Government Affairs & Administrative Law

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s Government Affairs and Administrative Law attorneys provide strategic advice and assistance to clients in their dealings with state and local government.

At the state level, we work with state agencies such as the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Education, Historic Preservation Division, and the Department of Taxation, on a variety of client projects. For example, we routinely appear before the Board of Land and Natural Resources (the governing body of the Department of Land and Natural Resources) in public hearings to obtain leases, licenses, permits and other approvals from the Board.

On the county level, we work with agencies such as the City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting, the County of Hawaii Planning Department, and the Maui County Planning Department to advance client projects and to obtain permits for development.

We also advise our clients on state and local legislative matters before the Hawaii State Legislature, Honolulu City Council and other county legislative bodies, and work closely with lawmakers and administrators on behalf of our clients. We have successfully drafted legislation that has become law, including amendments to the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu Land Use Ordinance, and have successfully opposed legislation that is adverse to our clients’ interests.

Government Affairs and Administrative Law Attorneys at Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher

Directors

Doug Chin is named to the The Best Lawyers in America© list and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®. Mr. Chin served as Hawaii Attorney General, appointed by Governor David Ige.

Duane R. Fisher is co-founder of the firm, named a “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America©, selected to the “Top 25” Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business and is recognized for his expertise in real estate, corporate and construction law.

Ivan M. Lui-Kwan has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America©, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list and rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®. Mr. Lui-Kwan is the Ambassador to the US for the Maori King Tuheitia, and National Board Member of The American Judicature Society. He is Past Chairman of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board. Mr. Lui-Kwan was the recipient of the “2014 Lifetime Achievement Award” given by Pacific Edge Magazine.

Sharon V. Lovejoy has been selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation in the United States” (2011-2014). Ms. Lovejoy has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America© multiple times, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Benchmark Litigation, in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and the Federal Bar Foundation.

Lindsay E. Orman is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® "Rising Star" list in the practice area of Real Estate Law since 2018. Ms. Orman is a registered lobbyist with the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, and Hawaii County. She assists clients with drafting proposed legislation and testimony, preparing legal analyses, meeting with key stakeholders, and complying with campaign spending and other reporting requirements. Ms. Orman is a member of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association Government Affairs Committee.

Associates

Maile S. Miller has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021 Ones to Watch list, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers®, "Rising Star" list each year since 2018, and is rated AV Preeminent®  by Martindale-Hubbell®. Ms. Miller represents clients in litigation matters. Ms. Miller is admitted to the Hawaii Bar, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law. 

Sara S. T. Strona has been selected to the 2020 Hawaii Super Lawyers®, "Rising Star" list in the practice area of Real Estate Law. Ms. Strona focuses her practice in the areas of real estate, commercial transactions, and business structure and operations. She is admitted to the Hawaii Bar, and earned her Juris Doctor from the William S. Richardson School of Law.