9 Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher Partners Named to Chambers and Partners USA 2019

April 28, 2019

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher is proud to announce that firm attorneys have been selected for inclusion to the 2019 Chambers and Partners USA, Leading Lawyers for Business list. This year the firm has nine attorneys recognized by Chambers USA.

Additionally, the firm has reached the upper tiers of the rankings, Tier 1 being the best, of ten levels.  The Litigation team has been ranked Tier 1, followed by the Real Estate and Corporate/Commercial teams ranked Tier 2.

Terence “Terry” O’Toole has once again been named a “Star”, an accolade reserved for the lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field. Mr. O'Toole has achieved this accolade for 10 consecutive years since 2009.

Terry O'Toole, Litigation Director

Sharon V. Lovejoy moved up to Tier 2 ranking this year.

 Sharon V. Lovejoy, Director

Peter Starn

Real Estate Law, Tier 1

From Chambers and Partners: "...is an esteemed heavyweight of Hawaii real estate, and with over 45 years' experience has developed a keen insight into the industry. Sources praise him for bringing an "unparalleled work ethic" to real estate projects, as well as for his strong business acumen. Sources also say: "I have had experiences with many, many attorneys, but I hold Peter far above any others."

Corporate Commercial, Tier 2

From Chambers and Partners:"...is a vastly respected figure in Hawaii, recognized for both his corporate know-how and real estate expertise. One client says: "Mr Starn brings laser-like focus to the problem. He researches carefully; then, as we go through both the negotiations and documentation, he is meticulous."

Peter Starn, Director

Terry O'Toole

Litigation, Star

From Chambers and Partners: "...is "a first-rate lawyer" who is held in the highest regard for his expertise in commercial litigation. One client was quick to point to his "overwhelming attention to detail," combined with an "amazing knowledge of construction matters." Further sources consider him "outstanding both in court and during negotiations" and "a tremendously effective courtroom advocate."

Ken Marcus

Real Estate Law, Tier 1

From Chambers and Partners: "...receives glowing recommendations from clients, who admire his "overwhelming attention to detail" in their dealings with him. His practice extends to real estate acquisitions, project development and sales. One source says: "He knows us and our business intimately, he's extremely responsive and gets things done quickly."

Ken Marcus, Director

Duane Fisher

Real Estate Law, Tier 2

"One source says: "I think very highly of Duane, and would highly recommend somebody to go see him.""

Corporate Commercial, Tier 3

From Chambers and Partners:"...is consistently lauded as "very good to work with; a very smart guy." His corporate work covers transactional and day-to-day operational issues for clients in the hotel and telecoms industries, among others.

Duane Fisher, Director

Sharon Lovejoy

Litigation, Tier 2

"One industry source comments on her prowess "as a tactician and in building a team," adding: "Her strength in the courtroom is a real talent.""

Trevor Brown

Litigation, Tier 3

From Chambers and Partners: "Market sources praise him as "very knowledgeable," noting that "he does excellent work. He's talented, smart and hard-working." 

Trevor Brown, Director

Judy Pavey

Litigation, Tier 3

From Chambers and Partners: "an enormous amount to any case - creativity, depth of thought and intellect." Clients consider him to be "a fine attorney," with one going on to state: "Trevor is an unbelievably detailed attorney. He looks at all the details, sees the risk and finds the solution."

Judy Pavey, Of Counsel

Andy Lautenbach

Litigation, Up and Coming

From Chambers and Partners:"One of the younger rising stars," Andrew Lautenbach is "committed to clients and cases, writes beautifully and knows how to put together a case." Clients consider him "personable, attentive, hard-working, diplomatic and very effective."

Andy Lautenbach, Director

Norman Cheng

Real Estate Law, Tier 3

From Chambers and Partners:"...is a very active attorney who is considered "extremely smart, diligent and responsive" by the clients he serves. His work in hotel and general commercial land acquisitions leads sources to describe him as a "deal-making attorney who pays attention to the details."

Norm Cheng, Managing Director

From Chambers and Partners:  What are the Chambers rankings?

Bands 1-6

Law firms and individual lawyers are ranked in bands from 1 (highest)-6 (lowest) and being ranked in any band is a significant achievement. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include:

-Technical legal ability
-Professional conduct
-Client service
-Commercial astuteness
-Diligence
-Commitment
-Other qualities most valued by the client (for further description of these please see methodology above)