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Richard L Holcomb

Civil rights Attorney at Honolulu, HI

5.0   68 reviews
  • State Years
    Hawaii - HI 14 years
    Tennessee - TN 19 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    15%
    Sticking up for the little guy since 2005. Cutting edge civil rights litigation - including high profile First Amendment and Second Amendment cases. Also takes prison abuse, discrimination, police brutality, and other cases.

    21 years, 10 cases

  2. Consumer protection
    15%
    Assisting with litigation regarding the rights of homeowners and debtors against debt collectors

  3. General practice
    15%

  4. Probate
    15%
    Assisting with litigation over wills and probate assets.

  5. Constitutional
    10%

  6. Personal injury
    10%
    Caring but tough litigator. Dedicated to receiving full compensation for injuries resulting from auto and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall cases, dog bites and other negligence or tort claims.

    21 years

  7. Trusts
    10%
    Assisting with litigation over the rights and obligations of grantors, trustees, and beneficiaries

  8. Employment and labor
    5%
    Dedicated to collecting unpaid wages and overtime. Minimum Wage and overtime violations prosecuted in state and federal court.

    21 years

  9. Gun Law
    5%
    Second Amendment litigation

Mr. Holcomb has been a lawyer for 20 years and practices in a wide range of civil litigation typically assisting the little guy against government, businesses, and homeowner' associations. 

