David J. Minkin


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 state and federal trial and appellate courts, administrative hearings, arbitrations and mediations representing individuals, corporations and municipalities.

David has been recognized annually in Best Lawyers in America (Hawaii) since 2014, Chambers USA since 2007, Benchmark Litigation since 2009, and Super Lawyers (Hawaii) since 2011.





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
  • J.D. (1984) University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • M.P.H. (1980) University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • B.A. (1975) Sociology/Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • American Bar Association
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Attorney Delegate, United States District Court Conferences, 2010-2012
Administrative, Regulatory and Government Affairs
  • Administrative Agencies & Licensing Boards
  • Government Relations and Policy
  • Procurement and Government Contracts

Creditors’ Rights

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights


  • Construction Litigation

Employment Law

Energy and Public Utilities


Health Care

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Products Liability, Personal Injury and Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate – State and Federal
Real Estate and Real Estate Development
  • Land Use and Entitlements
Trusts and Estates
  • Trust Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers 2019
  • Best Lawyer of the Year (Hawaii), 2022 (Bet-the-Company Litigation)
  • Best Lawyer of the Year (Hawaii), 2021 (Appellate Practice)
  • Best Lawyer of the Year (Hawaii), 2020 (Government Contracts)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Hawaii) 2014 – Present (Commercial Litigation, Appellate Law, Government Contracts and Litigation – Labor and Employment)
  • Chambers USA, 2007 – Present
  • Benchmark Litigation, 2009 – Present
  • Super Lawyers, 2011 – Present
  • Super Lawyers Top 25 – Hawaii 2013
  • Commissioner, City and County of Honolulu, Zoning Board of Appeals 2001-2011 (Chairperson 2002-2011)
  • Legal services for Honolulu Crimestoppers, 1996 - 2005
  • Legal services for Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapiolani Medical Center, 1995 - Present