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FIRM OVERVIEW Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher is a leader among Hawaii’s real estate and business law firms, recognized for its expertise in real estate law, commercial transactions and complex commercial litigation in Hawaii, the US mainland and internationally. 

Firm transactional and litigation attorneys often join forces in complex commercial matters that require both business law and litigation experience. The firm’s intellectual power and mental strength and toughness generate winning strategies, strong negotiations and innovative settlements for clients.  Above all, the firm’s attorneys have a passion for excellence and responsive client service, earning the firm an international reputation for extraordinary client results.

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest AV Preeminent® rating, given by our legal peers for achieving the highest standards of professional ethics, excellence and legal ability. Our Hawaii litigation attorneys and transactional team have been selected to the “Top 25”, Hawaii Super Lawyers® list in the practice areas of business litigation and real estate law.  Firm attorneys have been recognized as Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyers of the Year” in Honolulu, in both transactional and litigation practice areas, having more “Lawyers of the Year” than any other law firm in Hawaii, in 2014 and 2015.

Our firm is Top-Listed by US News & World Report-Best Lawyers in America® “Best Law Firms” in 24 practice areas.

A LITIGATION POWERHOUSE 

 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, corporate, contract and accounting issues related to Hawaii 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 of Hawaii litigation attorneys have trial expertise before State and Federal courts in Hawaii and the US mainland, 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 TRIAL APPROACH & ATTORNEYS

Victory in the legal environment means triumph: economic satisfaction, a win-win agreement, or sometimes, just being proclaimed right.

The importance of the path to victory-strategies, players, and desired outcomes — make the selection of the legal trial team critical for success. The job is to design a road map that considers each twist and turn that may be presented. The experience and intellectual brainpower of the client’s trial attorneys often accounts for the outcome of litigation by crafting each strategic move on the battlefield along the way.

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation attorneys take the fight for every client as if it were their own battle. To be responsible and involved is a hallmark of the law firm, which is built on the power of its people.

The firm’s Hawaii litigation attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers ™, selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate, Benchmark Plaintiff, and Martindale-Hubbell®.

All Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation Directors are rated AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest possible rating, given to them by their peers for achieving very high ethical standards and professional ability.

HAWAII REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS, BUSINESS FOCUSED

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s real estate and business law attorneys are known for sophisticated case analysis and innovative business solutions for complex matters. Our attorneys have significant experience in real estate development and transactions, hotels, hotel management agreements, corporate finance, international transactions, secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, construction law and complex commercial matters, in Hawaii, US and internationally.

The firm’s impressive skill and experience in strategic case planning, ingenious solutions and powerful negotiations in all aspects of complex real estate transactions has opened many doors for domestic and international clients, and have helped many navigate Hawaii’s complex land use and permitting laws.

OUR TRANSACTIONAL APPROACH AND ATTORNEYS

Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher transactional attorneys have an innate talent for critical thinking through each complex commercial matter.  What’s more, they excel in solving the pieces of a puzzle, examining the players, unraveling the details of agreements and handshake deals, to identify the keys that will give the client the clear advantage.

In today’s complex competitive environment, firm transactional attorneys shine when approaching the deal table.  Strong, experienced and prepared for endless possible moves and counter-moves, firm attorneys drive for exceptional results for every client whether they are a family owned business or an international corporation.

Our transactional attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers ™ and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list.

All transactional Directors are rated AV Preeminent®, the highest rating possible given by Martindale-Hubbell®, a distinction given by our legal peers for achieving the highest standards for professional skill, ethics and integrity. 

Contact Information

733 Bishop Street, Suite 1900
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-537-6100

Firm Attorneys

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Ivan M. Lui-Kwan Ivan M. Lui-Kwan Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, L.C.
Practicing in: Government Relations Practice
Practicing in: Government Relations Practice
Peter Starn Peter Starn Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, L.C.
Practicing in: Real Estate Law
Practicing in: Real Estate Law

