Number of partners: 13
Number of other attorneys: 10
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher is a leader among Hawaii’s real estate and business law firms, recognized for its expertise in real estate law, commercial transactions and complex commercial litigation in Hawaii, the US mainland and internationally. Firm transactional and litigation attorneys often join forces in complex commercial matters that require both business law and litigation experience. The firm’s intellectual power and mental strength and toughness generate winning strategies, strong negotiations and innovative settlements for clients. Above all, the firm’s attorneys have a passion for excellence and responsive client service, earning the firm an international reputation for extraordinary client results.
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s senior partners bring impressive depth in both years of practice and a skill level earned from working complex and nuanced cases for many years. Six senior partners have practiced over 40 years and remain actively involved in their legal practice.
As a firm, Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s® highest AV Preeminent® rating, given by its legal peers for achieving the highest standards of professional ethics, excellence and legal ability. Firm attorneys have been selected to the ‘Top 25’ Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, and also recognized as Best Lawyers in America®‘Lawyers of the Year’ for Honolulu in transactional and litigation practice areas. The firm had more “Lawyers of the Year” than any other law firm in Hawaii, in 2014 and 2015 and has earned a total of 26 recognitions from 2011-2020.
The firm is Top-Listed by US News & World Report — Best Lawyers in America®‘Best Law Firms’ in 26 practice areas. The firm has been selected for inclusion each year since the accolade’s inception in 2010.
The law firm has been recognized as Benchmark Litigation’s 2020 Litigation Law Firm of the Year for Hawaii.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance Litigation
Closely Held Companies & Family Businesses
Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
Government Relations Practice
Land Use & Zoning
Leisure and Hospitality
Mass Tort/Class Action
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mortgage Banking Foreclosure
Personal Injury Litigation
Private Wealth Law
Product Liability Litigation
Qui Tam Law
Real Estate Law
Trusts & Estates Litigation
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation power house has extensive experience, including significant jury and non-jury trial work, in complex commercial litigation encompassing business, corporate, contract and accounting issues related to real estate development, corporate ownership and management, the hotel and hospitality industry, environmental matters, construction claims, lender liability, class actions and personal injury matters. The firm’s respected team of litigation attorneys have trial expertise before State and Federal courts in Hawaii and the US mainland, including the US Supreme Court, and has served as litigation general counsel before courts in foreign jurisdictions.
When clients are faced with complex commercial issues concerning matters in Hawaii and beyond, the firm’s attorneys are amongst a handful of select ‘go-to’ lawyers. Victory in the legal environment means triumph: economic satisfaction, a win-win agreement, or sometimes, just being proclaimed right. The importance of the path to victory-strategies, players, and desired outcomes — make the selection of the legal trial team critical for success. The job is to design a road map that considers each twist and turn that may be presented. The experience and intellectual brainpower of the client’s trial attorneys often accounts for the outcome of litigation by crafting each strategic move on the battlefield along the way. Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation attorneys take the fight for every client as if it were their own battle.
To be responsible and involved is a hallmark of the law firm, which is built on the power of its people. The firm’s litigation attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, Benchmark Litigation and Martindale-Hubbell®. All Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s litigation Directors are rated AV Preeminent®, MartindaleHubbell’s® highest possible rating, given to them by their peers for achieving very high ethical standards and professional ability.
Real Estate Law:
Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher’s real estate and business law attorneys are known for sophisticated case analysis and innovative business solutions for complex matters. Firm attorneys have significant experience in real estate development and transactions, hotels, hotel management agreements, corporate finance, international transactions, secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, construction law and complex commercial matters, in Hawaii, US and internationally. The firm’s impressive skill and experience in strategic case planning, ingenious solutions and powerful negotiations in all aspects of complex real estate transactions has opened many doors for domestic and international clients, and have helped many navigate Hawaii’s complex land use and permitting laws. Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher transactional attorneys have an innate talent for critical thinking through each complex commercial matter. What’s more, they excel in solving the pieces of a puzzle, examining the players, unraveling the details of agreements and handshake deals, to identify the keys that will give the client the clear advantage.
In today’s complex competitive environment, firm transactional attorneys shine when approaching the deal table. Strong, experienced and prepared for endless possible moves and countermoves, firm attorneys drive for exceptional results for every client whether they are a family owned business or an international corporation. The firm’s transactional attorneys are recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers and Partners USA Directory of Leading Lawyers for Business, The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ and selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list. All of the firm’s transactional directors are rated AV Preeminent®, the highest rating possible given by Martindale-Hubbell®, a distinction given by the firm’s legal peers for achieving the highest standards for professional skill, ethics and integrity.
Firm Contact: Peter Starn