James T. Leavitt - Leavitt Yamane and Soldner, Hawaii personal injury attorney

James T. Leavitt

Founding Attorney

James T. Leavitt

Founding Attorney
James Leavitt



University of Michigan Law School, J.D. – 1966

Dartmouth College, A.B. English Literature – 1963

Associations and Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates

Hawaii Association for Justice

Best Business of 2018 - ThreeBest Rated, Leavitt

Wisdom and Experience

Mr. Leavitt has been a Hawaii trial lawyer for forty-eight years. That experience has given him a deeper understanding of Hawaiian law and local practices which helps him obtain outstanding results for his clients.

Among his distinction in which he was recognized by his fellow trial lawyers are:

  • “AV” ® rating (highest rating for ability and ethics) by Martindale-Hubbell®, the original lawyer-rating service. He has maintained this rating for over 30 years.
  • elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • elected President of the Hawaii Association of Justice.
  • “Super Lawyers” ®
  • Best Lawyers®

As a Honolulu personal injury lawyer, he enjoys helping injured individuals seek justice and recovering maximum compensation on their behalf.

Throughout the course of his career, he has had countless successful results, inside and outside of the courtroom. Many of the cases he has handled have altered Hawaii laws. For example, the Hawaii Supreme Court expanded the definition of “product” in product liability cases when hearing Armstrong v. Cione.

Mr. Leavitt was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps (JAG) when he was assigned to Pearl Harbor in 1968. Upon completing his service in 1970, he joined the original Public Defenders Office here and then started the firm in 1972.

In his spare time he enjoys surfing.

James Leavitt, personal injury attorney surfing

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