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David A. Gruebner
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David focuses his practice on medical malpractice, product liability, construction litigation and general civil litigation.

His career began in Texas with a judicial clerkship with the United States Bankruptcy Court in 1988. After practicing for three years at Cowles & Thompson in Dallas, he traded in his cowboy hat for an Aloha shirt and joined Burke Sakai McPheeters Bordner Iwanaga & Estes in Hawai‘i as an associate. In 2003, he joined Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher as a partner. Prior to Goodsill, David was a partner at Ayabe, Chong, Nishimoto, Sia & Nakamura.


Let’s talk teams and tees – David plays softball, basketball, ice hockey and golf.


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D. - 1989
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • B.S. - 1986
    • Major: Accountancy

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Hawai’i
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawai’i

Professional Associations

  • Hawai‘i Board of Certified Shorthand Reporters, Board Member

Practice Areas:

  • Health Law
  • Litigation and Disputes
  • Real Estate Development
  • Drug and Medical Device Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation and Coverage
  • Medical Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability

Past Positions

  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Judicial Clerk, 1988
  • Cowles Thompson, P.C., Texas
  • Burke Sakai McPheeters Bordner Iwanaga & Estes, Hawai’i, Associate
  • Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher, Partner, 2003
  • Ayabe, Chong, Nishimoto, Sia & Nakamura, Partner