Judith Ann Pavey - Starn O

Judith Ann Pavey

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 808-537-6100

Judith Ann Pavey has over 35 years of experience in litigation and litigation related alternative dispute resolution. She began her litigation career while still in law school where she received a special certification from the Indiana Supreme Court to act as a prosecutor on criminal cases in Marion County juvenile, misdemeanor and felony courts. Upon graduation she was hired by a high-profile litigator in Hawai‘i, where she established her reputation as a skillful and successful lawyer in criminal, personal injury and other civil litigation matters.  After 7 years, in 1985 Ms. Pavey started her own firm and continued to focus primarily on plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, including those involving medical/legal malpractice and defective products causing substantial physical and/or economic damages. She also continued to handle selected criminal, wrongful termination and sexual harassment cases and worked on construction and contract litigation as well.

Ms. Pavey was one of the lead litigators representing minority shareholders in a closely held corporation involving a federally regulated institution in which both direct and derivative claims were prosecuted. That was successfully resolved in 2008.  That lawsuit brought her to Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher in September 2008 where she will continue to work on commercial and corporate litigation matters, as well as professional negligence cases involving serious physical and economic damages.

Ms. Pavey has the highest rating (AV) from Martindale Hubbell for both her skill and ethics.
Judith Ann Pavey is recognized by Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation: General Commercial. Ms. Pavey has been named 2013 Best Lawyers in America"Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu,  in the practice area of Litigation-Banking & Finance, 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Product Liability Litigation and 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Legal Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs. Ms. Pavey is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiff, Product Liability Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Litigation Banking and Finance. Ms. Pavey is recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Plaintiff, and selected for inclusion to the Hawaii Super Lawyers list.

Purdue UniversityBA 1973Indiana University School of Law-IndianapolisJ.D. 1977
American Bar AssociationHawaii State Bar AssociationABOTAAmerican Inns of CourtHawaii Women LawyersACLU HawaiiAmerican Association of JusticePound Civil Justice Institute

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."

Office Location

733 Bishop Street, Suite 1900
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs of the Honolulu Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs of the Honolulu Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Honolulu Metro Area
Judith Ann Pavey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Judith Ann Pavey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Judith Ann Pavey has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!


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Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Other Information

Gender: Female