Location

Holcomb Law, LLLC
733 Bishop St
Suite 1478
Honolulu, HI, 96813

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  68 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Mr. Holcomb Great experience with him. Amazing lawyer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Thomas | September 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
100% Satisfied
I am absolutely satisfied and grateful for Richard's representation. I would have never been able to accomplish what Richard's has done for me. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Richard Holcomb
I was fortunate to have engaged Rick to appeal my prior DUI court conviction, due to the state depriving me of my constitutional rights. Rick was an outstanding legal advocate for me during the entire appeal process. Due to his advocacy, my prior DUI conviction was overturned and the records expunged. Rick is astute, a great lawyer, and the consummate professional. I highly recommend Richard Holcomb to be your legal counsel on all administrative and court DUI matters.
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Posted by Jesse | February 12, 2020
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Highly recommended lawyer
100% satisfied with the outcome of my DUI case with Mr. Holcomb representing me. He was very professional and I felt very comfortable having him represent me. Highly recommended lawyer for anybody with a similar case!
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
This is the Attorney You Want
If you are charged with DUI in Hawaii, this is the lawyer you want to represent you. I was arrested and charged in Sept 2017. We went to court five or six times and Rick was always the best prepared advocate in the room. The charge was eventually dismissed under Rule 48. During my visits to court, many times my case was one of the last to be called due to what I assume was motions or steps of procedure which would take some time to go through. Rick was always ready. The state was not. I watched attorney after attorney enter a plea deal for their clients at the arraignment. I felt really sorry for the clients because a conviction will cost them a lot of money and follow them for a long time. Many were young or immigrants who trusted their attorney to do the right thing for them. I got the impression most lawyers were just taking the money and going through the motions. Rick is a little more expensive than the attorney who will advise you to take a deal. But he's worth it. The money you will save just in fines and auto insurance premiums will more than cover his fee. He will represent and advocate for you, not sell you out. Do yourself a favor and pay for quality representation. You won't regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2018
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Best there is, best there was, best there ever will be
Rick is the best lawyer there is when you’re caught in a bind, and the results don’t lie. I was arrested on suspicion of DUI a few years ago and actually hired someone else as my counsel. After almost a year of dodgy communication and no updates, I quickly realized my previous counsel was not putting in the effort when we were unprepared for my first hearing. This resulted in a continuance with time charged on my behalf. I immediately gave Rick a call and not only did he pick up my case but he won it quite easily. Just to give you an idea, my first attorney filed nothing in the 8 months he was my counsel. Rick filed at least 40 documents within a month on my behalf. There’s really no comparison, this is one of the hardest working guys in the business.
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Posted by Lindsey | October 26, 2017
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Very Knowledgeable and Professional
I am writing this review after 4+ years since my hearing. A DUI is never a fun thing to go through, and after receiving a stack of letters a few business days after getting bailed, I decided to do my own due diligence in looking for an attorney. I stumbled upon Rick's information from my friend's attorney who had recommended Rick. Coupled with my own research, I felt more than comfortable in giving Rick a call to schedule a consultation. Rick was very professional and broke everything down to me. He painted this illustration on our plan of defense, as if we were defending a big walled castle secured by a wide moat. I felt very confident with Rick at that point and decided to have him represent me. What resulted thereafter was multiple hearings that ultimately led to the case getting dismissed with prejudice. I was very pleased with Rick's services no matter how the decision had went. Fortunately it had gone our way, and more importantly I was able to resume my life without this bearing down on me. I am very much appreciative of Rick and would recommend him to anyone who has fallen in a similar predicament.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2017
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Case Dismissed. My Highest Recommendation
I can't thank Rick enough for seeing my case through and for the totally successful and hard fought outcome. Being arrested for OVUII was just the beginning of a long and very stressful period that would have serious life repercussions depending on the court decision. From the very beginning of the journey Rick was informative and upfront about all aspects of the situation (legal, fees, "next steps", what to expect, etc.). In court he was a fighter, very knowledgable, eloquent and stood out in the courtroom. Being present and sitting through many hearings (both mine and others) and seeing what goes on with all the "players" involved made me truly appreciate Rick's work as an attorney, his character and the thought and substance behind the filings made on my behalf. It was a hard road that had setbacks along the way but Rick never relented, was never discouraged and always had a "next move". The end result was a dismissal of OVUII charge with prejudice, meaning the State can't re-file the charges. My driving without headlights ticket was vacated and I got my money back. In addition to the court case, Rick also handled all matters with the ADLRO and is currently working on getting the arrest expunged from my record. Rick gets my highest recommendation and utmost appreciation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2017
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DUI case dismissed and ADLRO case won!
Getting charged with a DUI is a very scary, confusing, and simply put a horrible experience. It is crucial to find an attorney that you can trust and have confidence in. Upon first meeting Richard Holcomb, you'll know he is the lawyer for you. He is a highly knowledgeable and competant attorney with many years of experience with DUI cases (including being a certified field sobriety test instructor). He answered all my questions thoroughly and was very straight forward with the case and expectations. He works tirelessly, goes above and beyond in his efforts to make sure your case gets the attention it deserves and strives to ensure the best possible outcome. He not only got my dui case dismissed with prejudice (best possible outcome) but also won my ADLRO case and got my license back quickly. I am extremely happy and satisfied with Richard Holcomb's service and I HIGHLY recommend him for your case. This is your guy!
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Posted by Tom | March 1, 2017
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Helped with DUI case
Richard quickly set himself apart from other DUI lawyers by giving a thorough overview of his credentials, passion for his specialty, legal opinions, and specific strategy based on my case circumstances. His many years of experience and his earnest efforts to improve the legal framework of how DUI cases are handled also make him a formidable lawyer. He is a leader in DUI defense through hosting of professional conferences and as a certified instructor for field sobriety testing. He was always available to answer any questions and minimized my trips back for court appearances (since I was long distance). Lastly, he was very fair, honest, and transparent with his workflow and returned a portion of my payments with an itemized receipt.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2016
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Helped with my first DUI case
