US News & World Report-Best Lawyers in America®,"Best Law Firms", Tier 1 Litigators
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation powerhouse has extensive experience, including significant jury and non-jury trial work, in complex commercial litigation encompassing business law, and corporate, contract and accounting issues related to real estate development, corporate ownership and management, the hotel and hospitality industry, environmental matters, construction claims, lender liability, class actions and personal injury matters.
Our respected team has trial expertise before State and Federal courts, including the US Supreme Court, and has served as litigation general counsel before courts in foreign jurisdictions.
When clients are faced with complex commercial issues concerning matters in Hawaii and beyond, the firm’s attorneys are amongst a handful of select “go-to” lawyers.
Our firm 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.
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, Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ and Martindale-Hubbell®.
Areas of Expertise:
Arbitration and Mediation
Banking and Finance Litigation
Business and Partnership Disputes
Complex Commercial Litigation
Consumer Class Actions
Legal Malpractice Law-Defendants
Lender Liability Disputes
Medical Malpractice Law
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
Personal Injury Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Real Estate Litigation
Trust and Estates Litigation
Our Practice Style: Our team includes some of the most experienced and highly recognized trial attorneys in Hawaii.
Our litigators have a simple practice style: Work hard and fight hard for our clients—with passion, skill, and diligence.
What people say about Mr. O’Toole: "O’Toole is unanimously revered by peers and clients who praise his ability to both 'see the bigger picture and focus in on the bulls eye.’” Benchmark Litigation Comment
What people say about Ms. Lovejoy: "Sharon Lovejoy tirelessly works to find optimal litigation strategies. Her real estate background combined with litigation knowledge gives her a formidable edge over competitors. She outsmarted opposition partners from one of the top three Honolulu firms in a very complex case.” Best Lawyers Client Comment
What people say about Mr. Brown: "He is extremely creative in arriving at legal solutions and thinks outside of the box. He will wake up at 2am with a brainwave and have solved the case. What a hero! His tireless effort and non-stop work is amazing. He is a tremendous talent.” Chambers USA
What people say about Ms. Pavey: "Of counsel Judith Pavey is considered a crucial part of the team by those in the market and regularly appears on high-profile international disputes. Her practice incorporates personal injury litigation, as well as product liability disputes.” Chambers USA
What people say about Mr. Lautenbach: "He brings an innate credibility to the presentation of an argument. He presents very well in front of the judge and jury and is naturally likable, so is a really hard competitor.” Chambers USA
What people say about Ms. Thompson: "When we got into a litigation matter in Hawaii, we got a reference to Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher. They not only exceed in their expertise, they understand the culture and politics of the area as well. Stephanie Thompson and the staff in particular showed impeccable integrity. Best Law Firms Comment
Eric S. Robinsonfocuses in the area of commercial litigation. He is admitted to the Hawaii Bar, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law.
Over the course of nearly three decades, Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher has cemented itself as Hawaii’s preeminent trial firm. Remaining steadfast from the phases of litigation to the courtroom, the Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher team is widely regarded as an authority in commercial disputes arising in real estate and a host of other practice areas. Sharon Lovejoy and Terence O’Toole, who have served as guiding forces among the firm’s team for nearly the entirety of its existence, remain active in representing numerous of the most prominent players in Hawaiian infrastructure and among the largest presences in the state’s real estate market in a wide variety of regards. They are joined in their laudable efforts by such practitioners as Trevor Brown, Douglas Chin, and Andrew Lautenbach.