The Best Lawyers in Hawaii 2009
With one eye on the economy and another on the needs of our readers, assistant editor Tiffany Hill spoke to some of this year’s honorees to get legal advice for tough times in "Lawyers Who Can Save You in a Bad Economy."
How do attorneys make it onto the list? Solely by the vote of their peers, explains Best Lawyers. Listings cannot be bought, and no purchase is required to be included. The 2009 edition is based on more than 2.2 million evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers nationwide.
As Best Lawyers explains, “The nomination pool for the 2009 edition consisted of all lawyers whose names appeared in the previous edition of Best Lawyers, lawyers who were nominated since the previous survey and new nominees solicited from listed attorneys. In general, lawyers were asked to vote only on nominees in their own specialty in their own jurisdiction. Lawyers in closely related specialties were asked to vote across specialties, as were lawyers in smaller jurisdictions. Where specialties are national or international in nature, lawyers were asked to vote nationally as well as locally. Voting lawyers were also given an opportunity to offer more detailed comments on nominees.
“Voting lawyers were provided this general guideline for determining if a nominee should be listed among “the best”: If you had a close friend or relative who needed a real estate lawyer (for example), and you could not handle the case yourself, to whom would you refer them? All votes and comments were solicited with a guarantee of confidentiality.
“Ultimately, a lawyer’s inclusion 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, the breadth of the survey, the candor of the respondents and the sophistication of the polling methodology largely correct for any biases.”
For those of you who enjoy detailed explanations of survey mechanics, you can learn more about the process online at www.bestlawyers.com/aboutus/selectionprocess.aspx.
Lawyers of the Year
Best Lawyers now designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties. Only one lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” for 2009.
The selected “Lawyers of the Year” were those who, during the past two surveys by Best Lawyers, received particularly high ratings from most of their peers. According to Best Lawyers, “The selected lawyers have earned a high level of respect among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same specialties for their abilities, their professionalism and their integrity.”
For more information on how the “Lawyers of the Year” were selected, visit www.bestlawyers.com/aboutus/awards.aspx.
HONOLULU Magazine congratulates these six Honolulu-based attorneys achieving the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction. You can also find them listed with their categories, identified with a symbol. They are:
|Paul D. Alston|
Deborah Macer Chun
William C. Darrah
|Mark S. Davis|
Personal Injury Litigation
Real Estate Law
David J. Reber