Hawaii Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

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October 13, 2007

We are very proud to announce that attorney Effie Steiger has passed the Hawaii bar. Effie is already a member of the Nevada bar and moved home to Honolulu this past summer. We are very excited to have Effie working with us. Like everyone else in this office, the focus of Effie’s practice will be Civil litigation, primarily commercial and real estate litigation.

Congratulations Effie. We expect great things from you in the future.

October 05, 2007

A case is started by filing by a Complaint. The party filing the Complaint is called the Plaintiff. In certain cases, a Plaintiff may decide to change his initial Complaint. There are many possible reasons that a Plaintiff may change or “amend” the Complaint (ie. the discovery of new evidence, a change in law, or even correcting a simple mistake). Hawaii Courts have specific rules for amending a Complaint. A Plaintiff may amend her Complaint once any time before an Answer or “responsive pleading” is served. Haw. R. Civ. P.15(a). However, if the amendment is sought after the Answer is filed, the Plaintiff must either obtain (i) written...

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October 03, 2007

On October 1, 2007, we celebrated the ten year anniversary of the opening of this law office. When I was working as an associate for a New York law firm, it was my dream to open my own boutique office. This office is the culmination of that dream. Of course, when I was practicing law in New York City, I never imagined that twenty years later my boutique office would be in Honolulu, Hawaii. For this fact, I am especially thankful.

I am also grateful for my friend and office manager, Warren Fabro. Warren started this office with me in 1997, and has been working with me since the Bank of America litigation with the late David Schutter...

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September 28, 2007

Today we had a hearing concerning diversity jurisdiction. In general, federal courts only have jurisdiction over two types of cases; (i) cases concerning a federal question (meaning that the case is based on federal law), and (ii) diversity cases. § 28 U.S.C. , § 28 U.S.C. .

For the federal court to have diversity jurisdiction over a case there must be two elements met; (i) the controversy must “exceed the sum of $75,000, exclusive of interests and costs” and (ii) be between “citizens of different states” or “citizens of a State and citizens or subjects of a foreign state” § 28 U.S.C. . Diversity of the parties requires that the...

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September 26, 2007



Our practice on Kauai continues to grow. We...

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July 25, 2007

For the last few weeks, attorney Effie Steiger has been on a break from this office as she studied for the Hawaii State Bar exam. Although Effie is licensed to practice law in Nevada, Hawaii law requires that she take our bar exam before may appear in a Hawaii state court. So yesterday and today, Effie has been busy taking the Hawaii State Bar exam. I am positive that Effie will pass, and look forward to her return to the office later this week.

Once she is a Hawaii attorney, we expect to see great things from Effie Steiger in her career.

June 29, 2007

Choosing the right Hawaii personal injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions a client will make when seeking compensation for injuries.
If you are searching for a personal injury lawyer in Hawaii, there are certain factors you should look for to make sure that you choose the personal injury lawyer that is right for you:

Select an attorney that is experienced with personal injury cases. By choosing a lawyer that is experienced in personal injury claims, you can be sure that he or she they will know how to handle your case. Not all attorneys are familiar with the nuances associated with civil litigation and personal...

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June 22, 2007

My April 10, 2007 blog entry concerns the acting career of our Office Manager, Warren Fabro. In the summer of 2006, Warren appeared in a major supporting role to Richard Chamberlain in the Hawaii Opera Theatre’s fine production of The King and I (which played to sold out audiences at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall). I was very excited to learn that Warren was recently cast in a supporting role in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s South Pacific which opens in late July, 2007. We can all look forward to another fine production from Warren and Hawaii Opera Theatre this summer.

I am also...

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June 14, 2007

A friend recently asked for advice for a young person graduating from law school. I did my best to provide these thoughts:

This is just the start of your career. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t begin exactly like you thought that it would. When I was a young associate in NY City, I would think to myself, “I took out all of these student loans just to become a lawyer, and now I spend my life working as a lawyer just to pay off my student loans.” However, as time passed, and my career blossomed, I became very thankful that I took out (and have now paid off) those student loans.

True, I still spend most of my days in an...

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June 08, 2007

Occasionally, individual defendants try to hide assets by placing them in a corporation. In such cases, the attorney is forced to attempt to “pierce the corporate veil”. The rule at common law was that, “officers, directors or shareholders of a corporation are not personally liable for the tortious conduct of the corporation or its other agents, unless there can be found some active or passive participation in such wrongful conduct by such persons.” Cahill v. Hawaiian Paradise Park Corp., 56 Haw. 522, 526 (1975). However, in 1973, the Hawaii Supreme Court held that a “corporate entity should be disregarded because of...

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