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Jeffrey Portnoy

Honolulu, USA USA Guide 2022 Ranked in 1 departments
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Jeffrey Portnoy is highly regarded for his civil disputes experience, which includes handling complex insurance litigation. He is also noted for his ADR capabilities.
"He is an excellent attorney with great experience and knowledge." "He has guided strategy, arguments and process flawlessly."
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Practice Areas

Coronavirus Response, Educational Institutions, Employment Law & Labor Relations, First Amendment, Advertising, Media & Entertainment, Health Care, Insurance Coverage & Defense, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Professional Liability

Career

Jeff is a partner practicing in the area of litigation. He previously served as Chair of Cades Schutte’s Litigation Department and has practiced law as a civil litigator at the firm since 1972.

Jeff has 50 years of extensive litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience in several areas of substantive law, including insurance, employment, mass tort, product liability, media, securities, and medical and legal professional errors and omissions.

Jeff currently serves as Treasurer for the Ninth Circuit Historical Society. He was President of the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) in 2007. He is also a past President of the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and he served two three year terms as a Hawai‘i lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He was recently elected to serve as a HSBA representation to the State Judicial Selection Commission.

He was Chairman of the United States District Court Advisory (Biden) Committee. He also served as a Hawai‘i State Per Diem Judge and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawai‘i. He is President of the Hawai‘i ABOTA chapter. Jeff has also served as the Hawai‘i State Representative to the Defense Research Institute as well as the HSBA’s representative to the ABA’s House of Delegates. He also served a five year term on the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents.

He has been named Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year for Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants (2016), Bet-the-Company Litigation (2013), and Insurance Law (2011). He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in several practice areas, including Commercial Litigation, Litigation – First Amendment, Insurance Law, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Bet-the-Company Litigation for over 25 years. Jeff is listed in Who’s Who in America, and has been the recipient of several local and national awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, and the Exceptional Performance Award from the Defense Research Institute. Among other state and national recognitions, he has been selected several times as one of the leading litigators in Hawai‘i by Chambers & Partners USA and several other publications. In 2016, he was recognized as the top Civil Litigation Lawyer by Hawai‘i Super Lawyers List.

In his spare time, he served as President of Manoa Valley Theatre’s Board of Directors for 25 years and was the color analyst for University of Hawai‘i basketball for almost three decades. Jeff has served as a visiting Professor of Law at the Debrecen School of Law, Debrecen, Hungary, in Tartu, Estonia, and in Warsaw, Poland. He also served on the Board of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Publications

“Column: Legislature Should Let Public See Police Misconduct Records,” Honolulu Star Advertiser (June 15, 2020) (Co-Author); “The Most Interesting Man in Honolulu,” Midweek (February 24, 2015) (Featured in Cover Story); “To Attack or Not to Attack,” Communications Lawyer, The Journal of Media, Information, and Communications Law, Vol. 26, No. 3, 23-24 (July 2009) (Author); “Mass Communication Law in Hawaii,” New Forums Press, Inc. (1994) (Co-Author); “Hawai‘i Chapter,” Libel Defense Resource Center 50 State Survey, Media Privacy and Related Law (1982 – present); “Manual on Access to Government – Hawai‘i Chapter,” Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; “The Lum Court and the First Amendment,” Western Newspaper Publishing Co., University of Hawai‘i Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 1, 393-420; Speaker, teacher, and author at numerous programs and seminars on media law, employment law, personal injury law, trial tactics, and commercial litigation.

Personal

J.D. (1972), Duke University School of Law; B.A. (1969), Syracuse University

Awards

Management Labour & Employment

Who's who Legal

2021

Lawyer of the Year, Legal Malpractice Law- Defendants

Best Lawyers

2016

Local Litigation Star

Benchmark Litigation

2013

Lawyer of the Year, Bet-The-Company Litigation

Best Lawyers

2013

Lawyer of the Year, Insurance Law

Best Lawyers

2011

Selected by Governor Neil Abercrombie (2011-2017) to serve on Judicial Selection Commission

2011

Listed

Super Lawyers

2008

USA, Commercial Litigation

Who's Who Legal

2006

Listed

Chambers and Partners

2003

State Leadership Award

Defense Research Institute

1999

First Amendment Award

Society of Professional Journalists

1995

Listed

Best Lawyers

1993

Exceptional Performance Award

Defense Research Institute

1993

Exceptional Performance Award

Defense Research Institute

1991

Elected to Membership

International Association of Defense Counsel

1991

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