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Although Phil Brown has been a full time litigation attorney since 1985, he became a Hawaii attorney after moving to Honolulu in 1993.  Mr. Brown started this office in 1997 after working for some of the finest law firms in Hawaii, New York and Virginia.

Upon graduation from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1985, Mr. Brown was an associate at Hunton and Williams.  In 1987 Mr. Brown joined the New York office of Reid and Priest (later known as Thelen Reid and Priest).  Mr. Brown often credits these two highly regarded, national law firms as the main reason for his strong background in commercial litigation.  In 1993 Mr. Brown moved to Honolulu and joined its then largest law firm, Carlsmith Ball.  At Carlsmith Ball, he litigated against some of Hawaii’s finest attorneys, including famed Plaintiffs attorney, David C. Schutter.  Following one oral argument, Mr. Schutter offered Mr. Brown the opportunity to join Schutter and represent the claims of some 4000 annuity holders in a case against a national financial institution.  Mr. Brown candidly admits when he met Schutter, Brown had little experience representing the rights of Plaintiffs.  However, Brown accepted the challenge and two years later mediated a Thirty-Nine Million Dollar settlement for the annuity holders.

Mr. Brown started his own boutique litigation office in 1997.  Relying on his diverse experience, Mr. Brown represents Plaintiffs and Defendants in Commercial LitigationReal Estate Litigation, and Personal Injury cases.  

Mr. Brown has Martindale Hubbell’s highest legal/ethics ratings and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers under Civil Trial Practice, Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury.  Mr. Brown is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.  Mr. Brown has also been recognized in Honolulu Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Hawaii and was honored by the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 35%
    31 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    21 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    23 years
  4. Commercial Real Estate: 15%
    31 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Contact info

The Law Offices of Philip R. Brown

1003 Bishop Street
Pauahi Tower - Suite 2005
Honolulu, HI, 96813-6400


NYCurrently registered 198704/23/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2013
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers in HawaiiHonolulu Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Commercial LitigationSuper Lawyers2013
Best Lawyers in HawaiiHonolulu Magazine2013
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2012
Litigation- real estateBest Lawyers in America2012
Commercial LitigationBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in HawaiiHonolulu Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Philip R. Brown1997 - Present
AttorneySchutter & Associates1995 - 1997
AssociateCarlsmith Ball, LLP1993 - 1995
AssociateReid & Priest1987 - 1993
AssociateHunton & Williams1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2012 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationTop 100 Trial Lawyers2008 - Present
Hawaii State Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Burke, et al. v. Honolulu, et al., In the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii, Civil No. CV 08-00339 DAE LEKJudgment following bench trial on Plainitiffs section 1983 claim. The City practice was deemed Unconstitutional. Damages and attorneys fees were awarded to the Plainitffs.
Prim v. Pace-O-Matic, et al., In the United States District Court for the District of HawaiiCase settled favorably for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
WordpressHawaii Attorney Blog2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hawaii State Bar AssociationZealous Advocacy and Civility in the Practice of Law2013
Hawaii State Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeStarting Your Own Law Practice.2012