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 The 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
Trevor A. Brown is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© for both business and litigation matters, named “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 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.
Norman H.Y.Cheng is Managing Director of the firm. Mr. Cheng has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© list, selected to the “Top 25” Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, is in Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Cheng is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest rating possible for his skill and integrity. He practices in the area of real estate law, and participates on many non-profit boards.
Duane R. Fisher has been recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America©, in the practice areas of Corporate Law and Business Organizations (Including LLCs and Partnerships), selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list and recognized by Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, for Real Estate and Corporate Law.
Ivan M. Lui-Kwan has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in Honolulu by The Best Lawyers in America©, 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).
Kenneth B. Marcus has been selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, in Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, and named "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, by The Best Lawyers in America© 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.
Christina N. Ohira has been named to The Best Lawyers in America© list, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® Rising Star list, and has received Martindale-Hubbell's® highest possible AV Preeminent® rating for her legal skill and integrity. Ms. Ohira concentrates her practice in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions.
Lindsay E. Orman has been named to The Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch list, 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 each year since 2018. Ms. 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. 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 has been named to The Best Lawyers in America©: Ones to Watch list, selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list and is rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest rating possible for her skill and integrity. Ms. Strona represents clients in the areas of real estate purchases and sales, leasing, development, and land use. Her practice also includes commercial transactions and business formation and structuring. She is admitted to the Hawaii Bar, and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law.
Cori J. Grunenwald works with both transactional and litigation teams assisting in drafting commercial real estate transaction documents, drafting litigation filings and litigation case research. Ms. Grunenwald is admitted to practice in Hawaii and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. Ms. Grunenwald earned her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School where she was a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.
Lauren K.O. Kagawa has been selected to the 2021 Hawaii Super Lawyers® “Rising Star” list. Ms.Kagawa focuses her practice in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions. She earned her Juris Doctor from University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, 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