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David has over thirty (30) years of experience as an attorney in Hawaii and the U.S. mainland handling various types of serious personal injury matters, complex litigation and transactional matters.  His experience includes a one year judicial clerkship with the LA. 2d Circuit Court of Appeals, three (3) years in Louisiana as an associate with a large insurance defense law firm and over twenty-five (25) years in Hawaii, including four years as an associate, a special “Of Counsel” position with one of the oldest and largest law firms in the State of Hawaii, and over twenty (20) years as a partner/member of his own law firm.   In his thirty years of practice, David has handled a wide variety of legal disputes and transactional matters, including but not limited to, numerous high value personal injury, business and real estate matters, copyright and trademark filings and disputes, commercial matters, real estate transactions and disputes and all types of general civicl litigation.  David's personal injury practice includes, but is not limited to, handling wrongful death actions, permanent brain and spinal injuries, paralysis,  permanent scarring and disfigurement, serious burn cases, blindness and eye injuries, motor vehicle and trucking accidents, boating accidents, aviation, serious fractures and other internal injuries, admirality and maritime cases, ocean and pool injuries and death and all other kinds of landowner and premise liability cases.



Languages spoken: Japanese, Spanish, Russian, Filipino

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    31 years, 100 cases
  2. Litigation: 30%
    31 years, 100 cases
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    31 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($230-250/hour), contingent (30-40%)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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Attorney At Law, LLLC

Po Box 390364
Keauhou, HI, 96739-0364


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commercial Litigator of the YearAcquisition International2014
Top Lawyers In HawaiiSHOWMARK MEDIA, LLC2014
Who's Who Among Executives and ProfessionalsCambridge2012
Race for the MarbleTulane University Law School1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSmith Law Firm2004 - Present
Of CounselCarlsmith Ball, LLP2007 - 2008
PartnerVan Pernis, Smith and Vancil1989 - 2004
AssociateCamp, Carmouche, Barsch, Hunter, Gray, Hoffman, & Gill New Orleans La1986 - 1989
Law ClerkSecond Circuit Court Of Appeals1985 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hawaii State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
West Hawaii Bar AssociationPast Vice President1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tiki Shark Art Inc. v. CafePressSettled
Maureen Gregory v. Theresa McDaniels, Et. Al.Half Million Dollar Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of TexasPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fundamentals of Landlord-Tenant LawLandlord Tenant Law2012