Hawaii Litigation

Litigation

US News & World Report, Best Law Firm - Tier 1 Litigators

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher has been recognized each year by US News & World Report-Best Lawyers in America® “Best Law Firms,” since the award’s inception in 2010. The respected national publication ranks the firm’s litigation attorneys among the best in Hawaii in numerous practice areas.

Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate have both recognized the law firm as a highly recommended law firm. Additionally, our litigation attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate, Benchmark PlaintiffChambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, and Martindale-Hubbell®.

Areas of Expertise

  • Antitrust Law
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Banking and Finance Litigation
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business and Partnership Disputes
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • Eminent Domain
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Foreclosure
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes Legal Malpractice Law
  • Lender Liability Disputes
  • Medical Malpractice Law
  • Mold Litigation
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Trust and Estates Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense

OUR PRACTICE STYLE

Our Honolulu litigation law firm possesses some of the most experienced and recognized trial attorneys and real estate attorneys in Hawaii.

Our litigation lawyers have a simple practice style: Work hard and fight hard for our clients—with passion, skill, and diligence.

Accolades for Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher Litigation Attorneys

Terence J. O’Toole, has been named Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, in the practice areas of Litigation-Banking & Finance (twice), Bet-The-Company Litigation and Appellate Practice (twice). He has been selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, and named a “Star” by Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers in Business, Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate and Benchmark Plaintiff.

Sharon V. Lovejoy has been included in Benchmark Litigations “Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States” list,(2011-2014).  Ms. Lovejoy has been named Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, in the practice areas of Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and in Litigation-Banking & Finance, and is recognized in other areas including commercial litigation and real estate litigation, has been selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers in Business, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Federal Bar Foundation.

Trevor A. Brown has been selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, Business Litigation, recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in ten separate categories,named Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, named in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers in Business and Chambers High Net Worth Guidenamed a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and has served as Chair of the Litigation Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association. 

Mark J. Bennett has been selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list seven consecutive years in the practice area of Business Litigation, named by Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, in the field of Appellate Practice (twice) and ranked Tier 1 by Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business.  Mr. Bennett is a former Hawaii State Attorney General, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Judith Ann Pavey has been named Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, Litigation-Banking & Finance and Product Liability Litigation, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business, and a member of the American Board of Trial Lawyers, American Association of Justice and the American Inns of Court.  Ms. Pavey is highly recognized for her experience with both commercial and personal injury litigation.

Andrew J. Lautenbach has been named to Best Lawyers in America® list, Real Estate and Commercial Litigation, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business and named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation.  Mr. Lautenbach is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbells® highest possible rating for his skill and integrity, and serves as a Director on the Board of the Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

SENIOR LITIGATION ATTORNEYS

Stephanie E.W. Thompson has been selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, as a “Rising Star” and named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation. Ms. Thompson is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell's® highest rating possible for skill and integrity, and served as 2015 Chairperson of the Litigation Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

ASSOCIATES

Maile S. Miller represents clients in litigation matters. Ms. Miller served as a summer associate for the firm, and as a research assistant  at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Manoa.

Kukui Claydon focuses her practice in the area of commercial litigation. Ms. Claydon is admitted to the Hawaii Bar, and earned her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating with honors.

John W. Kelly focuses his practice in the area of commercial litigation, with particular concentration in intellectual property rights. Mr. Kelly is admitted to the New York and Hawaii Bar and earned his Juris Doctor from New York Law School.

Chris R. Ford focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on appeals and motions practice.  He has extensive experience in federal preemption, consumer products litigation, antitrust litigation and insurance matters.   He is admitted to the Hawaii, District of Columbia, and Virginia Bars.

What People Say About Us

"A top-notch law firm — highly impressive. Strategic thinkers with an uncommon ability to sift through complex issues to get to common-sense solutions.”
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"The individuals we work with come with high recommendations and take an assertive stance.”
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher has built an impressive reputation as a go-to litigation firm for regional and global corporations with diverse interests within the state, the mainland and abroad. ‘They are super talented, super smart and have a team approach that complements each others’ skills. They give very sound advice.’”
Benchmark Litigation, Comment

"… We selected the firm based on their excellent reputation as a boutique litigation firm. I would stack this firm up against any of the other firms we use for litigation and it would be right up there.”
Benchmark Appellate, Comment

“I went to a trusted advisor and asked who I should hire to represent us in a very important litigation. This gentleman recommended Starn O’Toole. We have hired them to represent us in two subsequent litigations. The partners at this firm are extremely smart, talented, aggressive, and hard working. This firm is far superior and more capable than other similar firms." Benchmark Appellate, Comment

"Outstanding work. They are well prepared, flexible and client-centric."
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

"They're thorough and detailed, and have a very quick response time."
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

The ‘brilliant, strategic and analytical’ Terence O'Toole 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 Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

Former Attorney General Mark Bennett earns considerable praise for his expertise in commercial and appellate litigation, antitrust and government relations. One impressed source commented: ‘He's certainly tier-one caliber.’”
Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, Comment

Sharon Lovejoy’s “name is met with praise from clients, peers, and competitors alike as an excellent litigator. She ‘is thorough, extremely smart, tactical, and strategic’ and is described as the obvious choice for her “very sound litigation advice.’”
Benchmark Litigation, Comment; Best Lawyers Client Comment

Trevor Brown ”is characterized by peers as having ‘an analytical mind that is on a different level.’ Clients echo this praise, calling Brown ‘meticulous’ and ‘extremely quick with his response time.’”
Benchmark Litigation, Comment

Judy Pavey” is singled out for her depth of experience litigating plaintiff’s personal injury cases in addition to medical and professional malpractice. She is called ‘extremely personable’ and effective in communicating to both juries and judges.”
Benchmark Litigation, Comment

Peers widely recognize Andrew Lautenbach’s versatility and strength, for which they identify him as ‘a definite rising star.’”
Benchmark Litigation, Comment