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    Daniel Hempey has been litigating trials and appeals since 1990.  He has tried over 75 cases to verdict and he also has a prolific appellate practice.  Mr. Hempey knows the ins, outs, risks, rewards and costs of litigation.  He began his career as a public defender in Montgomery County Maryland and later practiced extensive civil litigation in San Mateo, California.  He has lived and practiced law on Kauai since 2000.  Mr. Hempey has a prolific history of pro-bono work on Kauai.  He has extensive experience in both civil and criminal litigation.

    Mr. Hempey also serves Kauai as a Judge Per Diem in the Family Court of the 5th Circuit and as a CAAP arbitrator.  He has presided over mediations, arbitrations and numerous settlement conferences.  He has a reputation as a judge who fosters fair settlements.  As an attorney, Mr. Hempey has been involved in hundreds of Arbitrations and Mediations over the last 28 years.

    Mr. Hempey was trained in “Mediating the Litigated Case” at Pepperdine University School of Law – ranked the top ADR program in the Nation.  Mr. Hempey has served as a mediator in cases involving real estate disputes, negligence, civil rights and employment law.

    He is a partner at De Costa Hempey LLC., where he primarily litigates cases involving civil rights, commercial disputes, wrongful death, employment law, sexual harassment, and personal injury.  He has represented plaintiffs and defendants, multi-national corporations and small businesses, individuals including police officers and criminal defendants, schools, and non-profit entities.

    Mr. Hempey has obtained numerous opinions from Hawaii’s Appellate Courts, including Hanalei Garden Farms v. Pace, (2011), defining “prevailing party” in contract litigation; State v. Palama, 136 Haw. 543 (2015) regarding constitutional protections for Native Hawaiian land rights; State v. Curtis, 394 P.3d 716 (2017) regarding Hawaii’s constitutional right to privacy; State v. Visintin, 143 Haw. 143 (2018), overruling Court procedures that violate 6th amendment.

    Mr. Hempey has been licensed to practice in Hawaii, California, New York, Maryland, and Virginia, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.  He been named to Superlawyers.

    Mr. Hempey enjoys mediating complex cases with interesting issues, typically including:

    1. Commercial and Contract disputes;
    2. Civil Rights including sexual harassment, gender discrimination;
    3. Employment law including wage and hour;
    4. Child custody and divorce;
    5. Personal Injury, including negligence and products liability.
    6. Land use, including Native Hawaiian rights.
    7. Real estate and neighbor disputes.
    8. Any case on appeal.