WILLIAM C. DARRAH, ESQ.

    AREA OF EXPERTISE

    PANEL LOCATION

    All neutrals on the DPR Panel are willing to travel to the neighbor islands and the mainland. If you have any questions, please contact DPR at (808) 523-1234

    Since 1976, through the use of conciliation, negotiation, mediation, professional mastering, arbitration, private judging, and traditional litigation, attorney William C. Darrah has helped his many clients successfully meet the challenges of divorce where more complicated financial issues are involved. As the editor of the Hawai‘i Divorce Manual and the Journal of Hawai‘i Family Law, and the moderator for the Family Court’s Divorce Law in Hawai‘i program, Mr. Darrah is Hawai‘i’s best known divorce educator. As a three (3) time former Chairperson of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and in many other roles, Mr. Darrah actively supports numerous initiatives designed to increase access to justice for those of Hawai‘i’s families and children who need it most.

    BACKGROUND AND TRAINING

    • Hawai‘i resident since 1971
    • Born October 6, 1948 in Providence, Rhode Island
    • 1966 graduate of Tabor Academy, Marion, Massachusetts (Valedictorian)
    • 1970 graduate of the University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar)
    • 1975 graduate of New York University School of Law (Root-Tilden Scholar)
    • Federal judicial clerkship in Portland, Oregon with the Honorable Gus J. Solomon (1975)
    • Environmental law work in Hawai‘i with Life of the Land (1971-1976)

    EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

    Practice limited to family law since 1976 • Successfully resolved hundreds of complex Hawai‘i divorce cases • Involved in many important Hawai‘i divorce appeals and “landmark cases” • Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1985-present) • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” highest attorney rating • Designated The Best Lawyers in America (1989-present)• Designated Hawai‘i “A+ Lawyer” (1993-present)• American Bar Association certifed divorce mediator (1985) • Designated Hawaii “Super Lawyer” (2008 inaugural class) • AAML certified divorce arbitrator (1992) • Arbitrator, private judge, mediator, and settlement master for Dispute Prevention Resolution, Inc. (2006-present).

    FAMILY COURT AND BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES

    Chairman of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Family Law Section (1989-1990, 1995, 2005) • Family Court Volunteer Settlement Master (1988, 2004-present) • Family Court Volunteer Settlement Master Steering Committee (2003-present) • Hawai‘i Supreme Court Committee on Statewide Divorce Practice Reform (2005-present) • First Circuit Family Court Procedures Improvement Group (2006-present) • Hawai‘i Supreme Court Committee on Hawai‘i Family Court Rules (2007-present).

    EDUCATING OTHERS

    Program chair for the Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s annual Divorce Law Update Program (1989-2007) • Editor of the Family Law Section’s Journal of Hawai‘i Family Law (1990-present) • Editor of the Bar Association’s Hawai‘i Divorce Manual (1992-present) • Author of numerous articles on divorce law for the Hawai‘i Bar Journal, the Honolulu Advertiser, and the Honolulu Star Bulletin • Senior trainer for divorce mediators at the Mediation Center of the Pacific (1998-present) • Senior lawyer trainer for volunteers staffing the First Circuit Family Court’s divorce education programs “Kids First” and “Kids First II” (1995-present) • American Bar Association Family Law Section Hawai‘i law reporter (1998-present) • Moderator of Family Court’s “Divorce Law in Hawai‘i” monthly public education program on divorce money issues (2002-present).

    AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS

    Best Lawyers in America 2009 Honolulu Family Lawyer of the Year • Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s C. Frederick Schutte Award for Outstanding and Meritorious Service to the Legal Community and the Profession (1992) • Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division President’s Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service to the Community (1997) • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (2006-present).

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