Hawaii Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

Proudly Serving Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island

August 30, 2010

A new rule governing Hawaii attorneys was adopted this year. This rule provides that starting from January 1, 2010, all active members of the Hawaii Bar are required to complete at least 3 credit hours of approved Mandatory Continuing Professional Education (MCPE) each calendar year. The rule governing mandatory MCPE credits in Hawaii is Rule 22 of the Rules of Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii. Rule 22 also encourages that attorneys complete 9 or more credit hours per years of approved Voluntary Continuing Legal Education (VCLE). Attorneys are required to certify and report the completion of their MCPE and VCLE credits annually. To...

Read More
August 27, 2010

The Law Offices of Philip R. Brown is happy to welcome Courtney Henderson. Ms. Henderson has her M.A in English Literature from the University of Toledo (2009) and her B.S. in Magazine Production Journalism from Florida A&M; University (2008). Courtney is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Hawaii, in Linguistics, Language Documentation and Conservation.

Courtney will serve as a paralegal on many of our civil litigation matters and will use her journalism background to assist us with our blog. Obviously, we are delighted to have Courtney join our firm.

Category:
August 07, 2010

Hawaii attorney Justin M. Chu has joined our firm as an associate. Justin is a 2009 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law. At the University of Memphis, Justin was on the Law Review where he also served on the Editorial Board as Business Editor. In addition, Justin received Cali Awards in Civil Rights and Fair Employment Practices.

Justin is a 2004 graduate of Vanderbilt University where he majored in Mathematics and minored in Computer Science. After graduation from Vanderbilt, Justin worked as a Consultant/Pharmacy Technician for Priority Healthcare Corp. While at Vanderbilt, Justin was a teaching assistant in...

Read More
Category:
August 04, 2010

Intermediate Court of Appeals Judge, the Honorable Katherine Leonard, has been nominated by Governor Lingle to serve as our next Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. On August 3, 2010 the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony to consider her qualifications. I attended the entire hearing and was honored to give testimony in support of Judge Leonard. Judge Leonard has broad support among the Hawaii legal profession. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony in support of Judge Leonard from the Hawaii Attorney General, the Honolulu Prosecutor’s office, the Public Defender’s Office, former Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Klein,...

Read More
March 01, 2010

National leaders have called this “The Great Recession”. Since the fall of the real estate market on the mainland in 2008, our national economy has been in rough shape. Hawaii has also been hurt by this economic downturn.

The legal profession has also suffered from this tough economic climate. Several large law firms, including my former firm in New York City, have gone out of business. In a recent Los Angeles Times article, it was noted that like other industries, small agile law offices have been able to adapt more quickly to this new legal climate. Boutique law offices, like this one, were simply considered to be more “consumer...

Read More
March 01, 2010

National leaders have called this “The Great Recession”. Since the fall of the real estate market on the mainland in 2008, our national economy has been in rough shape. Hawaii has also been hurt by this economic downturn.

The legal profession has also suffered from this tough economic climate. Several large law firms, including my former firm in New York City, have gone out of business. In a recent Los Angeles Times article, it was noted that like other industries, small agile law offices have been able to adapt more quickly to this new legal climate. Boutique law offices, like this one, were simply considered to be more “consumer...

Read More
December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays from everyone in our office. It has been a tough year for the State of Hawaii and the United States. Still, our office has managed to weather the economic storm that has caused such pain across our great nation. I am grateful to our clients for their trust especially during this difficult period.

May you all have a safe and joyous holiday.

Category:
November 03, 2009

The Kaloko Dam flood was a terrible tragedy, about which I previously posted in September of 2007. I am happy to report that we have reached a successful settlement, which will allow our clients to restore their idyllic property.

Our clients’ property, on the island of Kauai, was severely damaged by the Ka Loko Dam flood. I represented one of the largest property owners damaged by the Ka Loko Dam flood. Admittedly, I was part of a team of plaintiffs attorneys. (A case this size had to be handled by a team...

Read More
August 24, 2009

Hawaii attorney Philip R. Brown has been selected by his peers to be included in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Obviously, he is delighted to have received this great honor.

“For over a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers has been regarded- by both the profession and the public-as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey … by the top attorneys in the country.”

Admittedly, legal professionals may disagree as to the “definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States”. ...

Read More
June 26, 2009

What does it mean when the attorney says I must pay “costs”?

Costs are typically any expense the attorney incurs while representing you. These expenses vary depending on the type of the case and the location of the witnesses. However, examples of these costs are as follows: photocopying, travel expenses, court reporter expenses, expert witness fees, postage, long distance telephone charges, legal research charges, parking, costs billed by medical provider, insurance company or other entity for copies of medical reports and/or billing statements.

In most contingency fee cases, the attorney agrees to advance payment for these...

Read More

Pages