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Best Attorneys in Hawaii

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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high profile and famous cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list represents some of the most highly accomplished lawyers currently practicing in Hawaii, including both civil law and criminal law.

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a statewide shortlist of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing law.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different areas of the law.
Mark S Davis
Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Michael K Livingston
Personal Injury and Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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David W. Barlow
Personal Injury Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Matthew Caulfield Winter
Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Loretta Sheehan
Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Gavin K. Doi
Child Custody / Visitation Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Danielle Beaver
Personal Injury and Social Security Disability Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Jeffrey Liebenguth
Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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James Jerome Stone
Personal Injury Lawyer
Honolulu, HI
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Mark Gallagher
Personal Injury Lawyer
Kailua, HI
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Hawaii Legal Resources

Hawaii Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

Hawaii State Bar Association - The Hawaii State Bar Association started out as a voluntary organization in 1899 and became formally designated a mandatory unified bar for members of the legal profession in 1989. The HSBSA's mission is to promote justice, serve the public, and improve the legal profession by maintaining an effective organizational structure, promoting the integrity of Hawaiian lawyers, eliminating prejudice, educating the public and increasing the availability of quality legal services to those on each island.
HAJ - Hawaii Association for Justice - The HAJ is a nonprofit professional association of attorneys who represent plaintiffs in personal injury and other civil cases throughout Hawaii. The organization provides networking opportunities and educational resources to its members including Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events. The Hawaii Association for Justice (HAJ) advocates for fair access to the civil justice system in Hawaii and the Constitutional right to a civil jury trial.
HACDL - Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - The Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (HACDL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the practice of criminal defense attorneys in the state of Hawaii. Members of the HACDL include both public defenders and private attorneys practicing in state and federal court. The HACDL enhances the legal training of criminal defense attorneys and provides a unified voice for its members. The HACDL is an affiliate organization of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

Law Schools in Hawaii

William S. Richardson School of Law - UH Law is an ABA-approved law school located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Founded in 1968, William S. Richardson School of Law is a Public school with approximately 330 students currently enrolled. The Juris Doctor or J.D. is the degree program offered for law students wishing to enter the legal profession and pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. View the Lawyer Legion profile and browse the alumni directory for this law school to learn more.

Hawaii Government and Court Resources

Department of Human Services of Hawaii

Department of Human Services of Hawaii - The Department of Human Services (DHS) in Hawaii oversees a diverse array of social service programs aimed at supporting the well-being and economic stability of individuals and families across the islands. DHS manages programs encompassing child welfare services, including child protective services, foster care, and adoption services. The department also oversees adult protective services, programs for individuals with disabilities, and services for the elderly, working to provide essential support and resources to improve the quality of life and promote self-sufficiency for Hawaii's residents in need.

Department of the Attorney General of Hawaii

Department of the Attorney General of Hawaii - The Department of the Attorney General of Hawaii is headed by the Attorney General, appointed by the Governor. Serving as the chief legal officer for the state, the department is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials. The Attorney General represents Hawaii in legal matters, both civil and criminal, and is actively involved in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state. The department oversees the enforcement of laws, issues legal opinions, and addresses various legal issues, including consumer protection, environmental regulations, and public safety.

Hawai‘i State Legislature

Hawai‘i State Legislature - The Hawaii State Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii House of Representatives. The Senate has 25 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 51 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for creating, amending, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties encompass formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy matters such as education, healthcare, and environmental regulations.

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations - The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) manages various responsibilities geared towards fostering a fair and safe work environment while supporting both employees and employers in the state. Its primary duties encompass administering unemployment insurance benefits, enforcing labor laws, overseeing workforce development programs, and ensuring workplace safety. DLIR administers unemployment benefits, providing financial assistance to eligible individuals during periods of unemployment, while also enforcing labor laws to protect workers' rights, ensuring fair wages, and maintaining safe working conditions.

Hawaii State Judiciary

Hawaii State Judiciary - The Hawaii State Judiciary is responsible for the fair and impartial administration of justice within the state. Its duties encompass interpreting the law. Hawaii's unique cultural and geographic diversity adds complexity to its legal landscape, and the judiciary plays a vital role in addressing these specific challenges. With a commitment to inclusivity and accessibility, the Hawaii State Judiciary strives to protect the rights of all residents and maintain the rule of law in the Aloha State.

Office of Public Defender of Hawaii

Office of Public Defender of Hawaii - The Office of the Public Defender in Hawaii was established to provide legal representation to individuals who cannot afford their own defense attorneys. The primary duties of the Office of the Public Defender include offering legal counsel, advocacy, and representation to indigent individuals facing criminal charges. The office works to uphold the principles of justice, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances, receives a fair trial and equal treatment under the law.

Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii

Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii - The Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii serves as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and upholding the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the correct application of state laws and the constitution. The court's duties encompass hearing a diverse range of cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, and establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Hawaii. Additionally, the Hawaii Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, handling attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and disciplining lawyers to maintain professionalism and ethical conduct within the legal profession statewide.

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