The Best Lawyers in Hawai‘i 2015
As the number of legal specialties here—86!—attests, life is complicated. But there’s no need to face those complications without an advocate.
Bert Sakuda, one of Hawai‘i’s Best Lawyers. Practicing since 1979, Sakuda is a leading litigator and an authority in insurance law.
Photo: Rae Huo
There are 4,813 active attorneys in Hawai‘i. Which means that the 356 attorneys listed here are the top 7 percent, truly the best.
As we have in past years, we turned to Woodward/White, publishers of The Best Lawyers in America, for this list. Their research method is pure peer review—no attorney can buy their way onto the list, nor is any purchase necessary. To determine the list, Best Lawyers now takes nominations (and no, lawyers may not nominate themselves, either) in each specialty. Lawyers who appeared in previous lists also make this first cut. Best Lawyers then polls lawyers, asking, “If you were unable to take a case yourself, how likely would you be to refer it to this nominee?”
There are even more layers of research than this, and a detailed explanation of the methodology can be found at bestlawyers.com/about/methodologybasic.aspx.
Don’t see your lawyer on the list? Don’t worry. As Best Lawyers notes, “Ultimately, a lawyer’s inclusion on these lists is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow attorneys. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain as confident today as we were three decades ago that the breadth of our survey, the candor of our respondents, and the sophistication of our polling methodology largely correct for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful as well as the most transparent guide to the best lawyers available anywhere.”
The fine print
The 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2015) includes 52,488 attorneys in 137 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and inclusion in this year’s publication is based on more than 5.5 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.
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