US News & World Report, Best Law Firms, Tier 1 Real Estate Attorneys
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher is a Honolulu-based real estate law firm built on a foundation of focus and experience in, but not limited to, Hawaii real estate law. Our transactional attorneys represent owners, developers, buyers and sellers of developed and undeveloped real estate property in Hawaii, the US mainland and internationally.
Each member of the transactional team has been rated "AV Preeminent"® by Martindale-Hubbell®, by their peers for achieving the highest standards in professional ethics, integrity and legal knowledge. Members of the team have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list.
Our goal is to provide innovative solutions and powerful negotiations in all aspects of complex real estate transactions.
Hawaii real estate attorneys at our firm have opened doors for domestic and international business, hotel and resort and development clients by helping them navigate Hawaii’s complex land use and permitting laws.
Hawaii real estate transactional services include drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, strategic advice to buyers and sellers, assistance with structuring transactions and financing, conveyances, security instruments, negotiations for the issuance of title insurance and endorsements, conducting and coordinating complex due diligence investigations, interfacing with labor and tax counsel, and working with escrow companies through closing.
Our law firm also represents landlords and tenants in a variety of leasing matters involving commercial leases. We draft and negotiate ground leases, development leases, retail leases and office space leases.
Results Focused Hawaii Real Estate Law Attorneys
Peter Starn has been named a Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, in the practice area of Administrative/Regulatory Law, recognized by Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business for Real Estate and Corporate Law, and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list for Real Estate Law. Mr. Starn has practiced law for over 45 years, with a particular focus on the hotel and resort industry. Mr. Starn is a former Naval Aviator and a board member of the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
Kenneth B. Marcus has been selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, and Best Lawyers in America®, "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, for his work in Real Estate Law. Mr. Marcus is highly respected for his expertise in structuring complex hotel management agreements and authored the chapter for the Hawaii State Bar Association Real Estate Manual. He is a member of the prestigious International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC). Mr. Marcus served as vice chairman of the State of Hawaii Stadium Authority from 2004 to 2012, and has served as an officer and board member for numerous civic and charitable organizations.
Duane R. Fisher has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, in the practice area of Corporate Law, and selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list and Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, for Real Estate and Corporate Law.
Trevor A. Brown is recognized by Best Lawyers in America® for both business and litigation matters, named a Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, selected to the “Top 25” Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers High Net Worth Guide and named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. Mr. Brown is often called upon to work on client matters that require business and litigation strategy. Mr. Brown has particular expertise in working with trust related matters, and has successfully represented many clients in matters that required both transactional and litigation experience.
Ivan M. Lui-Kwan has been named by Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu, in the practice area of Government Relations Practice, is selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list and has a long standing AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Mr. Lui-Kwan was the recipient of the 2014 “Lifetime Achievement Award”, given by Pacific Edge Magazine. Mr. Lui-Kwan was volunteer chairman for Hawaii’s largest public works project, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART).
Norman H.Y.Cheng is Managing Director of the firm. Mr.Cheng has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, is in Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, and is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest rating possible for his skill and integrity. Mr.Cheng has particular expertise assisting family owned businesses of all sizes, and is on the board of the Iolani Schools Alumni Association.
Christina N. Ohira concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions and is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Real Estate Law and was selected to the 2017 Hawaii Super Lawyers® list as a Rising Star. Ms. Ohira graduated among the top students in her class from the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is an active member of the Hawaii State Bar’s Real Property and Financial Services Section.
Lindsay E. Orman represents clients in the areas of real estate acquisitions and sales, development, land use, permitting and entitlements issues, and other real estate and title matters. Ms. Orman was selected to the 2018 Hawaii Super Lawyers® list as a “Rising Star” in the practice area of Real Estate Law. She is a member of the Hawaii State Bar’s Real Property and Financial Services Section and a member of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
Sara S.T. 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.
Nainoa J. Watson focuses his practice in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions. He is admitted to the Hawaii Bar and a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association. Mr. Watson earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law graduating with honors.
Lauren K.O. Kagawa focuses her practice in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions. She earned her Juris Doctor from William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, graduating with honors. Ms. Kagawa is admitted to the Hawaii Bar.
Real Estate Law Practice Areas
- Commercial Leasing
- Complex Real Estate Transactions
- Conveyance & Security Instruments
- Due Diligence Investigations
- Escrow Transactions
- Landlord-Tenant Lease Negotiation
- Land Use Zoning
- Leasehold Transactions
- Strategic Advice to Buyers and Sellers
- Title Insurance and Endorsements
- Trust Matters
- Purchase and Sale Agreements
What People Say:
"Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher is a firm (and most importantly partner, Duane Fisher) I've used both personally and professionally for over 13 years and I couldn't ever think of using another firm. Duane is knowledgeable, creative, responsive and a great problem solver. Rates are fair for the product delivered and I really couldn't be happier. I can't say the same for many other firms I've used for specialty work over the years. I received top notch service from Duane and any other colleagues I've ever worked with. I recommend them without hesitation."
Best Lawyers in America®, Client Comment
"Absolutely outstanding! Great strategy and always very calm “under fire”. Imaginative at finding solutions to complex problems. Amazing attention to the smallest detail. In my Many decades of working with many law firms in the state I can honestly say that none of them rivals the Starn firm in the overall quality of their work product and professionalism."
Best Lawyers in America®, Client Comment
"Very commercial mindset with an excellent style communicating a thorough understanding without being overly complicated."
Best Lawyers in America®, Client Comment