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Judith Ann Pavey has over 35 years of experience in litigation and litigation related alternative dispute resolution. She began her litigation career while still in law school where she received a special certification from the Indiana Supreme Court to act as a prosecutor on criminal cases in Marion County juvenile, misdemeanor and felony courts. Upon graduation she was hired by a high-profile litigator in Hawai‘i, where she established her reputation as a skillful and successful lawyer in criminal, personal injury and other civil litigation matters.  After 7 years, in 1985 Ms. Pavey started her own firm and continued to focus primarily on plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, including those involving medical/legal malpractice and defective products causing substantial physical and/or economic damages. She also continued to handle selected criminal, wrongful termination and sexual harassment cases and worked on construction and contract litigation as well.

Ms. Pavey was one of the lead litigators representing minority shareholders in a closely held corporation involving a federally regulated institution in which both direct and derivative claims were prosecuted. That was successfully resolved in 2008.  That lawsuit brought her to Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher in September 2008 where she will continue to work on commercial and corporate litigation matters, as well as professional negligence cases involving serious physical and economic damages.

Judith Ann Pavey has been named 2013 Best Lawyers in America"Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu,  in the practice area of Litigation-Banking & Finance and 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" in Honolulu, in the practice area of Product Liability Litigation.  Ms. Pavey is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Legal Malpractice Law, Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiff, Product Liability Plaintiff, Litigation-Banking & Finance andCommercial Litigation.  Ms. Pavey is recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Plaintiff, and by Chambers and Partners USA Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation: General Commercial. She has also been selected for inclusion by Super LawyersBusiness Litigation. Ms. Pavey has the highest rating (AV) from Martindale Hubbell for both her skill and ethics.



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 30%

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  • Jeffrey Parker Crabtree

    Judy Pavey is smart, creative and tenacious. You would be fortunate to have her represent you.


    Jeffrey Crabtree
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  • William H. Lawson

    Judith Pavey is an extremely capable and intelligent lawyer. She has worked at some of the most talented and capable law firms in Hawaii. She has handled cases in state and federal courts. I can recommend Judith Pavey without reservation.


    William Lawson Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

Judith Ann Pavey - Hawaii Accident & Injury Lawyer

733 Bishop Street, 19th Floor
Suite 1900
Honolulu, HI, 96813-4022


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Medical MalpracticeBest Lawyers in America2016
Commercial LitigationChambers and Partners USA2016
Personal Injury LitigationBest Lawyers in America2015
Commercial LitigationChambers and Partners USA2015
Business LitigationSuper Lawyers2015
Personal InjuryBest Lawyers2014
Commercial LitigationChambers & Partners USA Guide2014
Business LitigationSuper Lawyers2014
Legal Malpractice LawBest Lawyers in America2014
Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability LitigationBest Lawyers in America2014
Business LitigationSuper Lawyers2013
Business LitigationChambers & Partners USA Guide2013
Lawyer of the Year - Banking & Finance LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
Business LitigationChambers & Partners USA Guide2012
Business LitigationSuper Lawyers2012
Commercial LitigationChambers & Partners USA Guide2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaU.S. News & World ReportN/A
ListedChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselStarn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher LC2008 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMemberN/A
American Inns of CourtMemberN/A
Hawaii Women LawyersMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Pound Civil Justice InstituteMember FellowN/A
Hawaii Association for JusticePast President2008 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Purdue UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973