Firm Overview

The Trust & Estate Litigation team, headed by Founding Partner Michael D. Rudy

MacDonald Rudy is a leading law firm in Honolulu that specializes in a wide range of litigation, including trust and estate litigation; admiralty & maritime issues, insurance coverage and other civil suits.

Michael D. Rudy founded the firm in 1992 as a general commercial practice. In 1998, Stephen B. MacDonald joined the firm as senior partner in the litigation department. Ralph J. O’Neill and Robert M. Yamauchi joined soon after as partners, and the firm has continued to expand.

All of our senior partners have more than 25 years of experience in Hawaii, and we represent both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and the state court of Hawaii. Our clients range from individuals to local businesses to large mainland firms.

Attorney Group Photo

From left: Associate Matthew A.Hemme, Partner Ralph J. O’Neill and Jeyanne Cacho

We’ve made a point to invest heavily in technology to enhance our practice, integrating Westlaw, litigation databases, Electronically Stored Information applications, video conferencing and other tools to handle some of the most complex cases in Hawaii.

Our motto is to provide personalized services, addressing each client’s individual needs and circumstances and tailoring our representation to fit the scale of the dispute. When structuring agreements, we take into consideration our clients’ objectives and financial situation, with the aim of providing the highest quality representation possible.


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