Hawaii Civil Trial Lawyer
Proudly Serving Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island
Phil Brown is an experienced Hawaii civil trial attorney. Although this firm is a boutique litigation office, we litigate against Hawaii’s largest and most expensive law firms. We litigate cases on the Hawaii state and federal level. Phil Brown has tried cases in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Let us start with the basics. A Hawaii attorney can bring almost any type of claim in Hawaii state court so long as the Hawaii Court has jurisdiction. Click here for a detailed discussion of jurisdiction in the state of Hawaii. By contrast, a case may only be brought in a federal court if there is (1) a federal question at issue or (2) complete diversity exists between the plaintiffs and defendants and the amount in controversy exceeds $75,000. We will address these issues separately.
A federal question is an issue that concerns the violation of (1) the Constitution of the United States or (2) a federal law. So if your case involves allegations that your Constitutional rights have been violated, the federal courts will be happy to listen to you. Moreover, if you are a Hawaii resident that wants to sue a California resident and one half million dollars is at stake, you may bring your claim in federal court. But if you have a claim concerning an injury caused in Hawaii by a fellow Hawaii resident, then you must bring your claim in Hawaii state court (unless it involves the violation a federal law or the Constitution).
If you are confused, don’t feel bad. There are literally thousands of pages of legal decisions discussing whether a case may be filed in Federal Court. That is just one reason why you should hire an attorney who has practiced in both court systems and is comfortable with Hawaii state rules and United States civil rules. Phil Brown has practiced nothing but litigation for over twenty years. He is very familiar with both court systems and is uniquely equipped to guide you through the often-confusing morass that is our legal system.
Many clients tell us that because of the expense and uncertainty of a trial, they would prefer to force a settlement. That is understandable. However, we believe that the most effective way to resolve a case is to aggressively pursue your case. Your attorney should be capable of taking your case to trial, if need be.
The Law Offices of Philip R. Brown is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation of Plaintiffs and Defendants in commercial litigation and personal injury matters. Because of our legal experience we have been honored to serve as Hawaii attorney for some of the state's most well known citizens and businesses. However, we take great pride in the fact that we strive to treat all of our clients with the same courtesy and respect. We understand that even the most modest cases are still the most important legal matters that you may ever be involved in. We are also very proud of the fact that as a full service Hawaii attorney, we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
Taking a case to trial in a federal court is a difficult and complex legal matter. Phil Brown has represented many different clients with their Federal Court cases. He has years of experience with all the rules and regulations concerning federal trials.
If you are unsure about whether your case is a state, federal, or civil matter, contact Phil Brown in Honolulu, Hawaii today to schedule your free initial consultation. Phil Brown will provide you with a free case evaluation and help you determine the best course of action.
The above U.S. News & World Report Icon is a registered trademark of Woodward/White, Inc., in accord with the terms and conditions established by U.S. News & World Report. The Law Offices of Philip R. Brown received the Best Law Firms Rankings in the following specialties and tiers: Commercial Litigatio, Litigation - Eminent Domain & Condemnation, Litigation - Real Estate, Tier Two.