Litigation and Disputes

A successful track record for complex and high profile Hawai‘i litigation.

Our Expertise

Led by seasoned trial lawyers and using a unique blend of experience, knowledge and instinct, Goodsill’s Litigation Practice Group expertly guides clients through to the resolution of their disputes.

Through trial, appellate and legislative efforts, Goodsill attorneys have developed new law in many areas of practice. Hawaii’s business and tort case law has been shaped significantly by cases litigated by our firm. In recent years, our litigation section has handled some of the most complex and high-profile cases in Hawaii’s history.

Today, we successfully litigate:

  • Any Business Dispute – including, banking and financial services, foreclosure, Truth in Lending and collections, commercial, class actions, contracts, disability and other insurance coverage claims, environmental, first amendment, labor and employment, real estate and construction, securities, taxation, trademark infringement, trust and fiduciary litigation and will contests.
  • Any Tort Claim – including personal injury (plaintiffs or defendants), aviation and maritime, bad faith, directors’ and officers’ liability, drugs and medical devices, maritime, mass torts, medical malpractice, negligence, premises liability, products liability, and professional liability.
  • In Any Forum – federal courts (U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawai’i, U.S. District Court, District of Hawai‘i, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court); Hawai‘i state courts (district, circuit and appellate courts); administrative hearings and appeals; Court Annexed Arbitration Program; Design Professional Conciliation Panels; Medical Claim Conciliation Panels; Multi-District Litigation; arbitrations, including arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association, before private and international arbitrators, and before appraisers in lease rent determinations; and mediations.

We are equally proud of our record in reducing our clients’ legal expenses through prevention counseling and risk-avoidance audits, early negotiated settlements, successful motion practice, and skillful use of alternative dispute resolution methods. We communicate with our clients and ensure efficient delivery of services through the use of new litigation support technologies, such as extranets where our clients can access copies of pleadings and other case documents 24/7, and digital senders for fast, paperless transmission of incoming documents. We are committed to providing our litigation clients with efficient, cost-effective, quality service that is second to none.

Attorneys in Goodsill’s Litigation Practice Group include active members of professional organizations such as the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates and they regularly present at seminars and publish. They are frequently selected to participate in State and Federal Judicial Conferences and to serve on the Advisory Council to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2004, Goodsill was the first and only Hawai‘i firm to be invited to be a member of USLAW network, a national organization of independent law firms committed to providing high quality legal service to litigation clients.