Miyoko Pettit-Toledo

Associate

Miyoko T. Pettit-Toledo is an associate in the firm’s litigation department. She has experience in business disputes, creditor’s rights, and professional liability. She assisted in obtaining favorable rulings on motions for judgment on the pleadings, motions for summary judgment, and other discovery and pretrial motions. Miyoko has contributed to appellate briefs submitted to the Intermediate Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also participated in many successful mediations, settlement negotiations, and settlement conferences to quickly and efficiently resolve legal disputes.

An alumna of ‘Iolani School, Miyoko 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.

In 2015, Miyoko graduated summa cum laude as class valedictorian from the University of Hawaii 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. Miyoko served as a teaching assistant for the L.L.M. legal writing and research course and Legal Fundamentals II course.

Following law school, Miyoko clerked for Associate Justice Richard W. Pollack of the Hawaii Supreme Court and for Senior Judge Susan Oki Mollway of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Miyoko joined the firm in October 2017. When not practicing law, Miyoko enjoys learning new languages, stand up paddle boarding, expanding her wine selection, and cheering for the Brazilian men’s national soccer team.

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  •  J.D. (2015) University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, summa cum laude, class valedictorian, Michael P. Porter Scholastic Award (Highest Cumulative GPA), 2014 Sam L. Cohen Foundation International Human Rights Summer Fellow, Law Review - Case Note and Publications Committee Editor
  • B.A. (2011) American History & Literature, Minor in French Language & Literature, Harvard University, magna cum laude, Two-time co-captain - Women’s Division I Varsity Volleyball

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, Hawaii Chapter

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Products Liability, Personal Injury and Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Appellate - State and Federal
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

Creditors’ Rights

Employment Law

Selected by the Hawaii Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and United States District Court for the District of Hawaii to participate in the 2019 Hawaii Federal Trial Academy

  • Volunteer, Legal Lines, Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Volunteer, Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii - Weinberg Villages Outreach Program
  • 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 (2016) (with Eric K. Yamamoto and Sarah Sheffield).
  • A Crucial 2016 Next Step Toward Jeju April Third Reconciliation: United States Responsibility for Social Healing Through Justice, in JEJU 4.3 GRAND TRAGEDY DURING PEACETIME KOREA: THE ASIA-PACIFIC CONTEXT (1947-2016) (2016) (book chapter with Eric K. Yamamoto et al.).
  • 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 (2014) (with Eric K. Yamamoto and Sara Lee).
  • 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 (2013) (with Eric K. Yamamoto).

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