation, have explored a variety of available options, offered sound advice and followed through with persistence."

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"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher has excellent lawyers. They are great advisors, and are very professional and polished."

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"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher is an excellent and responsive firm that understands business needs and issues."

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"An excellent firm. Excellent service and very responsive, with well trained junior associates. They provide sound commercial advice."

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"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."

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"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."

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"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher is the best firm I’ve had the pleasure of working with over a 38 year career. To a person, they are all professional, caring, effective and ethical."

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"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher has strong partners and associates in both real estate and commercial litigation. They are well respected by peers and local judges."

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"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher is first rate. The level of professionalism is extraordinary, and the competence is off the charts. Their negotiating ability with opposing counsel was superb; professional, courteous, and firm. They were able therefore, to reach good settlements and serve us very well while maintaining fine relationships with opposing counsel. This is a confident firm, with confidence based on achievement."

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"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher is one of the best most competent firms and attorneys I have ever used."

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"I never cease to be surprised at the skills Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher brings in solving my legal issues. They are well connected and well regarded around town."

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"When we got into a litigation matter in Hawaii, we got a reference to Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher. They not only exceed in their expertise, they understand the culture and politics of the area as well. Stephanie Thompson and the staff in particular showed impeccable integrity. I usually refrain from participating in these types of surveys, but I wanted to share how great this firm is."

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"The attorneys at Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher have proved to be extremely efficient and responsive and while they are a top rate firm, their efficiency in work keeps costs reasonable. I enjoy and appreciate working with them, especially Ken Marcus."

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"Doug Chin, at Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, has been a wonderful partner in our government relations efforts. He is a consummate professional and well respected in our community, so he is able to open many doors for us. We appreciate our partnership with Doug and with Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher."

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"Stephanie and Trevor, at Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, helped us through a very difficult case with patience, compassion and diligence. Their attentiveness and candor got us the best possible outcome. I highly recommend!"

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"The real estate team at Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher are true professionals. They are very knowledgeable on matters of Hawaiian law, and take a practical business approach to negotiations and problem-solving. They possess excellent research, drafting and negotiating skills. The presence of a government relations capability at the firm is a definite plus. I have worked with the firm for many years and look forward to many more."

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Maile Miller is a vital member of the firm’s litigation team, representing clients in a variety of matters.  Ms. Miller’s practice focuses on construction, business, and land use litigation, frequently appearing before Hawaii’s State and Federal Courts, in addition to administrative agencies such as the City and County of Honolulu’s Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Ms. Miller represents a wide variety of corporate and public entity clients, ranging from Hawaii companies, to Fortune 500 firms, to international manufacturing corporations. 

Ms. Miller has been selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star” List in the practice area of Business Litigation (2018, 2019).

Ms. Miller is also active in the Hawaii Federal Bar’s pro bono program, assisting clients with their cases as they proceed through the federal court system.  Ms. Miller has been selected as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, and will serve in that position until 2022.

Examples of notable matters Ms. Miller has worked on include:

  • Represented a national grocery store chain in a complex construction dispute over defects in a flagship store.  The case involved multiple parties and claims, and was litigated for several years before ultimately settling shortly before trial.
  • Represented a Hawaii hardware company in an insurance bad faith dispute against its insurance carrier.  The case settled prior to trial.
  • Represented an international airplane manufacturing company over a products liability dispute relating to a helicopter crash.  The case settled shortly before trial.
  • Represented the estate of a deceased individual in a breach of contract action by a former service provider who sought over a million dollars in compensation.  A unanimous jury verdict in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii was entered in favor of the estate on all issues, and attorneys’ fees and costs were awarded.
  • Represented a national developer regarding a contract dispute brought by an individual purchaser of units.  The claims were successfully defeated on summary judgment before the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. 
  • Representing a national developer regarding entitlement and environmental claims.  Multiple cases are proceeding before the Zoning Board of Appeals, Circuit Court of the First Circuit in the State of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Supreme Court.
  • Representing a government agency in connection with the condemnation of dozens of property interests for major infrastructure improvements.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 international engineering, construction, and design firm in a construction dispute with a subcontractor relating to work done for a Federal Government project in Hawaii.

Prior to joining the firm in 2014, Ms. Miller served as Research Assistant to both Professor David Callies and Dean Aviam Soifer while she attended the William S. Richardson School of Law.