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Darolyn H. Lendio

Honolulu, Hawaii

Darolyn H. Lendio rejoined M4 as a partner on October 1, 2015 from her position of nearly nine years as Vice President for Legal Affairs and University General Counsel for the University of Hawaii, a body corporate and the #5 Hawaii Business Top 250 Company in 2014 with a budget of $1.5B and 8,000 to 10,000 employees.  For over 30 years, she has practiced law at private law firms in Hawaii and in the public sector in Cabinet positions at both the State and County levels, building relationships and a reputation for strong advocacy.  She practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, government and administrative law, employment law, land use, contracts, insurance law, insurance defense and bad faith law, government relations and higher education law. "Clients want real solutions to real problems in real time with real results”, she said, “and good lawyers deliver those results."

Areas of Practice

  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Government Regulations
  • Insurance Defense and Bad Faith Law
  • Government and Administrative Law
  • Employment Law
  • Land Use
  • Insurance Law

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1984


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1983
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
    • A.B., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1980
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
    • Major: Journalism/Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers in America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys

Past Employment Positions

  • University of Hawai'i System, State of Hawaii, Vice President for Legal Affairs and University General Counsel; Interim Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents
  • McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, Founding Partner and Member
  • Department of the Corporation Counsel, City & County of Honolulu, Director, Outstanding City Administrator
  • Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, Associate
  • Hawai'i Supreme Court Associate Justice Yoshimi Hayashi, Extern

Pro Bono Activities

  • Judicial Council
  • Permanent Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure and Circuit Courts
  • Hawaii Filipino Lawyers
  • Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce
  • Court Annexed Arbitration Program, Circuit Courts of the State of Hawaii, Arbitrator, Master Mediator, Arbitrator Mentoring Program
  • Honolulu Charter Commission
  • Honolulu Board of Water Supply
  • Honolulu Police Commission
  • American Inns of Court, Aloha Chapter
  • Commission on Judicial Conduct
  • Committee on Rules of the Circuit Court of the State of Hawaii
  • Hawaii Judicial Conference
  • Hawaii Judicial Foresight Congress
  • American Judicature Society
  • Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, State of Hawaii, Lemon Law Arbitration Panel
  • Hawaii Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Board of Directors
  • Hawaii Bar Foundation, Director
  • The Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Legal Counsel
  • Hawaii Community Foundation, Troy Barboza Scholarship Fund Committee
  • Aloha United Way Allocation Panel

Darolyn H. Lendio

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