Bennett J. Chin


Bennett J. Chin is the head of M4’s Design Professionals Defense & Counseling Group, primarily representing and counseling architects and engineers. He has over 25 years of experience and is recognized by Best Lawyers® in the areas of Construction Law, Construction Litigation and Commercial Litigation. His construction law practice includes construction defect claims, delay impact and loss productivity claims, professional negligence claims, construction contract and payment disputes and he has assisted clients on a wide variety of projects including shopping centers, airports, municipal works, transportation projects, residential projects, hospital projects, commercial high-rises, restaurants and government buildings.

His legal career has spanned being a partner in a small civil litigation practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, to serving as a Senior Complex Litigation Attorney with Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP in their San Francisco offices.

Later, Bennett served as Claims Consultant for a Professional Liability Insurance Carrier before moving to Hawaii to continue his private practice.

He frequently gives seminars on loss prevention and risk management and has lectured for numerous organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Society of Interior Designers, the Structural Engineers Association of Hawaii, the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley and the Pacific Building Trade Expo.

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1995
  • California, 1992


  • J.D. (1991) Santa Clara University School of Law
  • B.A. (1988) University of California, Berkeley

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • State Bar of California


  • Architects and Engineers
  • Construction Litigation

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Commercial Litigation
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