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Philip R. Brown, Attorneys and Staff Profiles

Philip R. Brown - Attorney

Although Phil Brown has been a full time litigation attorney since 1985, he became a Hawaii attorney after moving to Honolulu in 1993. Mr. Brown started this office in 1997 after working for some of the finest law firms in Hawaii, New York and Virginia.

Upon graduation from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1985, Mr. Brown was an associate at Hunton and Williams. In 1987 Mr. Brown joined the New York office of Reid and Priest (later known as Thelen Reid and Priest). Mr. Brown often credits these two highly regarded, national law firms as the main reason for his strong background in commercial litigation. 


In 1993 Mr. Brown moved to Honolulu and joined its then largest law firm, Carlsmith Ball. At Carlsmith Ball, he litigated against some of Hawaii’s finest attorneys, including famed Plaintiffs attorney, David C. Schutter. Following one oral argument, Mr. Schutter offered Mr. Brown the opportunity to join Schutter and represent the claims of some 4000 annuity holders in a case against a national financial institution. Mr. Brown candidly admits when he met Schutter, Brown had little experience representing the rights of Plaintiffs. However, Brown accepted the challenge and two years later mediated a Thirty-Nine Million Dollar settlement for the annuity holders.

Mr. Brown started this office in 1997. Relying on his diverse experience, Mr. Brown represents Plaintiffs and Defendants in Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Personal Injury cases. Moreover, because Mr. Brown was trained at two of the biggest law firms in the United States, he is often the Hawaii lawyer or “local counsel” for clients and law firms seeking an attorney in Hawaii.

Mr. Brown has Martindale Hubbell’s highest legal/ethics ratings and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers under Civil Trial Practice, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury. Mr. Brown is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Mr. Brown has also been recognized in Honolulu Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Hawaii and was honored by the American Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.

Speak with Phil today. He's available for free case evaluations where you can discuss your case, no matter the claim. Call (808) 523-5900.

Effie Steiger - Attorney

Ms. Steiger attended high school and college in Hawaii.  Ms. Steiger graduated from Kalani High School then went on to graduate with a BA in Political Science. In 2003, Ms. Steiger moved to Las Vegas to attend the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, Boyd School of Law.

Ms. Steiger was the CALI Award winner while in law school for legal drafting in the summer of 2004. Ms.Steiger was also an extern for Judge Michael A. Cherry during the fall semester of 2005. Upon her graduation from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, Boyd School of Law, in 2006, Ms. Steiger completed a clerkship for the Honorable Stefaney Miley of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Nevada.

In 2007, Ms.Steiger moved back to Hawaii to practice law at the Law Offices of Philip R. Brown.

Since 2012, the National Trial Lawyers Association has included Ms.Steiger amongst its "Top 40 under 40" trial lawyers in Hawaii.

Since 2013, SuperLawyers has rated Ms.Steiger as one of the Rising Stars in Hawaii.

Ms. Steiger's practice focuses on commercial litigation. Ms. Steiger has handled cases involving business litigation, real estate litigation, contract disputes, civil rights violations, environmental litigation, and personal injury.

Ms. Steiger is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and Nevada.

Warren Fabro - Office Manager

Warren Fabro has managed this office since 1997. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Philip R. Brown, Mr. Fabro was a paralegal for David C. Schutter & Associates.

Before returning to his native Hawaii, Mr. Fabro was a records administrator in the New York City branch office of Dechert Price & Rhoads.

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Fabro has appeared in numerous movies including Aloha Summer, Picture Bride, and Blood and Orchids. For a detailed discussion of Mr. Fabro's theatrical career click here.

Mr. Fabro attended the University of Hawaii and Maryknoll High School.