First Amendment and Defamation

A free society requires a free press that is not afraid to tell the story — even when it is unpopular or offensive to those in power. Over the years, our firm has provided critical representation to the local and national press, as well as to individuals and businesses that have been threatened for simply telling the truth. In times of crisis — or to avoid a crisis — such publications as The New Yorker, USA Today, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu Weekly, and others have sought our experienced and insightful counsel.

Our First Amendment and defamation practice is not just limited to defending the press. We also represent individuals and businesses that have been harmed by the irresponsible publication of defamatory or libelous statements. In one notable case that received national attention, we obtained vindication for a hardworking Hawaii doctor who had been defamed by a mainland medical malpractice attorney, securing for our client not only a retraction and a written apology, but also a recovery in excess of half a million dollars.

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