Stephen D. Whittaker, Attorney at Law, A Limited Liability Company

Over thirty years of experience in Hawaii's courts.

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Firm Overview

I specialize in representing businesses and individuals with disputes involving real property, business, insurance, accidents, wills and trusts, collections, etc.

My solo practice firm was established in January of 2004 when I left Whittaker, Lacy & Jackson to work out of my home. I worked for seventeen years with Case & Lynch, a statewide firm that dissolved in 1995, the last five years as Managing Partner of the Big Island Office in Kailua-Kona. In February of 1995, I formed The Law Offices of Stephen D. Whittaker, which over time became Whittaker, Lacy & Jackson. My experience in the large firm and my own smaller firm exposed me to a wide range of cases, as well as a wide variety of clients.

Example cases

Brelle West Construction Management v. Great American Self Storage involving allegations of unlicensed conduct by a general contractor and Action Team Realty, Inc. v. Todd Hart involving fraud and misrepresentation in the sale of a real estate brokerage are "typical" cases.

Main Office

Main
73-1459 Kaloko Drive
Kailua Kona  HI  96740

Phone
  • (808) 960-4536
Fax
  • (808) 325-7530

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Telephone consultations not exceeding ten minutes are free.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I charge $250 for an office consultation, limited to an hour and a half.

Hourly Rates

$225.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

No

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I chose trial work because I believed my skills were best utilized in a public speaking environment.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I think clients should make their best efforts at "self-education" before engaging counsel, in part because I think it helps both parties learn what the layman does and doesn't know and to focus on areas where the lawyer can efficiently help.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am happy to review client prepared documents at my normal hourly rates.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

As with reviewing client prepared documents, my time is for sale to clients who choose to represent themselves; I will not do pro bono coaching of indigents and, instead, refer such callers to Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii or Legal Aid.

Stephen D. Whittaker

From 197 to 1983, I was employed as an associate with Case, Kay, Clause, & Lynch. From 1984 to 1995 I was a partner with Case & Lynch. From 1995 to 2003, I was the senior partner of Whittaker, Lacy & Jackson.

I have lived in Hawaii for over forty years, and I have experience in the islands doing all manner of work, from digging ditches to playing in piano bars, before attending law school. I have worked in large firms and small, with institutional clients and individuals at all levels of income and success and have been able to relate.

I have a commanding presence and am an articulate advocate for my clients' interests. My forte is oral argument at any level.

Personal interests:

I enjoy gardening, animals, Pilates, and playing the piano.

License
  • Bar Number: 2191
    Hawaii , 1978
Education
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1977
    Gulfport, FL
    Moot Court Champion 1976 and 1977; Client Counseling Champion in 1977.

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