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John Y.U. Choi

Personal injury Attorney at Honolulu, HI

4.8   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1999
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I graduated from the University of California at Irvine with the distinguished honor of "Order of Omega." After college, I taught at the Princeton Review where I was awarded  "Teacher of the Year." After the Princeton Review, I attended the # 1 environmental law school in the United States, Vermont Law School. While there, I wrote for the Vermont Bar Journal and founded an Asian Pacific American Law Students Association chapter.

After graduation, I worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii. While a government lawyer, I litigated hundreds of cases and had three cases that were appealed to the Hawaii Supreme Court. I won all three of my Hawaii Supreme Court cases. One Supreme Court case was published. That case highlighted the importance of the separation of powers doctrine arising from the three branches of government, the executive branch, the judicial branch, and the legislative branch. The foundation of the doctrine is based in our Constitution, as is your right to a jury trial.

I believe in jury trials.

When not litigating, I spending time with my wife and two children. We can be found at the beach or on the golf course. On Sundays, we are at church. My sense of family commitment comes from my parents who taught me and my two sisters the meaning of excellence and dedication. My dad is a retired engineer/entrepreneur and my mom is a retired pharmacist. My older sister is a surgeon in Santa Barbara. My younger sister is an entrepreneur in San Francisco. Typical overachieving Asian-American family? I'd like to think that we are not. We love to play as much as we work. Playing frees the mind to be creative at work. Ocean related activities and golfing are my family's playtime.

With support from my family, I am honored to give back to the community. I served as a chapter president for the Hawaii Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Christian Legal Society of Hawaii. I am a member at the Beneficial Protective Order of the Elks, Lodge 616. I currently serves as a Board Member for the Hawaii Association for Justice and the Christian Legal Society.

I continue to learn. After law school, I graduated from the nationally acclaimed Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College at Thunderhead Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. The uniform that I wear is of made of Honor and Courage. My badge that reads, "Never give up." I will fight for you. My motto for 2023 is, "Stay humble, stay alert."

There is no JUSTICE . . . there is only JUST US.

I decendent from a long line of warriors. A United States Citizen of Korean ancestry, my forefathers served in the United States Military and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) Military. Why is that relevant? Being a trial lawyer means battling the multi-billion dollar insurance industry and their hired henchmen. Insurance companies are as ruthless as the corporate law firms they hire to spin and covering up the evidence. I have cracked the top insurance firms in Hawaii and the United States by exposing their misdeeds in open court. In high stakes ligitation, insurance companies often hire "mainland" counsel to delay, deny, and defend. Not a problem, I have slayed the best of these corporate scoundrels. A jury awarded my client $5,400, against Farmers Insurance. Keep tuned in, more to come.

Text me at eight zero eight two five eight four nine eight five. Texting will get my attention, please mention AVVO website. JOHN CHOI, ATTORNEY AT LAW

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Hawaii Accident Law Center
3142 George Street
Suite 2390
Honolulu, HI, 96815


