Litigation

US News & World Report-Best Lawyers in America®,"Best Law Firms", 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 recognizes the firm as the 2020 - 2022 Litigation Law Firm of the Year-Hawaii and a  "Highly Recommended" law firm. Additionally, our litigation attorneys are recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, Benchmark Litigation,  Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, and Martindale-Hubbell®.

Areas of Expertise

  • 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
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord-Tenant Disputes
  • Lender Liability Disputes
  • Medical Malpractice Law
  • Mold Litigation
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Trust and Estates Litigation

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.

Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher Litigation Attorneys

DIRECTORS

A. Bernard Bays has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America© and selected to the “Top 25," Hawaii Super Lawyers® list.  Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and the Supreme Court of Hawaii. Mr. Bays is one of only two Hawaii lawyers who are certified by the NBTA.

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

Doug Chin has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© list, named a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation and is rated AV Preeminent®Martindale-Hubbell's® highest rating possible, for his skill and integrity. Mr. Chin served as Hawaii Attorney General, appointed by Governor David Ige.

Andrew J. Lautenbach has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© list in the practice areas of Real Estate, Construction and Commercial Litigation, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners 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.

Sharon V. Lovejoy has been selected for inclusion by Benchmark Litigation’sTop 250 Women in Litigation in the United States”(2011-14) and Pacific Business News’ 2018 “Women Who Mean Business”.  Ms. Lovejoy has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America©,  multiple times, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, named a "Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation, is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is a Fellow of the Federal Bar Foundation.

Maile S. Miller has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America©, Ones to Watch list, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star” list each year since 2018, named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation 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.

Judith Ann Pavey has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America©, in the practice areas of Litigation-Banking & Finance(twice), Product Liability Litigation (twice) and Medical Malpractice Law, selected to the "Top 25" Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners 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.

Terence J. O’Toole, has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America© in the practice areas of Litigation-Banking & Finance (twice), Bet-The-Company Litigation (twice) and Appellate Practice (three times). 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 and Benchmark Litigation.

Paul H. Sato is Counsel to the firm. Mr. Sato has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© list and is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell's®  highest rating possible for legal skill and integrity. Mr. Sato is a seasoned Hawaii litigation attorney who has over 45 years of experience and focuses on commercial litigation, real estate law, corporate law and administrative law. 

Stephanie E.W. Thompson has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© list, selected to the 2021 Hawaii Super Lawyers® list 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 the 2015 Chairperson of the Litigation Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.

ASSOCIATES

Robert J. Brown has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America©, Ones to Watch list and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers®, "Rising Star" list since 2019. Mr. Brown focuses his practice in the area of civil litigation.  He is admitted to the Hawaii Bar, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.  Mr. Brown earned his Juris Doctor from William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brown served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the City & County of Honolulu. He prosecuted more than 20 felony jury trials on charges ranging from drug possession to murder. 

Kukui Claydon has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America©, Ones to Watch list, and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers®, "Rising Star" list each year since 2018. Ms. 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 has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America©, Ones to Watch list and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers®, "Rising Star" list.  Mr. 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.

Kari K. Noborikawa focuses her practice in the area of commercial litigation and is admitted to the D.C. and Hawaii Bar. Ms. Noborikawa earned her Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School graduating with honors. During law school, she was a legal intern at the United States Department of Justice, Admiralty and Aviation Tort Litigation Branch, as well as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, serving the Chambers of the Honorable Reggie B. Walton.

Eric S. Robinson focuses his practice in the area of commercial litigation. Mr. Robinson is admitted to the Hawaii Bar, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law. In law school. Mr. Robinson received numerous CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in courses including: Secured Transactions, Real Property II, and Real Estate Development & Finance.  Mr. Robinson was also Managing Editor of the University of Hawaii Law Review, Vol. 42. He received the Gregory Conlan Memorial Scholarship and WSRSL Achievement Scholarship.