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Judith Ann Pavey is one of Hawaii’s most skilled trial attorneys with over 40 years of experience representing clients in personal injury and commercial litigation matters. A hallmark of Ms. Pavey’s success is her approachability and ability to build relationships. She listens, relates and responds to her clients whether she is representing them in a medical malpractice, personal injury or commercial litigation matter.

Ms. Pavey’s legal talent was recognized early; while in law school she received a special certification from the Indiana Supreme Court to act as a prosecutor on criminal cases. Upon graduation, Ms. Pavey was recruited by a high profile Hawaii litigation firm where she quickly established a reputation as a skilled and successful lawyer in criminal, personal injury and civil litigation.

In 1985, Ms. Pavey established her own firm to focus primarily on plaintiffs’ personal injury cases, including those involving medical/legal malpractice and defective products causing substantial physical and/or economic damages.

Ms. Pavey also handled select commercial litigation cases at her firm. In fact, Ms. Pavey was a lead litigator representing minority shareholders in a commercial litigation case when her impressive skill at trial caught the attention of counsel at Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher. Ms. Pavey joined Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher as Of Counsel in 2008 where she practices both personal injury and commercial litigation.

Today, Ms. Pavey is considered one of an elite handful of trial attorneys practicing in Hawaii. Ms. Pavey is recognized by national organizations in both personal injury and commercial litigation matters. She is rated “AV Preeminent”, the highest possible rating given to her by legal peers for ethics and professionalism in the practice of law and she is one of only two women attorneys in Hawaii to join the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates.

Highly Recognized Litigation Lawyer

Ms. Pavey has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America© list, as a “Lawyer of the Year” Honolulu in both personal injury and commercial litigation practice areas.

“Lawyer of the Year”, The Best Lawyers in America© list

Injury Litigation Practice Areas

  • Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs (2020)
  • Product Liability Litigation-Plaintiffs (2014, 2019)

Commercial Litigation Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance Litigation (2013, 2018)

The Best Lawyers in America© list

  • Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs
  • Construction Litigation

Hawaii Super Lawyers® List

Ms. Pavey has also been selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® List. Only 5% of all Hawaii lawyers are selected to the list.

Ms. Pavey has been selected to the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list each year since 2012, and selected to the 2017 Hawaii Super Lawyers® list, "Top 25" list in the practice area of Business Litigation. She is also recognized by the Hawaii Super Lawyers® list in the practice area of Personal Injury litigation.

Personal Injury Overview

Experienced Representation for Traumatic, Catastrophic Injury Clients

Judith Ann Pavey is an experienced injury attorney who may help determine if you may bring a claim for compensation against the party at fault. Catastrophic injuries are defined as injuries that change the life of an accident victim permanently including paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, complex fractures and organ damage.

When you suffer a catastrophic injury through no fault of your own, you should consider an attorney who has a depth of experience representing clients with your particular class of injury. 

In her personal injury practice, Judith Ann Pavey has particular expertise with cases involving medical malpractice. Ms. Pavey represents clients who were injured as a result of delayed or missed diagnosis, ER mistakes and other traumatic and catastrophic injuries.

Ms. Pavey is particular experienced in representing clients with breast cancer whose diagnosis was misdiagnosed or delayed.

Representing Clients Against Insurance Companies

Ms. Pavey is one of Hawaii’s most experienced trial lawyers representing clients in court when insurance companies refuse to compensate those who are injured. She has a track record of winning cases involving insurance companies who do not want to pay, and who would like to award as little as possible. Ms. Pavey is successful in getting insurance companies to pay her clients a just financial settlement award for their injuries.

Recognition for Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Matters
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Lawyer of the Year Honolulu, Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiff
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Lawyer of the Year Honolulu, Product Liability Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© a in Honolulu, Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiff
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Product Liability Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Personal Injury Law-Plaintiff
  • Hawaii Super Lawyers® List, Personal Injury Law
Types of Injury Cases

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice exists when a health care provider deviates from the professional standard of care, thereby causing harm to a patient. In Hawaii, you must specify the facts of the lawsuit and names of the health care provider(s) to a panel of one physician and one attorney before filing a lawsuit. The healthcare provider(s) will have an opportunity to respond to the panel. Based on the panel’s review, you may or may not be allowed to go forward with the lawsuit.

Nursing Home Abuse

Honolulu injury attorney Judith Ann Pavey may represent the family of the nursing home patients, when the victim is not able to represent themselves.

Nursing homes owe a duty to provide protection to the people in their care. Nursing homes may face civil penalties for abuse and neglect under Hawaii Code section 28-94. The Hawaii Code defines abuse as inflicting physical pain, burns, bruises, malnutrition, dehydration, bone fractures, sexual assault, mental distress, misappropriation of funds, wrongful use of personal assets, and withholding life necessities.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries may range from mild to severe and often occur in the context of a car accident, a fall from elevation, or an incident involving a defective product. Sometimes people who suffer serious, permanent brain injuries are able to retrain other portions of the brain to replace lost function. However, this treatment is extremely expensive. Bringing a lawsuit may be helpful to a family’s financial and emotional stability, and it is important to choose an injury attorney in the Honolulu area who has significant, substantial trial experience such as Judith Ann Pavey.

Wrongful Death

In Hawaii, wrongful death is caused by someone else’s default, neglect, or wrongful act. Under Hawaii law, the right to sue arises out of the relationship of the plaintiff to the deceased person. Wrongful death plaintiffs may include the personal representative of the decedent’s estate, the decedent’s surviving spouse, the decedent’s parents or child, the decedent’s reciprocal beneficiary, and anybody who was financially dependent on the decedent at the time of their death.

Premises Liability

Property owners or their representatives owe a duty to make repairs and issue warnings to avoid causing injury to visitors on the property. If you are injured as a result of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property, Honolulu injury attorney Judith Ann Pavey, can help you bring a premises liability lawsuit to recover damages. You will need to prove that the owner or manager knew of, or reasonably should have known about the dangerous property condition, yet failed to make repairs or warn visitors of the danger.

Product Liability

In Hawaii, you can recover damages for a defective product that causes injuries under either a theory of negligence or a theory of strict liability. Products may be defective in design defects, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings. When a design defect is alleged, you will need to prove an inherent flaw in the product that directly caused your injuries.

Most failure to warn lawsuits allege that a manufacturer owed a duty to warn consumers about unreasonably dangerous aspects of the product. Manufacturing defects usually arise out of missteps during the process of manufacturing the product.

Commercial Litigation Overview

Insightful, Strategic Commercial Litigation Representation

If you are involved in a business dispute, you must engage an attorney who is experienced in working with counsel representing the other party, and if a settlement can not be reached and your business is at risk, represent you in court.

Ms. Pavey is recognized by national organizations for her experience:

  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, “Lawyer of the Year”, Medical Malpractice Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, “Lawyer of the Year”, Product Liability Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, “Lawyer of the Year”, Banking Finance Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Personal Injury Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Medical Malpractice Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Product Liability Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Commercial Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© in Honolulu, Construction Litigation
  • Hawaii Super Lawyers® List, “Top 25” List, Business Litigation
  • Chambers and Partners USA, Leading Lawyers for Business, Commercial Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star
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