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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended lawyer
I would recommend John to anyone who has suffered a severe and permanent injury. We immediately connected because I am a doctor. John’s sister is also a doctor. He was great with communicating with me about my case. I was talking with the insurance company about my injuries. They refused to offer any money. When John got involved, I received a payment from the insurance company. He handled my case in a professional manner, was courteous, and friendly. Best of all, he handled my case “pro bono” or without accepting a legal fee. I will remember this and when I finish my residency, I will pay that forward. John is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful for Mr Choi's help with my car accident- The best lawyer and firm!
I suffered serious injuries from my collision. John helped me battle the insurance company. He was fast, friendly, and professional. I am so glad that I hired John and his firm. He gave me great advice during the settlement negotiations. I am extremely pleased with the results. I recommend him to anyone who suffered a serious injury.
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Moped accident
I was hit by a rental car driven by a tourist while riding my moped to work. I suffered a severe injury that require my staying in the hospital for about a week. The insurance company kept trying to delay my case, and John encouraged me to stick with it. We ended up resolving the matter for much more than the insurance company was willing to pay. When I contacted John, he was prompt, took the time to explain things to me, and I was extremely satisfied with his professionalism. He fought hard against the insurance company and we won! I highly recommend him to anyone who has suffered a serious injury.
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Response from John Choi February 7, 2017
The case was resolved for $375,000. It was a long bare knuckle brawl from the beginning as the insurance company kept delaying, denying and defending.
Posted by Tuyet Vo | October 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Pain in the Okole
My husband got in a terrible collision on his moped. He had severe nerve damage and trauma to his okole. The insurance company for the liable driver was playing all sorts of games. They only offered $55,000 to settle my case. John told my husband that is not fair for the type of injury he suffered. Last week the case settled for $140,000 after mediation. John prepared us for the mediation by coming to our house, taking time to have dinner with us, meeting us at his office on the weekend, and really hearing how my husband’s injury affected our lives. If you have a serious injury, you need John to fight for you!
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Response from John Choi February 7, 2017
My practice is to treat my clients like my family. I did what I would do for any member of my family, share a conversation over a meal. Like all good men, I fight for my family.
Posted by Sheri | March 25, 2015
Better call John!
A very large garbage truck rear ended me on the freeway. The cost to fix may car was over $19,000. The collision caused me to suffer permanent back, shoulder and neck pain. I had over $15,000 in medical bills. All my MRI’s were negative. The insurance company offered $20,000 to settle my case. John recommended that we sue. I followed his advice. The insurance company for the truck company delayed for 3 years and then offered $50,000. John advised me to reject it and again I followed his advice. One month before trial at a settlement conference with the judge, the insurance company offered $70,000. John advised me to reject it, so I did. The insurance company eventually offered $100,000 and John said that was not fair value for my permanent injuries. At the settlement conference, John had me meet with the insurance adjuster and he asked me questions to give them a glimpse of my testimony at trial. It was a 15 minute meeting with the insurance adjuster. The insurance company’s next offer was $165,000. We finally settled for $190,000 upon the advice of John and my husband. It was tough to litigate for so many years and I was frustrated. John was always there reassuring me and calming my nerves. Looking back at my case, the best thing I did was hire John and trusted him to give me good advice throughout the process.
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Response from John Choi February 7, 2017
Sheri is the perfect client, smart, beautiful, hard working, never complain, going on with life, dealing with her pain. It was an honor to represent her.
Posted by Will | January 6, 2015
Great lawyer!
It has been a pleasure so far working with John on my case. We had a few hurdles to overcome, but overall my case has been well taken care of.
Posted by Riano Nazareth | October 2, 2014
Auto Accident
Thank you so much John Yong Uk choi for your hard work, we are very please for what you did for us, We are very happy, may God bless you . thanks Riano N
Posted by Vivian | June 23, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
It is my pleasure to be writing a letter of recommendation for John Y.U. Choi, Esq. I have known him personally for 11 years and have always found him to be a devoted father and extraordinary husband. I have always admired his personal values and his willingness to lend a hand to friends and strangers alike. I knew about his reputation as an excellent lawyer but did not realize how good a lawyer he was until I needed some legal advice when I was remodeling my home. His integrity and his willingness to drop everything to help me were remarkable. The advice he gave me was sound and sage and it helped me resolve my problems instantaneously. It allowed me to be able to sleep soundly at night and get on with my life. I would not hesitate to recommend him to any of my relatives, friends or patients.
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Posted by Dave | June 22, 2014
Great Attorney & Family friend
John has been a close family friend. When my son was injured at Sports Authority, John was one of the first people I called to help me through this unfortunate time. He was able to assist me in the complicated procedure in this case since my son was a minor. He was there to try and calm me as well as comfort me in knowing that he would be there through this time. I highly recommend that if you need an attorney that you give John a call. If he is not the right attorney for the job he is more than happy to point you in the right direction .
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Response from John Choi February 7, 2017
Dave is my neighbor, fishing buddy, and friend for life. Dave is the guy who always has your back. Plus he has a large assortment of tools that seem to make their way over to my house and I always return them.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2014
Best personal injury lawyer.
I recommend John Choi. I have known John my whole life. We used to fish together as kids. He has always been reliable and trustworthy. He's just always been there for me. He even performed my wedding ceremony. John led me to Christ. He is a dedicated man of God and a family man. I know that he cares deeply for his clients and their cases. Kind and compassionate, John is tough when he needs to be to force the insurance companies to pay what is fair and accurate.
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Posted by Bill Lawson | March 11, 2014
John is an excellent personal injury lawyer.
I strongly recommend John Choi to assist you with your personal injury claim. He is trustworthy, skilled, aggressive, thoughtful and energetic. He is a highly capable personal injury attorney.
Posted by Epenesa R. Ili | February 18, 2013
Rear end truck accident
I was rear-end by a truck driver. The truck driver's insurance company low balled me on it's initial offer of settlement. Mr. Choi advised me to reject the offer because it was unfair and an unjust amount considering the injuries I sustained in the accident. Mr. choi fought hard against the insurance company and its attorneys. With Mr. Choi, my case was settled four (4) times the initial offer. I highly recommend Mr. Choi to anyone who has been injured or is hurting. Mr. Choi is knowledgable, honest and will represent you well.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2014
Great person, but average lawyer
I believe he could be great, but while working on my case he has missed multiple delivery dates and has a difficult time keeping track of communication and documentation. If he is working on your case be prepared to chase him done on a weekly basis, otherwise you will not hear from you until he takes care of other priorities that is more important than your case. Overall, I would give him a C.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-45%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Hawaii Accident Law Center, Inc.
  • 2005 - Present
  • Lead attorney
  • The Law Offices of John Y.U. Choi
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Oliver Lau Lawhn Ogawa
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Deputy Attorney General
  • Attorney General-State of Hawaii
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Staff Attorney
  • Hawaii State Legislature
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Sales Associate
  • Schuman Carriage, Honolulu
  • 1998 - 1999
  • President
  • The Kind Restaurant Management Co.
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Ski Instructor
  • Mount Ascutney Ski Resort (Law School)
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Clerk
  • Barrister's Bookshop (Law School)
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Instructor
  • Princeton Review (College)
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Sushi Chef
  • Wiki Wiki Teriyaki (College)
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Sales Associate
  • Brookstone (College)
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Window Washer
  • UCI (College)
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Clerk
  • Manhattan Beach Laudrette (High School)
  • 1983 - 1985
  • Paper boy
  • South Bay Easy Reader (Junior High School)
  • 1982 - 1983
  • Pizza Maker
  • Zeppy's Pizza (Junior High School)
  • 1982 - 1983
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  • Trial Lawyers College
  • N/A
  • Vermont Law School
  • JD/MSEL - Joint Degree
  • N/A
  • University of California - Irvine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • $2.5 Million -Maui Head on Collision
  • $2.5 Million
  • $1.6 million H1 Freeway Collision
  • $1.6 Million
  • $450,000 Motorcycle Accident
  • Winner - Motorcycle Accident
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  • Hawaii Association for Justice
  • Vice President and Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • West Honolulu Rotary Club
  • Member
  • N/A
  • AYSO
  • Coach
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Hawaii Jaycees
  • Past Chapter President
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Korean
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Order of Omega
  • University California at Irvine
  • N/A
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Princeton Review
  • N/A


