Davis Levin Livingston, located in downtown Honolulu, is a firm of trial lawyers handling litigation matters on all of the Hawaiian islands and on the mainland United States.
The firm accepts cases involving
Mark S. Davis | Hawaii Personal Injury Attorney
Mark S. Davis | Hawaii Personal Injury Attorney
Mark Davis has been recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in Hawaii and in the United States. Mr. Davis, a graduate of Tulane University and Washington University School of Law, has focused his law practice over the last thirty years representing injured victims in cases involving serious personal injury and medical malpractice. He has achieved record verdicts and settlements in Hawaii for numerous cases over the course of his career.
Mr. Davis has been recognized as preeminent in his practice by his fellow attorneys in both the plaintiffs and defense bar. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was elected to membership by his peers in The American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers, and The American Board of Trial Advocates. He is one of only 100 lawyers in America and the only lawyer from Hawaii who is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, which requires each member to have tried at least fifty cases to a jury. He is a twenty-year member of The Board of Governors of The American Association for Justice.
Mr. Davis has been extremely active in civil rights litigation throughout the State of Hawaii. He was on The National Board of Directors of the ACLU and was one of Hawaii's most active civil rights lawyers serving as lead counsel in numerous first amendment, discrimination, and equal rights cases. Mr. Davis' practice frequently included representation of the "little guy," the victim, the disenfranchised, and the prisoner. He successfully had city and state laws struck down by federal courts that prohibited unconventional religious activities disproportionate treatment for non-residents, women, and minorities. He tried the first Title VII employment discrimination case ever brought to trial in the Hawaii Federal Court. In recent years, he has lectured and written on the subject of trial advocacy and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii Law School.
He is listed in both Best Lawyers in America and Honolulu Magazines listing of Hawaiis Best Lawyers.
Mr. Davis has been awarded the Fritz Wiedemann and James Anthony Wysocki medal by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) for his commitment to the civil justice system and in recognition of his contributions to ATLA.
B.A. cum laude, with honors in Political Science
Law Review: Associate Topics Editor, Urban Law Annual, 1973-1974
Michael Livingston is an honors graduate of Harvard University (1970). He was a member of the founding class at the Antioch School of Law, graduating in 1975. He is a member of the California (1976) and Hawaii (1986) Bars, and is also admitted to practice before the United States Federal Courts. Mr. Livingston served as the Mountain States Regional Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union during the late 1970s, before stepping aside from the practice of law to coach the sport of rowing on the intercollegiate and international levels. As a competitor, Mr. Livingston won numerous national championships, and was a member of the 1968 and 1972 (silver medalist) United States Olympic Teams. Among the athletes he has coached are many national champions and Olympians. His book on high level athletic training, entitled Mental Discipline: The Pursuit of Peak Performance, was published by Human Kinetics Publishers in 1989. Mr. Livingston returned to the practice of law in 1985, and opened a litigation practice on the Big Island in 1986. In late 1986, he joined the Honolulu law firm then known as Davis and Levin. He became a partner of the firm in 1990, and Livingston was added to the firm name in 1996.
Mr. Livingston specializes in litigation, and focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in cases involving medical negligence, major personal injuries, substantial commercial disputes, insurance bad faith, and violations of civil liberties. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, in two different categories in Honolulu Magazines Hawaiis Best Lawyers, in Hawaiis Super Lawyers, and in Madisons Whos Who. Throughout his legal career, Mr. Livingston has been committed to the preservation and protection of civil rights and civil liberties. A long-standing member of the American Civil Liberties Union Litigation Committee, he has chaired that Committee for many years. Mr. Livingston also teaches pretrial litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hawaiis William S. Richardson School of Law.
A.B., cum laude, 1970
Member of the founding class at the Antioch School of Law, graduating in 1975.
Anne Williams is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mary Washington College in Virginia and she received her law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. She has worked as counsel to the firm since 1992 and over the years has worked in a variety of the firms most important civil rights, disability rights and education cases.
Loretta Sheehan is a 1982 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Boston University and a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. She gathered extensive litigation experience during her 10 years with the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu, and subsequent 14 years with the United States Attorneys Office for the District of Hawaii, conducting over 40 jury trials in that time. In 2007 she received the Jefferson Award in recognition of her humanitarian efforts in the field of domestic violence. She serves as a litigation associate to the firm.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Erin Davis graduated from The Punahou School and then received her B.A. in Public Policy from The Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She received her legal education at Temple University where she was on the schools Political and Civil Rights Law Review. She spent two years trying cases at The Wake County Public Defender Office as a Public Defender and later worked for a Plaintiffs firm in Miami, Florida, Colson Hicks and Eidson. She is admitted to practice in North Carolina and Hawaii. She is a litigation associate with the firm.
Matthew Winter graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1994 and attended California Western School of Law. He graduated from law school in 1997 and began his legal career at Federal Defenders of San Diego. There, he specialized in complex litigation and trial, conducting over thirty-five jury trials in Federal District Court. In 2005, he joined the Federal Public Defender Office in Honolulu, where he continued his litigation career in Federal District Court until joining our firm in 2011. Mr. Winter is admitted to practice in California and Hawaii. He is a litigation associate with our firm.
Clare Connors was raised in Hawaii and is a graduate of Punahou School. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable David Alan Ezra, then-chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. After her clerkship, she was admitted to the Department of Justice Honors program, where she worked as a trial attorney for the Tax Division. She also worked as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia before joining the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Hawaii. Ms. Connors worked primarily in the area of white collar crime. She has had numerous jury trials as a prosecutor, and also argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is admitted to practice in New York and Hawaii. She is a litigation associate with the firm.