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David J. Minkin

Partner since 1995
Administrative Head, Litigation (2009-2010, 2012-2014)
Chair, Hiring Committee (2011-2014)
Honolulu, Hawaii

David J. Minkin has been a resident of Hawaii since 1975. Licensed in Hawaii in 1984, he spent ten years in the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City & County of Honolulu before joining the law firm of McCorriston Miho Miller Mukai in 1995, where he has specialized in civil litigation in trial and appellate Courts, administrative hearings, arbitrations and mediations representing individuals, corporations and municipalities. Mr. Minkin has been recognized annually in Best Lawyers in America (Hawaii) since 2014, Chambers USA since 2007, Benchmark Litigation since 2009, and Superlawyers (Hawaii) since 2011.

Year Joined Firm

  • 1995

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Rights
  • Health Care
  • Land Use
  • Creditor's Rights

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2015


  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • J.D. - 1984
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
    • M.P.H. - 1980
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A. - 1975
    • Major: Sociology/Political Science
  • Kapiolani Community College
    • Legal Assistant Program - 1981

Representative Cases

  • O. Thronas, Inc., et al. v. Alva Blake, et al. (Dismissal of RICO federal action)
  • Sabado v. Association of Apartment Owners of Hawaii Kai Peninsula (Dismissal of whistleblower claims)
  • Lenthal v. County of Kaua'i (Plaintiff Lenthal awarded only $1.00 by jury for discrimination claims)
  • 1000 Friends of Kaua'i, et al. v. County of Kaua'i (Verdict as a matter of law)
  • Jason Kawakami v. Kahala Hotel Investors, LLC (Class action; Jury verdict against hotel reversed)
  • Sheehan v. County of Kaua'i, et al. (Revocation of special management area use permits for boatyard)
  • Election Systems & Software, Inc. v. Kevin Cronin, et al. (Intervention in Bid Protest re: election equipment)
  • Copley Investment Group v. VIVE Hospitality, LLC (Jury waived; client hotel defeated summary possession)
  • DW Aina Lea v. State of Hawaii, Land Use Commission (Hawaii Supreme Court affirmed trial court decision against Land Use Commission)
  • Pila'a 400, LLC v. Andrade (Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals vacated trial court mandate re: recorded easement, sanctions and award of fees)
  • County of Kaua'i v. OIP (Hawaii Supreme Court affirmed ICA opinions, which had affirmed trial court's determination that withheld from public disclosure file re: County Council's executive session minutes)
  • Guerrero v. RJM Acquisitions LLC (Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and vacated $45,000 fee for Guerrero's counsel)

Representative Clients

  • Ansaldo Honolulu JV
  • CVS Caremark
  • County of Hawaii
  • County of Kaua'i
  • Garden Island Disposal
  • Hart Intercivic
  • Hawaii Medical Assurance Association
  • Howard Hughes Corporation
  • James Pflueger
  • Kahala Hotel Investors dba Kahala hotel & Resort
  • Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
  • Kuhio Motors
  • Living Essentials, LLC dba 5-Hour Energy
  • Midland Credit Management
  • Multiplan, Inc.
  • Na'i Aupuni
  • Sarento's on the Beach, LLC
  • Schindler Elevator Corporation
  • Shirokiya, Inc.
  • St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii
  • The Honorable Alan Arakawa
  • The Honorable Jeremy Harris
  • The Honorable John D. Waihee, III
  • VIVE Hospitality, LLC
  • Waialae Country Club

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Top 25 - Hawaii 2013
  • Chambers USA, 2007 - Present
  • Benchmark Litigation, 2009 - 2013
  • Super Lawyers, 2011 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Attorney Delegate, United States District Court Conferences: 2010-2012
  • American Collectors Association, Inc., Members' Attorney Program, 2000 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • First Circuit Court, Per Diem District Court Judge, 1995 - 1996
  • Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, Sexual Assault Branch, Honolulu, Hawaii, Chief, 1990 - 1994
  • Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, Career Criminal Unit, Honolulu Hawaii, Deputy, 1984 - 1989

Pro Bono Activities

  • Commissioner, City and County of Honolulu, Zoning Board of Appeals 2001-2011 (Chairperson 2002-2011)
  • Legal services for Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapiolani Medical Center and Honolulu Crimestoppers

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