JUSTICE ROBERT G. KLEIN


 

Robert G. Klein (former Associate Justice, Hawai`i Supreme Court) has an active litigation practice that includes many areas of the law, including: complex civil litigation, construction litigation, government relations, administrative hearings and appeals, appellate practice, and alternative dispute resolution. He has litigated cases involving construction contracts, insurance subrogation, patent infringement, destination clubs/time share, elder law, public access, Native Hawaiian rights, real estate exactions, closely held corporations, trusts and wills, corporate governance and investigations, land use/ CC&Rs, constitutional rights, corporate taxation, serious bodily injury, car fires, and statutory construction and interpretation. Mr. Klein has appeared before state trial courts on Oahu, Maui, Kaua`i, and Hawai`i Island, the State Supreme Court, Intermediate Court of Appeals, as well before the Federal District Court for the District of Hawai`i and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Klein served as Associate Justice of the Hawai`i Supreme Court from 1992-2000 and in the trial courts of Hawai`i for 14 years from 1978-1992. He authored hundreds of Supreme Court decisions during his tenure on the High Court. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given.

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1972

  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1972

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon o J.D. - 1972

  • Stanford University, Stanford, California o B.A.-1969

 

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Hawaii State Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member

    • Hawaii State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Member

    • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member

    • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section, Member

    • AV Preeminent Rating (Martindale-Hubbell)

    Past Employment Positions

    • Hawai'i Supreme Court, Senior Associate Justice, 1992 - 2000

    • Criminal Trials Court, Circuit Court Judge, 1984 - 1992

    • Civil Trials Court, Circuit Court Judge, 1984 - 1992

    • Tax Court, Circuit Court Judge, 1984 - 1992

    • Land Court, Circuit Court Judge, 1984 - 1992

    • Motions Court, Circuit Court Judge, 1984 - 1992

    • Administrative Appeals and Probate Court, Circuit Court Judge, 1984 - 1992

    • State of Hawai'i, District Court Judge, 1978 - 1984

    • Department of Regulatory Agencies, Complaints Officer, 1975 - 1978

    • State Campaign Spending Commission, Executive Director, 1974

    • Anti-Trust Division, Deputy Attorney General, 1973

    • Law Clerk, Hawai'i Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, 1972