Benchmark Litigation Recommends M4 and Highlights McCorriston and Mansfield as Litigation Stars.
November, 2014. Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide To America's Leading Litigation Firms And Attorneys has again acknowledged M4 as a Recommended litigation firm in Hawaii. Benchmark also singled out M4 litigators Bill McCorriston and Ken Mansfield as "Local Litigation Stars."
Benchmark's firm and attorney rankings are based on interviews with the nation's leading private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. These interviews were conducted between January and June 2014, and the rankings can be found at
U.S. News and World Report Selects M4 as One of the Best Law Firms in the U.S.
November, 2014. M4 is pleased to announce its selection as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm by U.S. News and World Report. U.S. News singled M4 out in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, White Collar Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Defense.
“We are pleased that U.S. News has again recognized the strength of our firm,” said Co-Managing Partner Ken Mansfield. “We have strong lawyers working zealously each day to serve our clients in the board room and the court room.”
U.S. News ranks law firms nationwide based upon peer reviews and client evaluations.
M4 Welcomes Two New Associates to its Litigation Department
M4 warmly welcomes Marguerite S. Nozaki and Jessica M. Wan as associates to the Firm.
Ms. Nozaki brings over eight years of litigation experience to the Firm, having served as an associate at two other Honolulu law firms and most recently as Deputy Corporation Counsel to the City and County of Honolulu. As Corporation Counsel, Ms. Nozaki represented various departments of the County, including the Honolulu Police Department, focusing on civil rights litigation and employment law. In addition to these areas, Ms. Nozaki's experience covers a wide range of practices, including insurance defense, workers' compensation, complex civil and commercial litigation, trust litigation, and medical malpractice.
2014 Super Lawyers Recognizes Five M4 Attorneys
M4 is proud to announce that five of its attorneys have been selected as 2014 Hawaii Super Lawyers. The selected attorneys are:
D. Scott MacKinnon - Real Estate
Kenneth J. Mansfield - General Litigation
William C. McCorriston - Business Litigation
Clifford J. Miller - Real Estate
David J. Minkin - General Litigation
William McCorriston and
Kenneth Mansfield, were selected as Top 25 Lawyers in the State of Hawaii.
Twelve M4 Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers in America, 2015.
August, 2014. M4 is pleased to announce that twelve of its lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2015. The lawyers recognized are:
Brian Hirai - Public Finance Law
Robert G. Klein - Commercial Litigation
D. Scott MacKinnon - Real Estate Law
Kenneth J. Mansfield - Commercial Litigation
William C. McCorriston - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Clifford J. Miller - Real Estate Law
David J. Minkin - Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation
Charles E. Pear, Jr. - Real Estate Law
Stewart Pressman - Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Randall F. Sakumoto - Real Estate Law
Randall K. Schmitt - Commercial Litigation
Keith Kiyoshi Suzuka - Real Estate Law
Catherine Taschner appointed to the Access to Justice Commission's Committee on Increasing Pro Bono Services
M4 associate Catherine Taschner was appointed a member of the Access to Justice Commission's Committee on Increasing Pro Bono Services. By studying best practices in other jurisdictions for increasing the level of pro bono services by lawyers and others who may assist in overcoming barriers to access to justice, the Committee hopes to foster a culture of commitment to high-level pro bono service.
M4 Attorneys to Present “Creating Fundable Startups” Seminar on Maui.
M4 attorneys Darren Nunn and Catherine Taschner are partnering with the Business Law Corps and the Maui Economic Development Board to lead a free seminar entitled “Creating Fundable Startups” at the Maui Research & Technology Center on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. The seminar will discuss the legal and business issues that arise when starting and growing an emerging growth company, and how to attract venture capital investors and other important sources of financing.
M4 Attorneys, Practice Areas Ranked by Chambers USA 2014.
M4 is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized seven M4 attorneys and three M4 practice areas in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers USA recognized the following M4 attorneys:
William McCorriston (Commercial Litigation)
Clifford Miller (Real Estate)
Scott MacKinnon (Real Estate)
David Minkin (Commercial Litigation)
Charles Pear (Real Estate)
Stewart Pressman (Corporate/Commercial)
Kenneth Mansfield (Commercial Litigation)
M4 Associates Catherine Taschner and Scot Matayoshi Volunteer Services for Law Week.
On May 5, 2014, M4 Associates Catherine Taschner and Scot Matayoshi volunteered to staff a free legal information clinic in Nanakuli for Law Week, an event run by the Young Lawyers Division of the HSBA. Community members were encouraged to seek legal information to better understand the legal issues they are facing. Questions ranged from adoption to Hawaiian sovereignty.
Hawai'i Intermediate Court of Appeals Upholds Judgment in Favor of M4's Client The Kahala Hotel & Resort
M4 attorneys David Minkin and Becky Chestnut obtained a significant win in the Hawai'i Intermediate Court of Appeals on behalf of The Kahala Hotel & Resort. The opinion affirmed judgment in favor of The Kahala Hotel & Resort reversing the trial court's denial of The Kahala Hotel & Resort's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment as to liability and holding moot the reversal of the jury verdict because without any liability, the case should have never reached the jury.
Hawai'i Supreme Court Upholds M4's Successful Appeal on Behalf of Kauai Planning Commission
M4 attorneys David Minkin and Becky Chestnut obtained a significant win in the Hawai'i Supreme Court on behalf of the Planning Commission of the County of Kaua'i. The Supreme Court’s historic published opinion affirmed the Intermediate Court of Appeals' judgment in favor of the Planning Commission, and further clarified the duties imposed by the public trust doctrine.