After my first DUI arrest, I saw reviews on this website for Richard Holcomb, I decided to contact him for a consultation. He was very straight forward on what to expect in my case. So after hearing everything he plans to do in my case I agreed to have him represent my case and I have to say I'm glad I did. After almost 6 months since my arrest and appearing in court 6 times, the case was dismissed. I would recommend Richard to represent and defend your case.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2016
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A miracle- what more can one say?
We were recommended to Mr. Holcomb by a trusted attorney. His recommendation proved invaluable, as Mr. Holcomb and his associate, Mr. Kevin O'Grady managed to win the case, with complete dismissal of all charges! Given the circumstances, this result is nothing short of miraculous, but clearly a reflection of the considerable skill, experience and depth of knowledge of the law that made this miracle a reality. We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude to these wonderful people, who are superbly communicative at all phases of the litigation, as is their support staff. A five star rating is not sufficient! You cannot go wrong by considering them if you are in a similar difficult circumstance. We will be forever grateful for their help.
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Posted by Andrew Namiki Roberts | March 16, 2016
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A Civil Rights win
In 2015 HPD violated my Constiuional rights becasue I am not a citizen, I contacted Rick who called me back the same day, Rick got all the information and set about correcting the situation in Federal court, Rick kept me updated with all the information and got results as fast as humanly possible, The ultimate conclusion was Rick was right and the city was wrong and my Rights were protected.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2016
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This is your guy
If you have recently gotten arrested/charged with a DUI and you're thinking about hiring a lawyer, get one! But don't just get any lawyer, get Rick. He's your guy. Rick works tirelessly on every case he takes on, which is why he can't take on too many at once. He makes sure to give your case the attention it deserves and does everything in his power to give you the best possible chances in criminal court as well as in the ADLRO hearings. He knows what he's talking about and is always prepared. I cannot thank Rick enough for everything he has done for me and my case. He was able to get my criminal charges dismissed WITH prejudice (meaning the state can not refile the charges) and he was able to get my already revoked driver's license back (something I wasn't expecting at all)! This DUI charge has made my life a living hell ever since I got arrested. I have wished I could go back in time and act differently that night, every single day since. Thanks to Rick, I can continue on with my life without this hanging over me. I can never be more grateful. He is worth every penny and I highly, highly recommend that you hire Rick if you want the best chances you can get.
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Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2015
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HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!
Rick Holcomb has absolutely performed exactly as I could have hoped as my DUI defense lawyer. I recently moved to Hawaii this year as a travel nurse and unfortunately was charged with a DUI which could be extremely detrimental to my medical career. I did some research and stumbled across the reviews, like this one, praising the work that Rick has performed for others in similar situations and decided to contact him. He has been extremely straightforward through every step of the process and I have not been left in the dark about anything. I have been able to live my life as normal as possible throughout this entire process without it being too much of a burden on my work and personal affairs. At the end of the day, I was able to have my criminal case dismissed and therefore it will not be able to affect my career or future in any negative way. Rick is an awesome lawyer and worth the money spent and you should be able to stand in court with confidence with him by your side.
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Posted by Scotty | September 4, 2015
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DUI
Going to through a DUI is scary enough and confusing, But Richard was able to make it much more easier to go through. He will get on to the point, tell you what is going to happen (Good and Bad side) and what needs to be done on your side.I really appreciate the fact that he will answers your questions right away, I remember one time I called and he was at the fair with his family and answered my questions. HIGHLY Recommend Richard Holcomb.
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Posted by Steve | March 3, 2015
Second amendment claim
Rick handled my second amendment federal court case. Under Hawaii law, I was discriminated against because I am a permanent resident alien. I was unable to apply to acquire a firearm until I became an American citizen in 3 years. Rick obtained a permanent injunction and won the case on summary judgment. I highly recommend Rick for anyone with a civil rights claim. He truly understood my circumstances and helped me in a very professional, thorough and quick manor. Thanks to Rick, I can now continue in my chosen sport and volunteer teaching in firearms education.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2015
Excellent Service
Rick helped me in a civil matter and obtained a really good result for me. It was handled quickly and I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.
Posted by Harry | February 5, 2015
Won two cases for me
A+++Lawyer!!! Mr. Richard Holcomb and his agency helped me to get out from under the clutches of two creditors who threatened to sue me for funds I may not have even owed them. Mr. Holcomb kept me informed the whole way and got me two great settlements, even if it meant his firm got less. He and Justin Brackett listened to everything I had to say without judging me and worked hard to put a case together for me. Just knowing that his firm was standing by me and competently battling those vicious creditors took away alot of my anxiety and stress. All their hard work didn't cost me a cent! I would highly recommend him and his firm to anyone who is being tormented by collection agencies and their lawyers.
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Posted by Jose | July 23, 2014
DUI case dismissed with prejudices and ALDRO case won!!
Mr. Holcomb managed my case very thoroughly and obtained the best possible results! I was arrested at a DUI roadblock and from the very beginning he was clear with me - he would fight my case but could not promise any outcome. The first session was free and he provided an overview of how the process would be and somewhat the possibilities that we had for both cases. During the entire process, he managed to provide me with temporary driving licenses, so that I was able to drive for the entire period. He is highly professional and provide you with sufficient precise information so that you can take certain key decisions on how to move your case forward. I recommend 100% his services. He is not the cheapest lawyer in town. But if you really want the race, better to drive a Ferrari rather than a Kia!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-375 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder, Member, President
  • Holcomb Law LLLC, a limited liability law corporation
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Dubin Law Offices
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Member Attorney
  • Eldridge and Gaines, PLLC
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate
  • The Law Offices of James A. H. Bell, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • Eldridge and Gaines, PLLC
  • 2002 - 2005
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Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2013
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • David Lipscomb University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Defendant
  • Prevailed - remanded to District Court for appropriate findings
  • State v. Defendant
  • Dismissed
  • State v. Defendant
  • Dismissed with prejudice
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Associations

