Robert G. Klein - McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP

Robert G. Klein

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015
Phone: 808-529-7300

Personal Information:

Robert Gordon Klein, 2135 Haena Drive, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822, ph. 808-382-4411

Marital Status: Married, Aleta E. Klein

Children: Kurt William Klein, Erik Robert Klein

College: Stanford University, B. A. 1969

Law School: University of Oregon, J. D. 1972

Law Firm: McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP, Five Waterfron Plaza, Fourth Floor, 500 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, Hawai'i 96813

Additional Information

Professional Achievements, Areas of Concentration

Robert G. Klein (former Associate Justice, Hawai‘i Supreme Court) has an active litigation practice that includes many areas of the law, including: complex civil litigation, construction litigation, government relations, administrative hearings and appeals, appellate practice, and alternative dispute resolution. He has litigated cases involving construction contracts, insurance subrogation, patent infringement, destination clubs/time share, public access, Native Hawaiian rights, real estate exactions, closely held corporations, trusts and wills, corporate governance and investigations, land use/ CC&Rs, constitutional rights, corporate taxation, serious bodily injury, car fires, and statutory construction and interpretation. Mr. Klein has appeared before state trial courts on Oahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island, the State Supreme Court, Intermediate Court of Appeals, as well before the Federal District Court for the District of Hawai‘i and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Klein served as Associate Justice of the Hawai‘i Supreme Court from 1992-2000 and in the trial courts of Hawai‘i for 14 years from 1978-1992. He authored hundreds of Supreme Court decisions during his tenure on the High Court. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given.


Stanford UniversityBA 1969University of Oregon School of LawJ.D. 1972

Case History

Important Cases

1. Day v. Apoliona (Ninth Circuit): Court ruled that client, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs di not breach its fiduciary duties by utilizing trust funds to Native Hawaiians given the Statehood Admissions Act language.

2. Gold Coast Neighborhood Association v. State: trial Court ruling that State of Hawai'i owned the seawall fronting many condos and co-ops along the famed gold coast area of Waikiki, thereby eliminating liability claims against the property owners.

3. Raoring Lion v. Exclusive Resorts: Hawai'i Appellate Court ruled that client's "destination club" was not a time share for purposes of Ch. 514, HRS, thereby not subject to such regulations.

4. Kahawaiolaa v. OHA: Hawai'i Supreme Court rules that Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees had discretion to use ceded lands trust funds for Native Hawaiians if the impact on native Hawaiians was also present.

Office Location

Five Waterfront Plaza, Fourth Floor
500 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Construction Law

Other Information

Gender: Male