MARK BENNETT, ESQ.
AREA OF EXPERTISECommercial/Business , Construction/Design , Energy/Environment , General Civil , Injury/Torts , Insurance/Personal , Intellectual Property , Securities
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Mark Bennett has been an attorney for more than thirty years. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell Law School in 1979 where he was on the law review. He then clerked for Hawaii federal judge Sam King, served nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. and Honolulu, and was then a litigation partner for twelve years at a major Honolulu law firm. Starting in 2003, Mr. Bennett served eight years as Hawaii’s (appointed) Attorney General—twice unanimously confirmed in that position by the Hawaii State Senate. For most of that time Mr. Bennett was Chair or Co-Chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Antitrust Committee and Executive Working Group for Antitrust. In 2011 Mr. Bennett returned to private practice as a Director at the Honolulu law firm of Starn O’Toole Marcus and Fisher, again specializing in complex litigation.
In 2009, Mr. Bennett received a United States Department of Justice National Leadership Award, in 2007 he received the Hawaii Law Enforcement Elwood J. McGuire Award for Contributions to Law Enforcement and was inducted in the Hawaii Joint Police Association Hall of Fame, and in 1986 he received a Special Achievement Award from the Attorney General of the United States. Over the last twenty years, Mr. Bennett has regularly taught criminal procedure to second and third year law students at Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, and is a Director of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Judicature Society.
Mr. Bennett has first-chaired more than 100 jury trials, is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has argued and briefed scores of cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Hawaii Supreme Court, and has twice successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 556 U.S. ___ (2009), and Lingle v. Chevron, 544 U.S. 528 (2005).
Mr. Bennett has tried or supervised complex cases in almost every civil law area, and has personally negotiated settlements and complex arrangements involving up to and including $1 billion. As a neutral, Mr. Bennett will specialize in complex cases, and will focus on providing fair and thoughtful but cost effective service.