Miyoko Pettit-Toledo


Appeals, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Constitutional Law, Creditor's Rights, Insurance Defense, Trust Litigation

Phone: 808-529-7300

Fax: 808-524-8293

Email: info@m4law.com

Miyoko T. Pettit-Toledo is an associate in the firm's litigation department. Her practice focuses primarily on complex civil and commercial litigation, trust litigation, creditor's rights, constitutional law, insurance defense, and appeals.

An alumna of ‘Iolani School, Mrs. Pettit-Toledo graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American History and Literature and a minor in French Language and Literature. Mrs. Pettit-Toledo then attended the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law. She received awards for achieving the highest grades in Advanced Civil Procedure, Legal Practice I, Legal Practice II (Appellate Advocacy), Second-Year Seminar, Federal Indian Law, International Protection of Human Rights, Business Associations, Immigration Law, and Social Justice Theory and Practice. In 2014, she was a Sam L. Cohen Foundation International Human Rights Summer Fellow. Mrs. Pettit-Toledo served as a teaching assistant for the L.L.M. legal writing and research course and Legal Fundamentals II course. She was also a Case Note and Publications Committee Editor for the University of Hawai‘i Law Review. In 2015, Mrs. Pettit-Toledo graduated summa cum laude as class valedictorian.

Following law school, Mrs. Pettit-Toledo clerked for Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack of the Hawaii Supreme Court and for Senior Judge Susan Oki Mollway of the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Mrs. Pettit-Toledo joined the firm in October 2017.

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 2015
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2017


University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • J.D. summa cum laude - 2015
  • Honors: Valedictorian
  • Honors: Michael P. Porter Scholastic Award (Highest Cumulative GPA)
  • Honors: 2014 Sam L. Cohen Foundation International Human Rights Summer Fellow
  • Law Review: University of Hawai'i Law Review, Case Note and Publications Committee Editor

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • B.A. magna cum laude - 2011
  • Honors: Two-time co-captain of the Women's Division I Varsity Volleyball Team
  • Major: American History & Literature
  • Minor: French Language & Literature

Published Works

  • Who Is Worthy of Redress?: Recognizing Sexual Violence Injustice Against Women of Color as Uniquely Redress-Worthy--Illuminated by a Case Study on Kenya's Mau Mau Women and Their Unique Harms, 30 BERKELEY JOURNAL OF GENDER, LAW & JUSTICE 268, 2015
  • Bridging the Chasm: Reconciliation's Needed Implementation Fourth Step, 15 SEATTLE JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 109 with Eric K. Yamamoto and Sarah Sheffield), 2016
  • A Crucial 2016 Next Step Toward Jeju April Third Reconciliation: United States Responsibility for Social Healing Through Justice, JEJU 4.3 GRAND TRAGEDY DURING PEACETIME KOREA: THE ASIA-PACIFIC CONTEXT (1947-2016) (book chapter with Eric K. Yamamoto et al.), 2016
  • Unfinished Business: A Joint United States and South Korea Jeju 4.3 Tragedy Task Force to Further Implement Recommendations and Foster Comprehensive and Enduring Social Healing Through Justice, 15 ASIA-PACIFIC LAW & POLICY JOURNAL 1 (with Eric K. Yamamoto and Sara Lee), 2014
  • What's Next?: A Joint United States and South Korea Jeju 4.3 Tragedy Task to Further Implement Recommendations and Foster Comprehensive and Enduring "Social Healing Through Justice,", 2 JEJU WORLD ENVIRONMENT AND ISLAND STUDIES 1 (with Eric K. Yamamoto), 2013

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Senior Judge Susan Oki Mollway, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, Law Clerk, 2016 - 2017
  • Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack, Hawaii Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 2015 - 2016
  • Trial Chamber, Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague, Netherlands, Summer Law Clerk/Legal Intern
  • Professor Eric K. Yamamoto, Korematsu Scholar Advocate, 2012 - 2015
  • French Ministry of Education - Blois, France, English Teaching Assistant, 2011 - 2012