Attorneys

Kenneth S. Robbins, Esq.: Partner

Biography: Every legal dispute should be resolved as early and efficiently as possible, says Ken Robbins. With vast experience at trial, professionalism and civility, it is possible to negotiate extremely favorable settlements. When it's necessary to go to court, however, Robbins has 44 years of experience, having tried to a verdict more than 140 cases with a success rate of better than 95 percent. To what does he attribute his success? Out-of-the-box thinking, hard work, and common sense, says Robbins, who has been named among the Best Lawyers in America since 1995, including Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation in 2010 and 2013. He has also been listed as one of Hawaii's top business litigators by Super Lawyers since 2008; and he has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating. A member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Robbins has taught as a master at trial at both bar and judicial conferences.

 

Awards and Recognitions: ·Best Lawyers in America · 2013 Hawai'i Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year · 2010 Hawai'i Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year · Personal Injury (1995-present) · Benchmark Litigation · Litigation Star: General Commercial (2015) ·Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business   Commercial Litigation (2013-present) Martindale-Hubbell AV rating (1980-present) ·Super LawyersBusiness Litigation (2008-present) · Honolulu Magazine Best Lawyers in Hawai'i (1997-present)

 

Publications and Presentations:  Featured Speaker, Professionalism and Civility, Winter Convention, American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association), 2010 ·Speaker: High Risk Emergency Medicine Seminar, Hawaii Pacific Health and EPMG, 2006 ·Reviewer: Affirmative Defenses Chapter of The Clinician's Guide to Malpractice Law, S.Y. Tan, M.D., J.D., 2006 ·Guest Lecturer, William S. Richardson School of Law: Torts II, 2002, Pre-Trial Litigation, 2003-2006 ·Conferee: United States District Court Hawai'i Conference, 2005, 2006 ·Guest Speaker: William S. Richardson School of Law, Health Law Careers in Hawai'i, 2005 ·Hawaii Executive Conference, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 2005 ·HSBA/YLD, Jury Selection Seminar, 2005 ·Hawaii Executive Conference, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 2004 ·Panelist: Roscoe Pound Institute/Hawaii Judicial Conference, 2003 ·Hawaii Executive Conference, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 2003

County of Hawai'i, Statewide Municipal Attorney's Training Conference, 2003 · A Medical Malpractice Case: The Physician/Plaintiff Perspective, The Defense Attorney Perspective, and De-Mystifying the Litigation. Lecturer, Hawaii State Judiciary Conference, 1993 and 2003 ·Federal Bench/Bar Conference, 2002 ·Participant: Hawaii Executive Conference, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 1999-2002 · Emerging Issues in Healthcare 2001, Healthcare Law Section, American Bar Association, Orlando, Florida, 2001 ·Hawaii State Bar Association Centennial Bar Convention, Trial of the Century, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2000 ·Master: Hawaii State Bar Association Centennial Bar Convention, Trial of the Century, Sheraton-Waikiki Hotel, 1999 · Perinatal Risk Management Seminar, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, 1999 ·Process: Knowing Who Is on Your Team. Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, 1998 ·Member: Quality Assurance Peer Review CME Seminar, Maui Memorial Hospital, 1997 Moderator: Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, District of Hawai'i, 1997 · Hot Topics in Tort Law, Hawaii Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1997 · Peer Review Issues and Disclosure of Sensitive Patient Information, Including HIV and Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, and Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi, 1997 · Antitrust Issue in Medical Staff Credentialing and Peer Review, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, 1997 · Federal Regulations and Their Requirements Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, Safe Medical Devices Act and Patent Self Determination Act, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, 1996 · Legal Liability Under Managed Care, Hawaii Medical Journal, April 1995 ·Attorney Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1994 · Beach Liability, Hawaii Hotel Association Meeting, 1994 · Beach and Pool Recreational Liability, Hawai'i Hotel Association, 1991 ·Legal Chapter, Medical Legal Considerations, Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office, Fourth Edition, 1991 · Defense of Aquatic Injury Cases, American Trial Lawyers of America, 1989 · Medical Malpractice: Avoiding Claims and Winning Lawsuits, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Meeting, 1986 · Taking the Mal Out of Practice, Hawaii Medical Association, Annual Meeting, 1985.

 

Military: Military Service: U.S. Navy, Lieutenant 1967-1970 ; awarded Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device 1970

 

Reported Cases: Published Decisions: Ray v. Kapiolani Medical Specialists, 29988, 2011 WL 2938165, - P3.- (Hawai'i July 21, 2011) recon. denied, 29988, 2011 WL 3634212 (Hawai'i Aug. 10, 2011); U.S. ex rel. Woodruff v. Hawaii Pacific Health, 560 F.Supp. 2d 988 (2008), aff'd 2010 WL 5072191 (9th Cir. Dec. 13, 2010); Ogden ex rel. Estate of Ogden v. County of Maui, 554 F.Supp. 2d 1141 (D.Hawai'i 2008); U.S. ex rel. Lockyer v. Hawaii Pacific Health, 490 F.Supp. 2d 1062 (D.Hawai'i 2007), aff'd 2009 WL 2700321 (9th Cir. 2009); Lansdell v. County of Kauai, et al ., 110 Hawai'i 189, 130, P.3d 1054 (2006); Gregory, et al. v. County of Maui, et al ., 414 F.Supp. 2d 965 (D.Hawai'i 2006); Rygg v. County of Maui, 2000 U.S. Dist. Lexis 16559 and 2000 U.S. Dist. 16560 (2000); Morris v. North Hawai'i Community Hospital, 37 F. Supp. 2d 1181 (1999); Flowers v. Seki, 45 F. Supp. 2d 794 (1998); Chang v. Ayabe, No. 19713, Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii (1996); Makaneole v. Norman's Construction, Inc ., No. 15984, Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii (1994); Great American v. Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, 76 Haw. 346, 876 P.2d 1314 (1994); Hao v. The Campbell Estate, 76 Haw. 77, 869 P.2d 216 (1994); P.W. Stephens Contractors, Inc. v. Mid American Indemnity Insurance Co ., 805 F Supp. 854 (1992); Bosel v. Watco-Dennis Corporation, et al ., No. 13778 (Hawai'i 1990); Makaneole v. Gampon, 70 Haw. 501, 777 P.2d 1183 (1989); Badillo v. City & County of Honolulu, 69 Haw. 658 (1988); Mist v. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 69 Haw. 192, 738 P.2d 85 (1987); Mahoney v. Mitchell, 4 Haw. App. 410 (1983); Farrior v. Payton, 57 Haw. 620, 562 P.2d 779 (1977); Kalauli v. Lum, 57 Haw. 168, 552 P.2d 355 (1976); Dashiell v. Keahou-Kona Co ., 487 F.2d; 957 (1973).

Practice Areas

  • Administrative/Agency Law
  • Appellate Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Constitutional Rights Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Defamation Litigation - Plaintiff & Defense
  • Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Tort Litigation - Plaintiff & Defense
  • Trust and Estate Litigation

Education

  • Colby College (A.B.); Boston University (J.D.)
  • Bar Association Memberships: Hawaii State Bar Association; American Bar Association; American Board of Trial Advocates; American Academy of Hospital Attorneys; American Association for Justice

Bar Admissions

  • 1970, Hawaii; 1970, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii; 1970, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; 1987, U.S. Supreme Court