M4, As Post-Trial Counsel, Overturns $2.144 Million Jury Verdict M4 attorneys Jesse Smith, Jonathan Steiner, and David Minkin sought a new trial for Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Inc. ("Bubba Gump"). At the trial, the jury awarded plaintiff $2.144 million in damages after determining that Bubba Gump (then represented by separate counsel) was negligent in a slip and fall at its Mai Tai Bar in Ala Moana Center. Because of conflicting jury instructions and improper comments by Plaintiff's counsel, the Court set aside the verdict and ordered a new trial.
M4 Successfully Appeals Adverse Ruling for County of Kauaʻi. M4 attorneys David Minkin, Becky Chestnut, and Dayna Kamimura-Ching successfully represented the Planning Commission of the County of Kauaʻi in appealing a circuit court’s decision that declared a Use Permit and a Class IV Zoning Permit automatically approved and ordered the Planning Commission to grant a Special Permit without further deliberation. In a published opinion, the Intermediate Court of Appeals vacated the circuit court’s final judgment and provided much-needed clarification of the Planning Commission’s public trust duties.
M4 Wins Significant Destination Club Appeal. The Intermediate Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of M4 client Exclusive Resorts, which owns and operates a high end Destination Club at Pauoa Beach on the Big Island of Hawai'i, that the Club was not subject to state regulation as a timeshare business.
Donald Wong Presents Continuing Education Seminar. In February, M4 partner Donald Wong provided required continuing education training to Morgan Stanley investment advisors.
M4 Welcomes Back Keith Suzuka. M4 is thrilled to welcome back Keith Kiyoshi Suzuka as a partner in the firm's real estate department. In 1990, the firm - then known as McCorriston Miho & Miller - gave Keith the opportunity to work for the Tokyo Law Firm of Nagashima & Ohno.
M4's Procurement Team Wins Major Rail Appeal. M4's Procurement Team of David Minkin, Ken Mansfield and Laura Lucas obtained a critical victory before the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals on behalf of their client, Ansaldo Honolulu JV, the contract awardee of the $1.4B Core Systems contract for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project.
Benchmark Litigation Highly Recommends M4 and Highlights McCorriston, Minkin and Mansfield as Litigation Stars. October, 2012. Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide To America's Leading Litigation Firms And Attorneys has again named M4 a "Highly Recommended" litigation firm in Hawaii.
M4 Welcomes Two New Associates to the Firm. M4 is pleased to welcome Scot Z. Matayoshi and Catherine A. Taschner as new associates to the Firm.
2012 Super Lawyers Recognizes Seven M4 Attorneys.
M4 is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys have been selected as 2012 Hawaii Super Lawyers. The selected attorneys are:
• D. Scott MacKinnon – Real Estate, Condominiums, Commercial Loans
• Kenneth J. Mansfield – Litigation, Health Care, Government Contracts
• William C. McCorriston – Litigation
• Clifford J. Miller – Real Estate, Corporate
• David J. Minkin - Litigation, Land Use/Zoning
• Charles E. Pear, Jr. – Real Estate, Time Share, Condominiums
• John Y. Yamano – Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury Defense
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The final list of Hawaii Super Lawyers represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Hawaii.
M4 Obtains Dismissal of Anti-Rail Lawsuit. M4's Procurement Team obtained judgment on the pleadings in favor of its client, Ansaldo Honolulu JV, in a lawsuit filed by Honolulu resident Paul Berry.
OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS RECEIVES $200M LAND SETTLEMENT. M4 attorneys Robert G. Klein, Randall Sakumoto, Peter Hamasaki and Joel Kam were instrumental in advising the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ("OHA") during the due diligence phase of the land settlement that passed the State Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Neil Abercrombie on April 11, 2012. The legislation provides for the transfer of 30 acres of prime oceanfront land at Kakaako Makai to OHA in settlement of a decades-long dispute over revenues due OHA for the state's use of lands ceded to the State of Hawai'i at statehood in 1959. Mr. Klein was singled out by OHA Chair Colette Machado and Governor Abercrombie for his work on the settlement.