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Appellate Practice with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Administrative / Regulatory Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Leisure and Hospitality Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Honolulu, Hawaii in Leisure and Hospitality Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Honolulu, Hawaii in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Honolulu, Hawaii in Administrative / Regulatory Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Honolulu, Hawaii in Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Honolulu, Hawaii in Appellate Practice with 3 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Appellate Practice with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Administrative / Regulatory Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Litigation - Banking and Finance with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hawaii in Leisure and Hospitality Law with 2 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "Judith Pavey is one of the best attorneys. She is really concerned about the client, understands the problems, and is so knowledgeable in litigation matters. She is a person of high ethics and has great perseverance in her work. She is dedicated, hardworking, and trustworthy."
    "Judith Pavey worked on the major business litigation cases that we had and Terry O'Toole was the lead attorney; they were an awesome team. They are both highly knowledgeable and skilled in their field. Judith did outstanding research for our case; we highly recommend her and would use her again."
    "Ken Marcus is a true professional and represents his clients with a caring attitude. He doesn't gloss over the facts, and while difficult to hear sometimes, he tells it like it is. He is incredibly responsive and delivers on promised timetables. Ken works well with others in and outside his firm, but is no pushover when advocating for his client. He immerses himself into the background of the case to ensure no one can pull the wool over his eyes. He is efficient and effective and I would recommend him to my friends and business associates."
    "Peter Starn is a formidable attorney who you want on your side in complex real estate litigation. His strategy was right on, and his vast experience in real estate and litigation enabled him to out maneuver the opposition counsel from a top Honolulu firm."
    - Steve Colon
    Hunt Development & Building Corporation
    "Peter Starn is a wise, insightful advisor who evaluates numerous options and scenarios and provides guidance for decision-making and strategic impact."
    - Kent Tsukamoto
    Accuity, LLP
    "Sharon Lovejoy is an excellent litigator. She is thorough, extremely smart, tactical, and strategic."
    - Steve Colon
    Hunt Development & Building Corporation
    "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. I found her cautious methodology appropriate and ultimately spot on in assessing litigation risks and opposition moves."
    - Steve Colon
    Hunt Development & Building Corporation
    "Mr. O'Toole is an experienced, no-nonsense, practical litigator. He has provided Ledcor with excellent representation. I have no hesitation in providing an unqualified recommendation of Mr. O'Toole."
    - Rodney Neys
    Ledcor Group
    "Terry O'Toole is just one outstanding attorney. We used him on four litigation cases and he was the lead attorney. Two of the cases were major business cases and he was the lead attorney and so knowledgeable. We highly recommend Terry; he is bright, well-respected and so skilled as a litigation attorney."
    "Judith Pavey is one of the best attorneys. She is really concerned about the client, understands the problems, and is so knowledgeable in litigation matters. She is a person of high ethics and has great perseverance in her work. She is dedicated, hardworking, and trustworthy."
    "Judith Pavey worked on the major business litigation cases that we had and Terry O'Toole was the lead attorney; they were an awesome team. They are both highly knowledgeable and skilled in their field. Judith did outstanding research for our case; we highly recommend her and would use her again."
    "Ken Marcus is a true professional and represents his clients with a caring attitude. He doesn't gloss over the facts, and while difficult to hear sometimes, he tells it like it is. He is incredibly responsive and delivers on promised timetables. Ken works well with others in and outside his firm, but is no pushover when advocating for his client. He immerses himself into the background of the case to ensure no one can pull the wool over his eyes. He is efficient and effective and I would recommend him to my friends and business associates."
    "Peter Starn is a formidable attorney who you want on your side in complex real estate litigation. His strategy was right on, and his vast experience in real estate and litigation enabled him to out maneuver the opposition counsel from a top Honolulu firm."
    - Steve Colon
    Hunt Development & Building Corporation

    Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, L.C.

    Contact Information

    733 Bishop Street, Suite 1900
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    Phone: 808-537-6100

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    Management

    Chairman
    Litigation Director
    Managing Director

    Personnel

    Partners: 10
    Of Counsel: 1
    Associates: 3
    Other Lawyers: 2
    Paralegals: 4
    Non-Legal Employees: 9

    Practice Areas

    Administrative / Regulatory Law
    Antitrust Law
    Appellate Practice
    Arbitration
    Bet-the-Company Litigation
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
    Commercial Litigation
    Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
    Construction Law
    Corporate Law
    Government Relations Practice
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
    Leisure and Hospitality Law
    Litigation - Antitrust
    Litigation - Banking and Finance
    Litigation - Construction
    Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
    Litigation - Real Estate
    Litigation - Trusts and Estates
    Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
    Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
    Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
    Real Estate Law