C. Michael Heihre

C. Michael Heihre


Cades Schutte LLP

Recognized since 1999

Honolulu, Hawaii

Practice Areas

Arbitration

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Construction Law

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Litigation - Construction

Litigation - Real Estate

Real Estate Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Construction Law
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Michael is a partner in the Firm's Litigation Department and chair of its Commercial and Real Estate Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation practice group. He has extensive experience as a trial lawyer, arbitrator, construction adjudicator, and mediator in the resolution of complex disputes involving antitrust and trade regulations, business, commercial, construction, contract, financial, insurance, intellectual property, product liability, and real estate matters.

Michael is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Malaysia Branch), the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, and the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators. He is a member of the panel of arbitrators, the panel of mediators, and the panel of adjudicators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre and a panel member of the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (Honolulu, Hawai`i). Michael holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration issued by the Charted Institute of Arbitrators.

REPRESENTATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

Commercial and Business Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation

  • Arbitrator and mediator in commercial and business arbitrations and mediations in contract; finance; intellectual property; investment; personal injury and property damages; tort; and unfair and deceptive trade practices law.
  • Lead counsel in state and federal court litigation involving antitrust, competition, and trade practices; arbitration law; bad faith insurance practices; construction law; contract and tort claims; environmental laws; mergers and acquisitions of businesses; shareholder and derivative actions; franchises; hotel management agreements and related fiduciary duty issues; intellectual property; officers and directors; product liability; professional corporations; real estate transactions; real estate finance and development; and real estate partnerships and limited liability companies.
  • Lead counsel in state and federal court litigation involving insurance coverage for policy holders in commercial, construction, environmental, and property matters.
  • Lead counsel in state and federal litigation pertaining to land use development rights and lease disputes.
  • Lead counsel in state court litigation and mediations pertaining to securities laws and employee benefits.
  • Lead counsel in federal court litigation related to the design, financing, and development of alternative and renewable energy facilities.
  • Lead counsel in state court, federal court, and mediation proceedings pertaining to product liability actions.

    Class Action Litigation

    • Lead counsel in federal court class action regarding legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims
    • Lead counsel in state court class action on insurance matters.
    • Lead counsel in state court class actions involving the sale and distribution of food products and vitamin supplements.
    • Lead counsel in putative federal court class action predicated on alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • Lead counsel in state court class action involving the sale of luxury automobiles.

      Construction and Real Estate Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation

      • Arbitrator and mediator in the resolution of disputes pertaining to residential, offices, hotels, resorts, industrial, and commercial properties.
      • Lead counsel for developers, contractors, lenders, and owners in federal and state court proceedings involving the design, development, financing, construction of residential, offices, hotels, resorts, industrial, and commercial properties.

        Court Annexed Arbitration Program

        • Arbitrator in more than 30 arbitrations in the Court Annexed Arbitration Program and the Pilot Project for Arbitration of Contract Cases (First Circuit Court, State of Hawai'i) involving tort and contract claims.

          Private Property, Government Regulation, and Takings (Government Acquisitions)

