Paul Alston: Lawyer with Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Attorneys At Law A Law Corporation

Paul Alston

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Phone(808) 524-1888

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Practice Areas

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulations Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy / Creditors Rights
  • Business Torts
  • Class Actions
  • Communications and Media
  • Constitutional and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Title and Escrow Defense
  • Contract Disputes
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Environmental and Cultural Resources Litigation
  • ERISA Defense
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • RICO
  • Securities
Contact InfoTelephone: (808) 524-1888
Fax: (808) 524-4591
Law SchoolUniversity of Southern California Law Center, J.D., 1971
Admitted1971, Hawaii; U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii; U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Supreme Court

•American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
•American Bar Association
•American Bar Foundation
•Federal Bar Association, Hawaii Chapter, President 2012-2013
•Hawaii State Bar Association, President 1990-1991
•Hawaii Justice Foundation, President 1986-1989
•Hawaii Lawyers Care (now known as Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii), President 1981-1985
•National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Specialty
•National Conference of Bar Foundations
•The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, Board of Trustees


Why do people hire a particular lawyer? Out of love, fear or trust. Your mother may love you, your former opponents may fear you, but most clients decide based on trust. You earn that by doing, not talking. Paul Alston has built his career based upon earning clients' trust in a wide range of complicated disputes involving large damage claims. His practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, antitrust/unfair competition law, civil rights, class actions, and appellate law. He has been named Hawaii Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America four times: in 2014 and 2009 for Bet-the-Company Litigation; in 2013 for Appellate Practice; and in 2012 for Real Estate Litigation. In Chambers USA, a client describes Alston as three steps ahead of everyone else. Benchmark Litigation identified Alston (and 6 other members of the firm) as among the litigation stars in Hawaii.

•Hawaii Supreme Court
•Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

•Real estate title and escrow disputes, land use, and eminent domain
•Banking and lender liability
•Bankruptcy, creditor's rights and fraudulent transfers
•Environmental, including CERCLA, RCRA, OPA, CAA, CWA and toxic torts
•False Claims Act (Qui Tam)
•ERISA and employee benefits litigation
•Antitrust and trade regulation
•Business disputes
•Business torts (fraud) and contract disputes
•Derivative litigation (corporations and partnerships)
•Partnerships and shareholder disputes
•Civil rights and constitutional law
•Class actions
•Communications and First Amendment law
•Insurance coverage and bad faith
•Professional malpractice
•Unfair competition/unfair advertising

Awards and Honors
•Best Lawyers in America
•2014 Hawaii Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year
•2013 Hawaii Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year
•2012 Hawaii Real Estate Litigation Lawyer of the Year
•2009 Hawaii Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year
•Antitrust Litigation (2009-present)
•Appellate Practice (2007-present)
•Bet-the-Company Litigation (2009-present)
•Commercial Litigation (1993-present)
•First Amendment Litigation (1993-present)
•Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2009-present)
•Real Estate Litigation (2012-present)
•Martindale-Hubbell AV rating (1982-present)
•Chambers USA Leading Lawyers for Business
•Commercial Litigation (2005-present)
•Benchmark Litigation
•Litigation Star: Appellate, General Commercial (2008-present)
•Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award First Place (2011)
•Super Lawyers
•Business Litigation (2008-present)
•Honolulu Magazine, Best Lawyers in Hawaii (1997-present)
•Justice Award for Promoting Public Access to Justice (1991) (Certified as a Civil Trial Advocacy Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy)

Reported CasesRecent Representative Cases: Led 15 online travel companies to victory in an appeal of an assessment of nearly $700 million in transient accommodations taxes by the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation. (2012); Successfully represented a franchisee in an arbitration over termination of an Asia-wide franchise. Won a ruling that the franchisor acted in bad faith and vindicated the franchisee's development rights. (2011); Won rulings holding the State of Hawaii liable for over $70 million in back wages and interest to underpaid employees. (2011); Successfully defended the state's largest electric utility company against a $40 million breach of contract/misrepresentation claim involving a large biofuels project on Maui (2010-11). Won a defense verdict in a month-long federal securities fraud trial against investors seeking damages in excess of $500 million from one of the largest landowners in Hawaii (2009). Won a defense decision after a trial involving million-dollar-plus damages resulting from alleged fraudulent transfers (2009). Defended a Kauai landowner against efforts by the County of Kauai to claim rights to a roadway across his beachfront property, which was worth over $25 million (2008). In the course of two years, obtained settlements and judgments worth over $50 million to clients (2009-2010). Won three appeals in the Hawaii Supreme Court involving claims of (1) takings without compensation by the State of Hawaii involving land worth over $60 million, (2) breach of contract claims involving over 15,000 teachers, and (3) denial of retirement benefits involving over 30,000 retirees. In each case, he successfully defended a favorable decision rendered by the trial court (2009-2010).

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Paul Alston

1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1800
HonoluluHI 96813


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