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-US News & World Report-Best Lawyers© “Best Law Firms”

21 Practice Areas

36 “Lawyer of the Year” Recognitions - The Best Lawyers in America© (2011-2023)

More “Lawyers of the Year” than any other Hawaii Law Firm (2014, 2015)

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 List"
Named in 36 Practice Areas
 
7 Lawyers Among the "Top 25" Lawyers in Hawaii, Super Lawyers® List
More “Top 25” attorneys than any other Hawaii Law Firm
(2011, 2014, 2020, 2021)
 
11 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 
 
9 Lawyers Ranked by
Chambers and Partners USA Directory Leading Lawyers for Business
Business Litigation – Real Estate Law - Corporate/Commercial Law
 
Firm and Lawyer Ranked by 
Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide
Private Wealth Law
 
 Selected “Litigation Law Firm of the Year-Hawaii”
Benchmark Litigation
(2020 -  2022)
 
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
 
"Lifetime Achievement Award" Recipient by Pacific Edge Magazine

“Women Who Mean Business: Award Recipient by Pacific Business News

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, Doug 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 

US News & World Report - Best Lawyers in America©, “Best Law Firms”

Ranked “Tier 1” in Hawaii in 21 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) Trevor A. Brown Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants
Lawyer of the Year (2023) Doug 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) 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) 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) Terence J. O’Toole Banking & Finance Litigation
Lawyer of the Year (2014, 2018, 2022) 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

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
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

Real Estate Law

Doug Chin

Administrative/Regulatory Law
Civil Rights Law
Commercial Litigation
Government Relations Practice

Duane R. Fisher

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

Kenneth B. Marcus

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

Christina N. Ohira

Business Organizations
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
Land Use & Zoning Litigation
Mergers & Acquisition Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Mass Tort/Class Action-Plaintiffs

Judith Ann Pavey

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"

Robert J. Brown

Commercial Litigation
Criminal Defense:  General
Real Estate Litigation

Kukui Claydon

Commercial Litigation
Real Estate Litigation

John W. Kelly

Commercial Litigation
IP Litigation
Real Estate Litigation

Maile S. Miller

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

Lindsay E. Orman

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, 2022
Duane R. Fisher
Real Estate Law
2014,2020-2022
Kenneth B. Marcus
Real Estate Law
2011-2012,2014
A. Bernard Bays Business Litigation 2008, 2010-2021
Trevor A. Brown Business Litigation 2015, 2018-2021
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
Lauren K.O. Kagawa Real Estate Law, Rising Star
Christina N. Ohira (2017) Real Estate Law, Rising Star
Lindsay E. Orman  Real Estate Law, Rising Star
Sara S.T. Strona Real Estate Law, Rising Star
A. Bernard Bays Business Litigation
Trevor A. Brown 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
Robert J. Brown Business Litigation, Rising Star
Kukui Claydon Business Litigation, Rising Star
John W. Kelly Business Litigation, Rising Star
Maile S. Miller Business 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
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 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
Stephanie E.W. Thompson Litigation/General Commercial, Band 3

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide (2017-2022)
Private Wealth Law, Tier 2

Trevor A. Brown 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
Doug 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

2014 “Lifetime Achievement Award” Pacific Edge Magazine

Ivan M. Lui-Kwan

“Women Who Mean Business”, Pacific Business News (2018)

Sharon V. Lovejoy

“Best Places To Work” by Hawaii Business Magazine