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    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

    Tina Smith received her law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. In addition to attending formal mediation training at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, Ms. Smith is barred in Nevada and Arkansas. During law school, Ms. Smith interned for the Hon. Jimm Larry Hendren on the United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas, and thereafter served as a law clerk to the Hon. James C. Mahan, United States District Court, District of Nevada, from 2002-2003 and 2004-2005.

    Following her legal clerkships, Ms. Smith worked as a legal consultant in both Hawaii and Nevada. Ms. Smith moved to Hawaii in 2010 where she consulted on a 6-year battle between the town of Waimea, Kauai, and Dupont Pioneer. This case, which culminated in a federal jury trial, reinforced Ms. Smith’s understanding of how the risks and extensive costs of prolonged litigation compare to the outcomes available through itigation.

    Ms. Smith views her role in mediation as helping both sides explain and advance their positions in order to accomplish a fair result while balancing the risks and rewards inherent to litigation. To this end, Ms. Smith works to provide creative settlement strategies to meet the needs of the parties while addressing underlying concerns that are often discounted within adversarial settings and the limited forms of relief afforded in litigation. Utilizing these more creative dispute resolution strategies allows the parties to feel they have more input in the process and consequently are better able to reach reasonable outcomes.

    To that end, Ms. Smith has assisted multiple firms in reaching settlements in cases with diverse legal matters ranging from construction defect, environmental torts, condo and AOAO disputes, personal injury, consumer protection, and class actions in both state and federal court. Most recently, Ms. Smith was instrumental to reaching an 8-figure settlement in a complicated construction defect case that would have otherwise gone to trial with far greater risk for both sides.