  • National Business Institute
  • Litigating the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claim
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Litigating the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claim
  • Litigating the Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claim
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (20)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am happy to endorse John. He is energetic, creative, compassionate, and driven."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse John Choi as a personal injury lawyer in Honolulu. He is a great person and he is extremely capable, thoughtful and intelligent. He is experienced at trial work and he is active in the plaintiffs' bar. I proudly endorse John Choi."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with John at Trial Lawyers College. John is smart, creative and truly cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John Choi. I had the pleasure of meeting John at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College. He impressed me with his open demeanor and his ability to persuade a group of complete strangers. A lot of people graduate from law school, but few have the genuine charisma that is needed to negotiate high dollar settlements and persuade juries. John is naturally gifted at story-telling and this is what makes him unique among lawyers across the nation. Hire John, you won't be sorry!"
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is one of the most personable and engaging lawyers that I have ever been around. He is articulate,dedicated and passionate. I have no doubt that any case that he takes on will get his all. Any injured person would be fortunate to have him on their side."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of meeting and working with John at the Spence Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming, where we attended for three weeks in July of 2011. John is an incredibly talented trial lawyer with tremendous skill in the courtroom."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend John highly. He's an intelligent and aggressive attorney, who's impressed me greatly. He goes above and beyond for his clients, and achieves excellent results."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"After having the opportunity to work, brainstorm legal issues, and interact with John for a month, I can confidently endorse him as an attorney of the highest caliber. Some lawyers just stand out in their chosen field. John is one of those lawyers."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"I also met John at the July, 2011 Trial Lawyers College. He was a bright light in the college, demonstrating eagerness to work and learn, a strong and caring character, and dedication to his clients. I feel confident his clients are well-served by his efforts and would recommend him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John has as much energy as an atomic bomb, and when he sets himself off in the courtroom, he can destroy the opposition. John is fearless in putting himself on the line in his client's cause. I've seen John in action. He has great communication skills, which enable him to properly select and persuade a jury. I endorse John as a top notch personal injury lawyer, without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. He is intelligent, experienced and committed to his clients. John is honest, a real person who will work hard to understand what is going on in his client's life. He connects with his clients on a personal level. His communication skills are outstanding."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the privilege of working with John at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming this past summer. John's trial skills are exceptional and his dedication to his clients was very clear to me. Combined with John's compassion and sincerity--he is a trial lawyer second to none. I highly recommend John for any litigation work in Honolulu."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to meet Attorney John Choi while at Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College. I was consistently impressed with John's compassion and dedication towards his clients. John has also trained with the absolute best trial lawyer in America. I have no hesitation recommending John to anyone injured in Hawaii."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a determined, experienced attorney who cares about his clients and their cases. I have no hesitation recommending him to people seeking an injury attorney."
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Honolulu Personal injury Lawyer John Y.U. Choi
John Y.U. Choi
Personal injury Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 24 years
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