MICHAEL MARR, ESQ.
AREA OF EXPERTISEBanking/Finance/Foreclosure , Commercial/Business , Condo/AOAO , Construction/Design , Employment/Labor
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Mr. Michael Anthony Marr graduated from the University of Washington, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, with distinction in political science on June 14, 1975. Thereafter, he attended the University of San Francisco Law School and was the recipient of a Marian Davis Foundation Scholarship and a University of San Francisco Law School Scholarship. He graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School on May 28, 1978.
Mr. Marr was licensed to practice law in the State of Washington on May 16, 1979 and in the State of Hawaii on May 1, 1980. He has also been admitted to practice law before the United States District Court of Western Washington, the United States District Court of Hawaii, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Marr has represented clients in almost every major area of law, including, but not limited to, labor and employment law (federal, public, and private sectors), family law (at least 1,600 cases), real estate law, probate law, personal injury law, construction law, business law, commercial law, banking law, immigration law, criminal law, constitutional law, welfare law, and immigration law.
Mr. Marr, while maintaining his private law practice, has served as special counsel to the State of Hawaii Crime Commission, as independent grand jury counsel to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii, as a trustee to the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Hawaii, and as a law instructor at the University of Hawaii and Chaminade University. Mr. Marr has continued to represent the Bank of Hawaii as an “outside counsel” since 1989, as principal broker for Marr Realty since 1992, and as a pro bono Guardian Ad Litem for abused children in the Family Court of the First Circuit since 2004.
The three most memorable cases that Mr. Marr has handled as an attorney concern (1) a four day child custody trial before the Honorable Evelyn B. Lance where he convinced Judge Lance to change custody from the custodial parent to his client, the non-custodial parent who had who had voluntarily relinquished physical custody for over one year, (2) where he represented the Bank of Hawaii’s interests in a divorce case between, at that moment in time, Hawaii’s most successful residential real estate developer and his wife, and (3) representing Ward Properties in a labor dispute relating to the employment status of entertainers as either independent contractors or employees.
Mr. Marr has also provided neutral services in over 800 cases since he first began his law practice. Between 2007 through mid 2008, with the exception of providing legal services to indigent clients, his law practice was exclusively devoted to providing neutral services to the area of labor and employment law. It was during this time that Mr. Marr established and published the Hawaii Labor and Employment Law Alert (HLELA). The HLELA covers court opinions, as they relate to labor and employment law, of the United States Supreme Court, the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the State of Hawaii Supreme Court, the State of Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Federal Labor Relations Authority. The HLELA is published in January, April, July, and October of each year (one publication for each season of the year.)
The demand for Mr. Marr’s arbitration and mediation services outside the area of labor and employment law, particularly in the areas of family law, real estate law, business law, commercial law, and probate law, has lead Mr. Marr to change the focus of his law practice. He now maintains a general ADR practice. However, he continues to publish the HLELA.
The three most memorable ADR cases handled by Mr. Marr during his career concern (1) the successful mediation of a divorce matter between one of Hawaii’s most successful restaurateurs, hotel owners, and international real estate developers and his wife, (2) the successful mediation of a family business dispute involving over 100 million dollars in assets, and (3) a labor arbitration dispute involving issues of first impression relating to evidentiary privileges.
Mr. Marr is currently a member of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Division, the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and Labor and Employment Law Section, the Washington State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and Labor and Employment Law Section, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and the Society of Federal Labor Relations Professionals.
Mr. Marr is a member of numerous arbitration and mediation panels, including, but not limited to, the United States District Court of Hawaii Mediation Panel, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Dispute Prevention and Resolution, Inc., (DPR), the National Arbitration Forum, the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service, the National Association of Securities Dealers, the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, the Los Angeles City Employee Relations Board, the Washington State Marine Employees’ Commission, the Washington State Labor Relations Commission, the Oregon State Employment Relations Board, the Maine Labor Relations Commission, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission, the Montana Board of Personnel Appeals, the Nevada Employee Relations Board, the Nebraska Employee Relations Board and the Virgin Islands Public Employee Relations Board.
Mr. Marr’s arbitration style is similar to that of an administrative hearing officer. He expects counsel to be prepared, civil, and professional. While he also expects counsel to be zealous advocates for their clients, he also expects counsel to know the difference between being assertive and being rude.
In regard to his mediation style, he prefers the conciliatory approach to solving disputes but will use the evaluative method if requested by the parties or their counsel. Irrespective of which method is used, he believes that in order for the mediation to be successful, the mediator must have the ability to adapt to the personalities of the parties so that he can gain their trust and have them feel comfortable during the mediation process.