Terence J. O

Terence J. O'Toole

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Terence J. O’Toole is a Director of the firm, manages the firm’s litigation department and has over forty years experience in the area of commercial and complex litigation. Mr. O'Toole has been named 2011 Bet-The-Company, Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year", 2012 Banking & Finance Litigation, Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year" 2014 Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year", Appellate Practice and 2015 Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year", Banking and Finance Litigation, by Best Lawyers in America. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America; in ("Appellate Practice", "Arbitration", "Bet-The-Company”, "Commercial Litigation", "Construction Litigation", "Banking & Finance Litigation", "Mergers & Acquisitions", and "Real Estate Litigation”).  He is recognized by Chambers USA as a Star, and one of the top Leading Lawyers in Band 1 Litigation for commercial litigation.  Mr. O'Toole has been selected for inclusion to the Top Listed, Top 25 Hawaii Super Lawyers list. Mr. O'Toole is also recognized as a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate and Benchmark Plaintiff.

Trial Experience
Although Mr. O’Toole’s practice includes a full range of litigation matters, his primary area of emphasis is trial work involving real estate litigation, hospitality industry related litigation, construction claims and disputes, lender liability and international claims and litigation.Mr. O’Toole has been lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials in federal and state courts in California and Hawaii; and he has represented multi-national companies on claims and litigation matters arising out of other venues in the Pacific Rim.  He has also handled numerous arbitrations under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and similar organizations.

Some examples of Mr. O’Toole’s work include:
Hotel & Hospitality Industry Litigation.  Represented local, national and international companies involved in the hotel and hospitality industry, including owners and operators of hotels and resorts.  Representation has included disputes involving owner-operator agreements and consumer class action involving mold related issues.

Lender Liability Litigation.  Represents major local, national and international banks in lender related disputes, including complex  lender liability cases tried to juries in Hawaii and California.

Construction Claims and Disputes.  Represented owners/developers, national and international architectural, engineering and construction firms in building failure, environmental issues, construction deficiency and delay damage claims in California, Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.

Real Estate Litigation and Disputes.  Representation involves a wide range of clients and issues, including development rights, governmental permitting and entitlement issues and environmental issues.

Corporate Litigation.  Represented publicly traded and local companies in disputes involving shareholder rights, corporate governance and control related matters.

Wrongful Termination/Employment Disputes.  Represented employers and employees in actions involving sex, race and age discrimination and wrongful termination.

Americans with Disabilities Act. Represented local, national and international companies in ADA matters including federal court claims tried to a jury.

Representative Clients Include:  Hilton Hotels, Bank of Hawaii, American Savings Bank, Safeway, Intrawest, Ledcor Construction, Aston Hotels & Resorts, ResortQuest Hawaii, Kuilima Resort Company and Wal-Mart.

What Clients Say
"Mr. O'Toole is an experienced, no-nonsense, practical litigator... I have no hesitation in providing an unqualified recommendation of Mr. O'Toole."  Best Lawyers Client Comment 

Litigation department manager Terence O'Toole is "amazingly talented in depositions and always manages to get pertinent information for cases." He has recently handled a number of complex and high-value matters for many of the firm's key clients." Chambers and Partners, USA Directory for America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation, General Commercial

University of California BerkeleyJ.D. 1971
Federal Bar Association

Client Comments

"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."

"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
Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President
Ledcor Group

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Honolulu Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Honolulu Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the Honolulu Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Honolulu Metro Area
Terence J. O'Toole has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Terence J. O'Toole has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Terence J. O'Toole has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Terence J. O'Toole has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!


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Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation (Complex Litigation)
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
Litigation - Real Estate

Other Information

Gender: Male