M4 Selected by City to Review Rail Disputes. M4 is pleased to announce that its Construction and Government Contracts practice groups joined forces and were selected to review all construction claim disputes and to represent the City and County of Honolulu when such disputes arise in the process of developing the high speed rail project. Led by Senior Partner and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert Klein, the team includes construction litigators Randall Schmitt, Lisa Cataldo and Jordon Kimura, and procurement litigators David Minkin and Ken Mansfield. M4 looks forward to assisting the City with the planning, construction, operation and extension of the rail system.
M4 Procurement Team Scores Another Big Victory. M4's Procurement Team successfully represented CVS Caremark in defending its recent award of the State Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund's Pharmacy Benefits Management Services contract. Led by David Minkin, Ken Mansfield, Laura Lucas and Jesse Smith, CVS Caremark prevailed in four protests and subsequent administrative appeals filed by a CVS competitor, allowing the EUTF to transition its pharmacy benefits services to CVS Caremark over the coming months.
M4 appoints Laura S. Lucas as Partner: M4 is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura S. Lucas as a new partner of the Firm.
M4 Represents Client in Successful Challenge to Land Use Reversion. M4 attorneys Peter J. Hamasaki and Dayna H. Kamimura-Ching, on behalf of their client, DW Aina Le'a, successfully appealed a decision of the State Land Use Commission that sought to revoke the long-standing urban land use classification of The Villages of Aina Le'a on the Island of Hawaii. Judge Elizabeth Strance of the Third Circuit ruled in favor of DW Aina Le'a and its co-appellant, finding that the Land Use Commission had improperly attempted to revert the land use classification of the property.
November, 2011. Benchmark Litigation has named M4 a "Highly Recommended" litigation firm in Hawaii and recognized three of its litigators - Bill McCorriston, David Minkin and Ken Mansfield - as "Local Litigation Stars".
Bill McCorriston to Speak on Hawaii Tort Law : M4 Partner Bill McCorriston was one of the featured speakers at a seminar for insurance agents and brokers on November 16 -- Agent & Broker Ethics and Insurance Law & Rules. Bill presented on Hawaii Tort Law.
McCorriston Attorneys Selected to Superlawyers.com : M4 is pleased to announce that six M4 lawyers have been selected to the 2011 edition of Superlawyers.com. Cliff Miller, D. Scott MacKinnon, Bill McCorriston, Charlie Pear, David Minkin, and John Yamano have been listed in the 2011 edition of Superlawyers.com.
Stewart Pressman Named Honolulu Lawyer of the Year for Mergers & Acquisitions Law :
Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Stewart Pressman as the "Honolulu Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012.
M4 recognized as a Platinum Sponsor of Legal Aid :
M4 recently honored as a Platinum Sponsor of Legal Aid's Justice Fundraising Campaign.
M4 successfully defends class action against the Kahala Hotel & Resort : The M4 trial team, headed by David J. Minkin, Lisa W. Cataldo, and Dayna H. Kamimura-Ching, represented the Kahala Hotel & Resort in a class action lawsuit brought by former banquet customers.
M4 secures NCAA Victory in Seattle Bowl Lawsuit : M4 Lawyers Bill McCorriston and Ken Mansfield Lead NCAA to Defense Verdict in Seattle Bowl Trial. (2011.09.19)
M4 leads client to victory in State's largest ever procurement protest : M4 and its client, winning bidder Ansaldo Honolulu JV, prevailed in various protests from the award of the Design-Build-Operate-Maintain Contract for the Honolulu Rail. (2011.09.13)
M4 welcomes Jesse J. T. Smith to the Firm : M4 is pleased to welcome Jesse J. T. Smith as a new associate of the Firm. (2011.09.12)
McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP, Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" : Hawai'i, by Best Lawyers in America ® 2010.
Bill McCorriston, Lawyer of the Year 2010, Bet-The-Company Litigation : Honolulu, by Best Lawyers in America ® 2010.