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Commercial & Maritime Litigation

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Admiralty & Maritime Law

For more than two decades, we’ve represented vessel interests in seaman and passenger matters on such issues as vessel arrest and bonding; bareboat charter; maintenance and cure; equipment defects; United States Coast Guard regulations; and issues arising under general maritime law and the Jones Act.

Maritime law is in a state of flux, and courts across the country are re examining a variety of issues. To best represent our clients, we stay current with the latest developments in this area.

Partner Ralph J. O’Neill is approaching 20 years of experience on behalf of vessel interests. The rest of our maritime legal team are members of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and engage in continuing legal education specific to this field.

Insurance Coverage

The firm has represented a number of primary and excess carriers, and in certain instances corporate policyholders, in matters that have ranged from Hawaii’s most complex construction defect cases to the interests of excess insurers with respect to primary insurers and defense of bad faith claims, among other coverage areas.

Commercial Litigation

We handle complex commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. We actively litigate in all judicial circuits covering all islands in Hawaii. We represent both local clients as well as national and multi-national international firms seeking representation in Hawaii.

We handle a variety of commercial cases, including complex multi-million dollar breach of contract claims; claims involving violations of both state and federal law; both prosecution and defense of various tort claims; and claims involving requests for declaratory and injunctive relief in all state and federal courts.


Practice areas include construction and real estate financial disputes, development, defect and mechanic’s liens. Representative clients include contracts, ranging from established Hawaii family businesses to some of Hawaii’s largest construction companies, developers and insurers.

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Products Liability Defense

We’ve had an active practice defending manufacturers in a wide variety of claims, from consumer products to asbestos defense related to construction materials, gaskets/packing and pumps. Ralph J. O’Neill has been lead counsel in numerous high-stakes cases.

Tort & Professional Malpractice Defense

The firm has represented manufacturers and insurance carriers in serious injury and death cases involving alleged product defects, toxic torts, construction accident, premises liability and professional negligence defense. We have represented Hawaii and national companies. We work with numerous large insurance companies, and are panel counsel.

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