Distinctions

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher is a leader among Hawaii’s law firms, recognized for its expertise in real estate law, commercial transactions and complex commercial litigation in Hawaii, the US mainland and internationally. The firm’s intellectual power, mental strength and toughness generate winning strategies, strong negotiations and innovative settlements for clients. Above all, the firm’s passion for excellence and responsive client service has earned an international reputation for extraordinary client results.

Accolades

Top AV Preeminent® Rated Firm - Martindale-Hubbell®

Ranked "Tier 1" among Hawaii law firms- “Best Law Firms®

23 Practice Areas

41 “Lawyer of the Year” Recognitions - The Best Lawyers in America® (2011-2024)

Named in 15 Practice Areas

Administrative/Regulatory Law
Appellate Practice
Banking & Finance Litigation
Bet-The-Company Litigation
Business Organizations
Civil Rights Law
Closely Held Companies & Family Businesses Law
Corporate Law
Government Relations Law
Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants
Medical Malpractice Law
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Product Liability Litigation
Securities Litigation
 
14 Best Lawyers® – The Best Lawyers in America®,
6 Selected to "Ones to Watch®"
Named in 36 Practice Areas
 
9 Lawyers Among the "Top 25" Lawyers in Hawaii, Super Lawyers® List 
 
14 Hawaii Super Lawyers®, Super Lawyers® List
9 Hawaii Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars List
Business Litigation – Real Estate Law – IP Litigation
 
Lawyer Named “Star” by Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business
Commercial Litigation 
 
13 Lawyers Ranked by
Chambers and Partners USA Directory Leading Lawyers for Business
Business Litigation – Real Estate Law - Corporate/Commercial Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
 
Firm and 2 Lawyers Ranked by 
Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide
Private Wealth Law
 
 Selected “Litigation Law Firm of the Year-Hawaii”
Benchmark Litigation
(2020 -  2022, 2024)
 
Lawyer Named “Top 250 Women in Litigation”- Benchmark Litigation
(2011-2014)
 
6 Lawyers Named "Litigation Stars" by Benchmark Litigation,
Two "Future Stars"
Highly Recommended Law Firm

Best Places To Work by Hawaii Business Magazine 

AV Preeminent® Rating By Martindale-Hubbell®
Law Firm Rated AV Preeminent®
17 Lawyers Rated AV Preeminent® 

A. Bernard Bays, Trevor A. Brown, Norman H.Y. Cheng, Douglas S. Chin, Duane R. Fisher, Andrew J. Lautenbach, Sharon V. Lovejoy, Ivan M. Lui-Kwan, Kenneth B. Marcus, Maile S. Miller, Christine N. Ohira, Lindsay E. Orman, Terence J. O’Toole, Judith Ann Pavey, Paul H. Sato, Sara S.T. Strona, Stephanie E.W. Thompson 

“Best Law Firms®

Ranked “Tier 1” in Hawaii in 23 Specialties

Best Lawyers in America®-“Lawyer of the Year”
More “Lawyers of the Year” than any other Hawaii Law Firm (2014, 2015)
Lawyer of the Year (2015) A. Bernard Bays Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants
Lawyer of the Year (2017) Trevor A. Brown Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Lawyer of the Year (2019) Trevor A. Brown Closely Held Companies & Family Business Law
Lawyer of the Year (2020, 2023) Trevor A. Brown Securities Litigation
Lawyer of the Year (2022, 2024) Trevor A. Brown Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants
Lawyer of the Year (2023) Douglas S. Chin Civil Rights Law
Lawyer of the Year (2015) Duane R. Fisher Corporate Law
Lawyer of the Year (2020, 2023) Duane R. Fisher Business Organizations
Lawyer of the Year (2014, 2022) Sharon V. Lovejoy Banking & Finance Litigation
Lawyer of the Year (2015, 2019, 2024) Sharon V. Lovejoy Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Lawyer of the Year (2020) Sharon V. Lovejoy Appellate Practice
Lawyer of the Year (2015,2018, 2023) Ivan M. Lui-Kwan Government Relations Practice
Lawyer of the Year (2022, 2024) Ivan M. Lui-Kwan Administrative/Regulatory Law
Lawyer of the Year (2016) Kenneth B. Marcus Business Organizations
Lawyer of the Year (2017) Kenneth B. Marcus Mergers & Acquisitions
Lawyer of the Year (2011, 2019, 2023) Terence J. O’Toole Bet-The-Company Litigation
Lawyer of the Year (2012, 2015, 2024) Terence J. O’Toole Banking & Finance Litigation
Lawyer of the Year (2014, 2018) Terence J. O’Toole Appellate Practice
Lawyer of the Year (2022, 2024) Terence J. O’Toole  Appellate Practice
Lawyer of the Year (2013, 2018, 2023) Judith Ann Pavey Banking & Finance Litigation
Lawyer of the Year (2014, 2019) Judith Ann Pavey Product Liability Litigation
Lawyer of the Year (2020, 2023) Judith Ann Pavey Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiff

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America©

A. Bernard Bays
Land Use & Zoning Law
Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants
Real Estate Litigation
Trusts & Estates Litigation
Trevor A. Brown

Appellate Practice
Arbitration
Business Organizations
Closely Held Companies & Family Business
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
Corporate Law
Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law
Legal Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Litigation
Securities Litigation
Trusts & Estate Litigation

Norman H.Y. Cheng
Business Organizations
Leisure & Hospitality Law
Real Estate Law
Douglas S. Chin
Administrative/Regulatory Law
Appellate Practice
Civil Rights Law
Commercial Litigation
Government Relations Practice
Duane R. Fisher

Business Organizations
Construction Law
Corporate Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Leisure & Hospitality Law
Real Estate Law

