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Girard D. Lau

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Appeals, Litigation, Constitutional

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Licensed since 1984

  1. Appeals: 75%
    25 years
  2. Constitutional: 10%
    25 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    25 years

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Contact Info

Dept. of the Attorney General

425 Queen St
Honolulu, HI, 96813-2903




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Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who in America2013
Department Employee of the Year AwardHawaii Department of the Attorney General2007
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
Sustained Superior Performance AwardHawaii Department of the Attorney General2000
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated (1999-2013)Martindale-Hubbell1999
Harvard Law ReviewHarvard Law Review1982
Phi Beta Kappa ( < 2% of Junior class)Phi Beta Kappa (Stanford University)1980
10.0 out of 10 (Superb) Avvo attorney rating (2013-2014)AvvoN/A

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Supervising Deputy Attorney General of Appellate DivisionHawaii Department of the Attorney General2011 - Present
Solicitor GeneralHawaii Department of the Attorney General2011 - Present
First Deputy Solicitor GeneralHawaii Department of the Attorney General2007 - 2010
Deputy Attorney GeneralHawaii Department of the Attorney General1990 - 2010
Law Clerk to JusticeHawaii Supreme Court1986 - 1990
Law Clerk to JudgeU.S. Court Of Appeals Ninth Circuit1984 - 1985
Summer AssociatePaul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison1983 - 1983
Summer AssociateCarlsmith Carlsmith Wichman & Case1983 - 1983
Summer AssociateHoddick, Reinwald, O'Connor & Marrack1982 - 1982


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Harvard Law ReviewMember, Board of Editors1982 - 1984
Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University chapterLifetime Member1980 - Present
Hawaii State Bar Association, Appellate Law SectionMemberN/A
Hawaii State Bar Association, Government Lawyers SectionMemberN/A
APEC Legal Subcommittee (2011)MemberN/A
Hawaii Appellate Rules CommitteeAttorney MemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Corboy v. LouiePlaintiff Taxpayers' "reverse discrimination" case dismissed by Hawaii Supreme Court for lack of standing
Lingle v. ArakakiU.S. Supreme Court vacates Ninth Circuit decision allowing state taxpayers standing to challenge Hawaiian programs. Ninth Circuit then dismisses case.
State ex rel. Bronster v. U.S. Steel Corp.In Aloha Stadium rust suit, Hawaii Supreme Court found deceptive practices jury instruction prejudicially erroneous and vacated dismissal of negligent misrepresentation claim, allowing State to pursue both multi-million $ claims against U.S. Steel.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Harvard Law ReviewRetroactivity and the Exclusionary Rule: A Unifying Approach1984


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityLawJD cum laude1984
Stanford UniversityEconomicsA.B. with Distinction1981
Punahou SchoolN/AUnknown1977

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
HSBA Leadership InstituteMarriage Equality2013
Hawaii State Bar ConventionEthical Appellate Practice2012
Hawaii State Judiciary DVD/videoTips from the Bench and Bar: Appellate Court Practice Pointers2011
Presentation to Hawaiian Civic Club of HonoluluArakaki v Cayetano Ninth Circuit decision2002
Statewide Senate-sponsored Community MeetingsRice v. Cayetano U.S. Supreme Court decision2000
University of Hawaii Law SchoolMoot Court JudgeN/A
Appleseed FoundationQui Tam SuitsN/A