          • Lead counsel in state and federal court actions involving governmental ordinances and statutes pertaining to zoning by initiative and referendum; rent control; eminent domain (compulsory acquisition); just compensation; public use; regulatory takings (uncompensated government compulsory acquisition); and state historic preservation laws.
          • Lead counsel in federal and state court actions involving development of real property and damages; development of common interest communities and applicable covenants, conditions, and restrictions; and time share developments.
          • Lead counsel in arbitrations on the fair market value of property, calculation of fair market rent, and use restrictions for leasehold government property.
          • Lead counsel in state and federal court quiet title actions (resolution of disputes over title of property and boundaries).
          • Lead counsel in real estate valuation arbitrations for residential, commercial, industrial, resort, and golf course properties and state court litigation involving leaseholds and permits for use of property interests including submerged properties.
          • Pro bono lead counsel in land use, zoning, evictions, and native Hawaiian rights cases in federal and state courts.
            EDUCATION
            • University of Hawai'i, B.A. with Highest Honors
            • Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor
            • Diploma, International Commercial Arbitration, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
            • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Advanced Mediation Skills, (21 hours of training)
            • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case (42 hours of training)
            • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre For Arbitration, Adjudication Conversion Course
              ADMISSIONS
              • State of Hawai'i Courts
              • United States District Court for the District of Hawai'i
              • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
              • United States Supreme Court
                CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
                • American Arbitration Association, Panel Member for Real Estate and General Business
                • American Bar Association
                • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow
                • Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., Panel of Neutrals (Commercial/Business, Construction/Design, Estates/Probate/Trusts, Intellectual Property, Real Property, Partnership/Corporate Law, General Civil, and Banking/Finance)
                • Federal Court Bar Association
                • Hawai'i State Bar Association
                • International Bar Association
                • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (Singapore), Panel of Arbitrators.
                • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
                • Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre, Panels of Arbitrators, Adjudicators, and Mediators
                • Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow
                • Malaysian Society of Adjudicators, Fellow
                • The Newsletter of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators, Editor
                • Society of Construction Lawyers (Malaysia)
                  PAST MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
                  • State of Hawai‘i Judicial Selection Commission (1989 - 1995)
                  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Native Hawaiian Rights, University of Hawai‘i School of Law (1977 - 1982)
                    RECENT AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
                    • Benchmark Litigation Guide
                    • Litigation Star
                    • The Best Lawyers in America®
                    • Bet-the-Company Litigation
                    • Commercial Litigation
                    • Construction Litigation
                    • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
                    • Litigation - Construction
                    • Litigation - Real Estate
                    • 2010 Honolulu Construction Lawyer of the Year
                    • 2013 Honolulu Litigation Real Estate Lawyer of the Year
                    • 2015 Honolulu Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year
                    • Chambers USA™ America's Leading Business Lawyers
                    • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)
                    • Hawaii Super Lawyers©
                    • Business Litigation
                    • Alternative Dispute Resolutions
                    • Construction Litigation
                    • Honolulu Magazine's Hawaii's Best Lawyers
                    • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
                    • Super Lawyers©
                      RECENT PUBLICATIONS
                      • Editor for the 2014 Issues of the Newsletter of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators
                      • Heihre, Higher Ground: Moving Towards a Code of Conduct for Adjudicators, Newsletter of the Malaysian Society of Adjudicators (January – June 2014)

Location

  • Cades Schutte Building, Suite 1200
    1000 Bishop Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813

Education

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, graduated 1970

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, Hawaii State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • Hawaii State Bar Association - Member
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association - Member
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Assocation - Member
  • International Bar Association - Member
  • American Arbitration Association - Panel Member
  • Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (Honolulu) - Panel Member
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Fellow

Cades Schutte LLP
Headquarters: Honolulu, Hawaii

49 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

10 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Best Law Firms Badge Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Construction Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Honolulu (2020)
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Honolulu (2015)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, Honolulu (2013)
  • Construction Law, Honolulu (2010)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Arbitration
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Special Focus

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Development
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Condemnation
  • Construction
  • Construction Disputes
  • COVID-19
  • Eminent Domain
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Large Case Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Real Property Law
  • Resorts
  • Shopping Center Transactions
  • Tax Certiorari

Awards:

  • Benchmark Litigation Guide - Litigation Star
  • Chambers USA, America;s leading Business Lawyers - Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)
  • Hawaii Super Lawyers - Business Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolutions; Construction Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Best Lawyer' 2010 Honolulu Construction Lawyer of the Year

"Michael Heihre has exceptional talent with exceptional work ethics. He has extraordinary ability as visual-spatial thinker and strategic thinker. He is an excellent litigator."

"Michael is without doubt one of the best litigators in Hawaii. He is smart, sharp, thoughtful, strategic, and relentless in his work. He communicates well and often, never getting ahead of where his client is on the case. He's the guy you want in your foxhole with you when you have to go to war, not only because of his tremendous skills as a litigator, but because you know you can trust him implicitly."

- Hoyt Zia (Hawaiian Holdings/Hawaiian Airlines), Honolulu, HI

"For 25 years, Michael Heihre has provided outstanding legal counsel to three organizations I have been associated with. In every instance, I have been impressed with his professionalism, acumen, and common sense. In relatively short order, he can be expected to satisfactorily resolve extremely complicated legal issues. He's a real winner!"

- David Heenan (The Estate of James Campbell), Honolulu, HI

"Having worked with many attorneys across the country, Michael remains a stand out as one of the finest litigators I have had the pleasure to know and work with. He is very diligent, thorough, amazingly decent, meticulous, tenacious, and honest in his legal assessment. He provides practical guidance; he educates his clients well, and he possesses a formidable legal mind. Michael is also extremely responsive in his communications and follow-thru. He always takes the lead position with his clients in guiding them through the legal process. His strength lies in the depth of dedication that he brings to his clients and his profession while being steadfast in his commitment to consistently delivering nothing short of excellence. Michael is a most elegant attorney who practices his craft with a calm and gentlemanly demeanor, which belies the heart of the litigator within. His incredible attention to detail and his ability to take the lead and to expertly craft his legal argument are consistent, from beginning to the end. His well-earned reputation comes from his incredible work ethic and the many long hours he invests in each client. I have a deep respect and admiration for Michael as a litigator and as a friend."

- Diane Kimura (Merrill Lynch), Honolulu, HI

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