M4 to Represent the County of Kauai - February 2014
M4's team, headed by David Minkin, Jesse Smith and Troy Andrade, was selected to represent the County of Kauai in the Ordinance 960 lawsuit filed by four biotech seed companies in federal court.As reported by The Garden Island: County Councilman Gary Hooser, who co-introduced the bill, said he was pleased the county settled on such a "high-powered, first-class" law firm - one he added has represented the county well in the past.
M4 Obtains Patent and Trademark Win - February 2014
KonaRed has agreed to pay fees in the form of stock to M4 client VDF FutureCeuticals for patent and trademark rights as the result of a lawsuit filed by M4 attorneys Robert G. Klein and Jordon J. Kimura. KonaRed is also required to purchase its raw materials from VDF beginning in 2017, according to the settlement. The lawsuit alleged that KonaRed infringed on three patents held by VDF and also violated VDF’s trademark for “Coffeeberry”. KonaRed’s attempt to invalidate VDF’s patents through the U. S. Trademark and Patent Office failed, leading to the settlement.
M4 Welcomes Courtney Sue-Ako and Bennett Chin to the Firm
M4 is pleased to welcome Courtney Sue-Ako as an Associate and Bennett Chin as Of Counsel to the Firm.
Courtney Sue-Ako graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with an Honors degree in English, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. At the University of Hawai'i, William S. Richardson School of Law, she was a member of the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team and a Tech Editor for the University of Hawai'i Law Review. She also served as Vice-Magister on the Phi Delta Phi Richardson Inn board, and was a research assistant to Professor Danielle Conway.
M4 Wins Landmark Easement Case against State - December 2013
M4 partners Robert G. Klein and Randall K. Schmitt won a significant victory in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Honolulu) for firm client the Gold Coast Neighborhood Association, which consists of many of the condominiums and co-ops fronting the Waikiki Seawall. The Court ruled that the State owned the Seawall and the property under it by surrender and/or has an easement over the Seawall for public access. This ruling means that the State, and not the private landowners abutting the Seawall, have the obligation to repair and maintain the Seawall together with legal liability arising out of the Seawall's disrepair.
Hawaii Supreme Court Victory for M4 Client - December 2013
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, represented by M4 lawyers Robert G. Klein and Becky Chestnut, won a significant victory in the Hawai'i Supreme Court, which decided that revenues derived from the ceded lands trust created under the federal Admissions Act could be used by the Trustees of OHA in their discretion for the benefit of all Hawaiians regardless of blood quantum. This case follows on an earlier 9th Circuit Court ruling that upheld the Trustees use of ceded lands revenues under the federal law.
Top 25: 2013 Hawaii Super Lawyers "Best of the Best" Recognizes Two M4 Attorneys
M4 is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys have been selected as the Top 25 Lawyers in Hawaii for 2013 Featured by Super Lawyers. The selected attorneys are:
William C. McCorriston - Litigation
David J. Minkin - Litigation, Land Use/Zoning
Scot Matayoshi Elected as Director for the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association
Scot Z. Matayoshi was elected to a two-year term as a Director for the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA). The Young Lawyers Division seeks to build relationships among young lawyers and assist the HSBA in carrying out its programs and goals, including community outreach and public service.
M4 Associates Volunteer for Junior Judges Day
October 2013. M4 associates Scot Matayoshi, Cat Taschner, Jesse Smith, David Day and Courtney Sue-Ako visited Ma'ili Elementary School in Waianae to participate in the HSBA Young Lawyers Division Junior Judges Program. Each attorney spoke to a class of sixth graders about the ethical and legal ramifications of commonly faced issues such as cheating, teasing, bullying, stealing, and property destruction. After the lesson, the M4 lawyers joined the students for lunch and spoke about their experiences both in school and as attorneys.
M4 Welcomes Two New Associates to the Firm
M4 is pleased to welcome Troy J. H. Andrade and David D. Day as new associates to its litigation department.
Troy J. H. Andrade graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Richardson School of Law in 2011, where he served as managing editor for the University of Hawaii Law Review. Troy worked as a research assistant to Professor Eric K. Yamamoto, and authored an award-winning article.
M4 Announces its 2013-14 Scholarship Winners
M4 is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon Scholarship Fund: Mary Evans, Jessica Gima, Ewan Rayner, and Kevin White. Each year M4 awards scholarships to a select group of students who demonstrate superior academic ability in M4's two primary areas of practice: real property and litigation.
Catherine Taschner Honored for Her Excellence in Pro Bono Work
Catherine A. Taschner will be one of five Hawaii attorneys honored as an Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney at the 2013 Pro Bono Celebration. Catherine was nominated by the Business Law Corps for her commitment to provide high-quality pro bono legal services for small business owners of limited means.
2013 Super Lawyers Recognizes Eleven M4 Attorneys
M4 is proud to announce that nine of its attorneys have been selected as 2013 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
8 M4 Lawyers Named to 2014 Best Lawyers List. M4 is pleased to announce that eight of its lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, 2014. The lawyers recognized are: William C. McCorriston - Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
M4 client, the Hawai'i Association of Professional Employer's Organizations, a trade group, was instrumental in the passage of Act 174, signed by Governor Abercrombie on June 25, 2013. The new law provides for registration of PEOs with the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and exempts them from certain taxes. HAPEO selected M4 attorney Robert G. Klein to assist with its legislative lobbying efforts and successful passage of the measure.
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 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 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 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 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 Represents Client in Successful Challenge to Land Use Reversion. M4 attorneys Peter J. Hamasaki, 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.
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, 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.