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Terence O’Toole is a director of the Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher law firm. He manages the firm’s litigation department and has over forty years experience in the area of commercial and complex litigation. Mr. O'Toole holds Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible professional rating (AV Preeminent) given by legal peers, based on their knowledge of his work, reputation and integrity.  

Mr. O'Toole has been named 2011 Bet-The-Company, Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year", 2012 Banking & Finance Litigation, Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year" 2014 Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year", Appellate Practice and 2015 Hawaii "Lawyer of the Year", Banking and Finance Litigation, by Best Lawyers in America. He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America; in ("Appellate Practice", "Arbitration", "Bet-The-Company”, "Commercial Litigation", "Construction Litigation", "Banking & Finance Litigation", "Mergers & Acquisitions", and "Real Estate Litigation”).  He is recognized by Chambers USA as a Star, and one of the top Leading Lawyers in Band 1 Litigation for commercial litigation.  Mr. O'Toole has been selected for inclusion to the Top Listed, Top 25 Hawaii Super Lawyers list. Mr. O'Toole is also recognized as a Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate and Benchmark Plaintiff.

Trial Experience

Although Mr. O’Toole’s practice includes a full range of litigation matters, his primary area of emphasis is trial work involving real estate litigation, hospitality industry related litigation, construction claims and disputes, lender liability and international claims and litigation.

Mr. O’Toole has been lead counsel in jury and non-jury trials in federal and state courts in California and Hawaii; and he has represented multi-national companies on claims and litigation matters arising out of other venues in the Pacific Rim.  He has also handled numerous arbitrations under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association and similar organizations.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%

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Contact info

Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher

733 Bishop Street, 19th Floor
Pacific Guardian Ctr., Makai Twr.
Honolulu, HI, 96813-4022


DCInactive 198911/29/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year, Appellate PracticeBest Lawyers in America2014
Litigation, StarChambers & Partners USA Guide2013
Lawyer of the Year, Banking & Finance LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
StarBenchmark Litigation2012
Business Litigation, Top 25Super Lawyers2012
StarBenchmark Plaintiff2012
StarBenchmark Appellate2012
Lawyer of the Year, Bet The CompanyBest Lawyers in America2011
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
ListedBar Register of Preeminent LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
DirectorStarn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher LC1999 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hawaii State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1971
University of CaliforniaEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1967