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.