Judith Ann Pavey has over 40 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 skilled 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 continues to work on commercial and corporate litigation matters, as well as professional negligence cases involving serious physical and economic damages.
Ms. Pavey has been recognized in both commercial litigation and personal injury practice areas.
She was selected to 2013 & 2018 Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu lists, in the practice area of Litigation-Banking & Finance and 2014 & 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Product Liability Litigation. She has also been named 2017 Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Legal Malpractice Law. Ms. Pavey is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Legal Malpractice Law, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiff, Product Liability Plaintiff, Litigation-Banking & Finance and Commercial Litigation.
Ms. Pavey is recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, and by Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation: General Commercial.She has also been selected for inclusion to the Hawaii Super Lawyers list, Business Litigation, and selected to the 2016 Hawaii Super Lawyers, "Top 25" list. Ms. Pavey has the highest rating (AV) from Martindale Hubbell for both her skill and ethics.