Andrew J. Lautenbach

Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
Real Estate Litigation

Sharon V. Lovejoy

Appellate Practice
Arbitration
Banking & Finance Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law
Environmental Litigation
Land Use & Zoning Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Defendants
Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Qui Tam Law

Ivan M. Lui-Kwan
Administrative/Regulatory Law
Government Relations Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Leisure & Hospitality Law
Real Estate Law
Kenneth B. Marcus

Business Organizations
Commercial Finance
Leisure & Hospitality Law
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Real Estate Law

Christina N. Ohira

Business Organizations
Commercial Finance
Commercial Transaction/UCC Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Real Estate Law

Terrence J. O'Toole

Appellate Practice
Arbitration
Bet-The-Company Litigation
Banking & Finance Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law
Land Use & Zoning Litigation
Mergers & Acquisition Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Mass Tort/Class Action-Plaintiffs

Judith Ann Pavey
Appellate Practice
Arbitration
Banking & Finance Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
Medical Malpractice Law
Personal Injury Litigation
Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs
Paul H. Sato

Commercial Litigation
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Litigation

Stephanie E.W. Thompson

Appellate Practice
Commercial Litigation
Real Estate Litigation

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America©, "Ones to Watch"

Kukui Claydon

Commercial Litigation
Construction Litigation
Real Estate Litigation

John W. Kelly

Commercial Litigation
IP Litigation
Real Estate Litigation

Lauren K.O. Kagawa

Real Estate Law

Maile S. Miller

Commercial Litigation
Environmental Litigation
Land Use & Zoning Law
Real Estate Litigation

Lindsay E. Orman

Appellate Practice
Business Organizations
Corporate Law
Eminent Domain Law
Land Use & Zoning Law
Government Relations Practice
Real Estate Law

Sara S.T. Strona

Business Organizations
Corporate Law
Real Estate Law

"Top 25" Lawyers in Hawaii, Super Lawyers® List
More “Top 25” attorneys than any other Hawaii Law Firm, (2011,2014, 2020, 2021)

Norman H.Y. Cheng Real Estate Law 2021-2024
Duane R. Fisher
Real Estate Law
2014,2020-2024
Kenneth B. Marcus
Real Estate Law
2011-2012,2014
A. Bernard Bays Business Litigation 2008, 2010-2021
Trevor A. Brown Business Litigation 2015, 2018-2022, 2024
Andrew J. Lautenbach Business Litigation 2024
Sharon V.Lovejoy Business Litigation 2023-2024
Terence J. O’Toole Business Litigation 2011,2020
Judith A. Pavey Business Litigation 2016

Selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® List

Norman H.Y. Cheng Real Estate Law
Duane R. Fisher Real Estate Law
Ivan M. Lui-Kwan (2017,2018) Real Estate Law
Kenneth B. Marcus Real Estate Law
Christina N. Ohira Real Estate Law
Lindsay E. Orman Real Estate Law
Lauren K.O. Kagawa Real Estate Law, Rising Star
Nicole H. Kim Real Estate Law, Rising Star
Sara S.T. Strona Real Estate Law, Rising Star
Cori S. Terayama Real Estate law, Rising Star
A. Bernard Bays Business Litigation
Trevor A. Brown Business Litigation
Douglas S. Chin Business Litigation
Andrew J. Lautenbach Business Litigation
Sharon V. Lovejoy Business Litigation
Terence J. O'Toole Business Litigation
Judith Ann Pavey Business Litigation
Stephanie E.W. Thompson Business Litigation
Kukui Claydon Business Litigation, Rising Star
Maile S. Miller Business Litigation, Rising Star
Kari K. Noborikawa Business Litigation, Rising Star
Eric S. Robinson Business Litigation, Rising Star
John W. Kelly IP Litigation, Rising Star

Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers For Business

Litigation, Firm, Band “1”
Real Estate Law, Firm, Band “2”
Corporate Commercial, Firm, Band “2”

“Star”, Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business

Terence J. O’Toole Litigation/General Commercial

Recognized by Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers For Business

Kenneth B. Marcus Real Estate Law, Band 1
Duane R. Fisher Real Estate Law, Band 2
Norman H.Y. Cheng Real Estate Law, Band 3
Trevor A. Brown Real Estate Law, Band 3
Lindsay E. Orman Real Estate Law, Up and Coming
Ivan M. Lui-Kwan Land Use & Zoning Law, Band 3
Duane R. Fisher Corporate Commercial, Band 2
Kenneth B. Marcus Corporate Commercial, Band 2
Terence J. O'Toole Litigation/General Commercial, Star
Sharon V. Lovejoy Litigation/General Commercial, Band 1
Stephanie E.W. Thompson Litigation/General Commercial, Band 2
Douglas S. Chin Litigation/General Commercial, Band 2
Trevor A. Brown Litigation/General Commercial, Band 3
Andrew J. Lautenbach Litigation/General Commercial, Band 3
Judith Ann Pavey Litigation/General Commercial, Band 3

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide (2017-2023)
Private Wealth Law, Tier 1

Trevor A. Brown Private Wealth Law
Christina N. Ohira Private Wealth Law
Selected “Litigation Law Firm of the Year-Hawaii” Benchmark Litigation(2020 - 2022)

“Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States”, Benchmark Litigation, (2011-2014)
 
Sharon V. Lovejoy      Litigation Star

Benchmark Litigation
Highly Recommended Firm

Trevor A. Brown Litigation Star
Douglas S. Chin Litigation Star
Andrew J. Lautenbach Litigation Star
Sharon V. Lovejoy Litigation Star
Terence J. O'Toole Litigation Star
Judith Ann Pavey Litigation Star
Stephanie E.W. Thompson Future Star
Maile S. Miller Future Star

 

“Best Places To Work” by Hawaii Business Magazine