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Stephen M. Tannenbaum, Esq.

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Phone: (808) 599-3811 Ext: 532
Fax: (808) 694-3090

745 Fort St
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Stephen has historically represented clients in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation matters. He was born in New Jersey, raised in Wilmington, Delaware, and attended university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a degree in International Finance and Management with a minor in Statistics.  Stephen went on to obtain his juris doctoris from New York University School of Law in 1995, after which, he remained and practiced in New York for 10 years at such international firms as Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and Morrison & Foerster. Stephen moved to Hawai‘i in 2005 and joined the firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, where he practiced as a commercial litigator specializing in complex commercial matters until 2012. After a short stint as a solo practitioner, Stephen joined Bickerton Law Group LLLP as of counsel in January 2014, and became a partner in January 2019.

Stephen is proud to have represented an array of clients, from individuals and small “mom-and-pop” businesses to large companies and global financial institutions, in complex, civil litigation and contract dispute matters. Stephen has appeared in federal, state and local courts on matters including but not limited to, bringing and defending claims under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, Truth in Lending Act, Consumer Leasing Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and claims against hotels under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as representing individuals in connection with homeowners’ association and condominium board disputes, trust matters, real estate tax appeals, contested state and IRS audits, disputes regarding Deposit Receipt Offer Agreements and numerous other varieties of contract dispute. Stephen has also worked on a number of significant pro bono matters here in Hawai‘i, including class actions representing minor inmates at the Hawai‘i Youth Correctional Facility, homeless children in connection with their public school education rights under the federal McKinney-Vento Act and the Zoo Fence Artists’ historical use of Kapiolani Park.


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1995
Cum Laude

B.S., The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, 1992
International Management and Marketing, Statistics, Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions and Courts Hawaii (all state and federal courts)
New York (all state and federal courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Hawaii Bar Association

American Bar Association

Public Service
U.S.-China Legal Network, Member since 2012
Hawaii State Bar Association Leadership Institute, Fellow, Selected for 2011
Pro Bono Service
Lambda Legal Defense Fund, New York
Immigrants with H.I.V. Legal Clinic, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, New York
Tibetan Refugee Clinic, New York
Legal Aid Society of New York
Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii