Attorney General David M. Louie
David Louie has been Hawaii’s Attorney General since January 14, 2011. He was appointed to a four-year term by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie.
Mr. Louie graduated from Occidental College (cum laude) in 1973 with an A.B. in Sociology, and received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977. While in law school, he worked as an intern at the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, CA, Common Cause in Washington, D.C., and the Federal Public Defender in San Francisco, CA.
From 1977 to 1988, Mr. Louie was an attorney at Case & Lynch, practicing in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, commercial litigation, contract disputes and construction defect litigation. He became a partner at the firm in 1984.
In 1988, Mr. Louie was one of the founders of the Honolulu law firm of Roeca Louie & Hiraoka. From 1988 through 2010, Mr. Louie has been the managing partner of the firm, practicing in the areas of civil litigation, insurance defense, construction defect litigation, commercial litigation, legal malpractice, directors and officers liability, prison litigation, product liability, and aviation litigation. During this time, Mr. Louie has tried numerous jury trials to verdict, obtaining many defense verdicts, a $2 million affirmative award, and awards of hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and costs for his clients.
Mr. Louie served as the President, Vice-President, and Director of the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA)(1995-2001) and has been Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and a Director of the Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association (1993 to present). He served as a Lawyer Representative for the United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit)(2005-2008). He was the Northwest Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) (2008-2010) and has served in various capacities as the President, Treasurer, and Director of the NAPABA Hawaii Chapter (1995 to present). He served as a Director (1998-2006) and the Chair (1999-2005) of the State of Hawaii Aloha Tower Development Corporation. He served as the Vice Chair of the Hawaii Supreme Court Rule 19 Special Committee on Judicial Performance (1999-2010).
Mr. Louie is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), where he is currently a Co-Chair for the Premises Liability Section, and a past Chair of the Diversity Committee. He is also a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute and the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Louie has been a faculty member and frequent lecturer for numerous continuing legal education seminars for the HSBA, FDCC, NAPABA, ABA, Pacific Law Institute, Professional Education Systems, Inc. and the National Business Institute. He has authored a number of published articles regarding legal issues.
Mr. Louie is married to Johanna Chen Chuan. They have two grown children who attend college.