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2013 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Hawaii State Delegate
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • General Member
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2005 - 2009
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Dean's List Honor Student
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2004
  • Academic Achievement Award Workers' Comp
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2004
  • Dean's List Honor Student
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2003
  • Academic Achievement Award Land Use
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2003
  • Academic Achievement Award Contracts II
  • University of Tennessee College of Law
  • 2002
  • Dean's List Honor Student
  • David Lipscomb University
  • 1996
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Publications

  • The Champion magazine
  • Challenging Pretrial Lis Pendens on Substitute Property
  • 2008
  • The Champion magazine
  • Preventing Post-Hudson Pitfalls
  • 2007
  • The Champion magazine
  • The Controlled Substance Tax: Analysis, Argument & Attack
  • 2006
  • For the Defense (Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)
  • “Ethical” Tolling?
  • 2006
  • For the Defense (Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)
  • Sex Crimes Are A-Changing
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lorman Education Seminar
  • Police Liability in Hawaii
  • 2013
  • Spring Swing
  • Traffic Stops/Dog Sniffs/Search and Seizure
  • 2007
  • Fall Swing
  • Tennessee's Drug Tax
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (31)
Endorse Richard
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is the real deal. He cares deeply about his clients and works tirelessly to advance the rights of the less unfortunate and forgotten members of our community. I endorse Rick 110%."
Civil rights Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick is a passionate advocate for his clients and a true warrior for individual liberties."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Attorney Holcomb without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick Holcomb is one of Hawaii’s premier DUI defense attorneys. He travels all over the United States to learn the latest scientific techniques and trial tactics involved in defending DUI cases. Rick is an outstanding trial lawyer who brings passion to every case. He has also won several landmark decisions before the Supreme Court of Hawaii. I endorse Rick’s work as a DUI defense attorney. He’s definitely a guy you can trust to handle your case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Holcomb for many years, and I have worked together with him on many different matters. He is an excellent attorney, who diligently works to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. I highly recommend his services."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want to know how good a lawyer attorney Holcomb is, you can read the many recommendations of him by his clients, the endorsements of him by attorneys who respect his courtroom talent and his legal knowledge, you can read his terrific Legal Guide on what to say if you get stopped for a DUI, or any of his answers to consumer questions that are published at Avvo.com. When you do, you will see why I endorse him too. If you have a DUI question or problem, he is your answer. If his office is anywhere near you, I recommend him to you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Rick for years and have worked with him on cases and also consider him a friend. He is a tireless attorney who is very smart, extremely dedicated, quite versed in DUI law. If you want an attorney who will fight every step of the way for your DUI case, consider this man to be your attorney because you will get excellent representation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an excellent and extremely smart attorney who fights hard for his clients and pursues every avenue of defense. He has vast experience defending DUIs and other criminal cases in both TN and Hawaii and is always improving his skills and knowledge by staying on the cutting edge of the law and its practice. I highly recommend Rick on any DUI, driving or criminal charge."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Rick fights harder for his clients than anyone I know."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I knew Richard when he was still in Tennessee. Smart and professional!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Richard at the prestigious National College of DUI Defense Conference held at Harvard Law School. He is a very dedicated lawyer who is constantly striving to learn in order to provide his clients with the best possible representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse attorney Holcomb after having worked with him early in his career as well as seeing him in action in court and discussing cutting edge legal challenges in subsequent years. He is a passionate, hard working and bright attorney that I would recommend and recently tried to refer a friend to until I learned that he had left his practice in Tennessee."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard and I attended the NCDD Summer Session at Harvard University. I was impressed by Richard's passion for the law and for the people he represents. Hawaiian's can rest assured that Richard is there to protect them from injustice, and from those who would trample their constitutional rights."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having been a member of the National College for DUI Defense for over 10 years now, I have been privileged to get to know and work with many of the finest DUI attorneys in America. Richard Holcomb is without question amongst this group. I would not hesitate to refer a citizen charged with DUI in the State of Hawaii to Richard. I endorse him without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is a highly skilled lawyer but is not content to rest on his accomplishments. I had the privilege to study with him at the National College for DUI Defense held at Harvard. It shows his commitment to his craft and his clients that he would travel such a distance to continue to improve his already vast knowledge and skill base. If you need help in Hawaii--Richard is THE man."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Holcomb is one of the best DUI lawyers in the state of Hawaii."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work.There are many lawyers to choose from. However, there is only one that deserves your trust. Attorney Holcomb is more than just a gifted litigator he truly cares about those who have entrusted their cases to him. This compassion for others is translated into his innate ability to pursuade others to his/your view with great success. With years of trial experience behind him his advocacy skills exceed those that oppose him. I am not sure what is more recognized, his reputation as an exceptional litigator or his passion to assist others in their time of need. Without hesitation Attorney Holcomb is the lawyer I trust to help you"
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