Robert Thomas
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert

1003 Bishop Street
1600 Pauahi Tower
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, United States
Phone: 808-531-8031
Fax: 808-533-2242
Areas of Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Constitutional Law
  • Elections & Politics
  • Environmental Law
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
ATF Michigan v. Michigan, No. 303702 (Mich. App. June 7, 2016)

ATF Michigan v. Michigan, No. 303702 (Mich. App. June 7, 2016)

ATF Michigan v. Michigan, No. 303702 (Mich. App. June 7, 2016)…more

A Full and Perfect Equivalent for Just Compensation: The Historical Context and Practice

Is just compensation the next big thing? This article identifies three issues in just compensation in eminent domain that may be on the horizon. "WHEN THE U.S. SUPREME COURT began selectively applying the Bill of Rights to…more
Kostick v. Nago

Jurisdictional Statement

Hawaii's 2012 Reapportionment Plan "extracted" 108,767 residents -- nearly 8% of the total population -- and did not count them as Hawaii "permanent residents." It excluded these people from the body politic: (1) active duty…more
 /  Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics

Damon Key's Legal Alert - Spring/Summer 2013

The Spring/Summer edition of Damon Key's Legal Alert, with articles on the Hawaii Supreme Court's latest construction law decision, Estate Planning, the duty to defend claims arising from faulty workmanship, and the successful…more
 /  Construction Law, Family Law, Insurance, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
In re Trustees Under the Will of the Estate of James Campbell

Opinion of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals

Yesterday, the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals issued an opinion in In re Trustees Under the Will of the Estate of James Campbell, No. 30006 (June 13, 2013), a fascinating case involving the nature of Torrens title. In…more
 /  Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Amicus Briefing - Hawaii State Bar Association, Appellate Law Section CLE materials (5/20/2013)

This is the handout for the CLE session on Amicus Briefing for the Hawaii State Bar Association's Section of Appellate Law - 5/20/2013…more
 /  Constitutional Law

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies When Debts Can Be Discharged In Bankruptcy

Michael A. Yoshida May 14, 2013 On Monday, May 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified when certain debts can be discharged in bankruptcy. In Bullock v. BankChampaign, NA, No. 11-1518, the unanimous…more
 /  Bankruptcy

New Court Decision Adds to the Costs of Construction

Anna H. Oshiro ( April 23, 2013 The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a construction licensing opinion concluding that renovation contractors are not entitled to undertake specialty work (such as…more
 /  Construction Law
Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States

Brief Amicus Curiae of Owners' Counsel of America in Support of Petitioners

This is the brief of Owners' Counsel of America supporting the petitioners in Brandt v. United States. That case involves an abandoned rail line in Wyoming, but this case has nationwide implications. The issue before the…more
 /  Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Transportation

Insurers Have a Duty to Defend Construction Defect Claims ... Maybe.

Earlier this week, the Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) issued an important decision, concluding that insurance companies have a duty to provide a defense for policyholders when they are sued for construction defects. This…more
 /  Construction Law, Insurance

Damon Key's Legal Alert - Winter/Spring 2013

The Winter/Spring 2013 edition of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert's Legal Alert, featuring articles on the firm's tradition of community service, the Group Builders issue (insurance coverage for construction defects), and more…more
 /  Construction Law, Insurance, Nonprofit Law
City of Tombstone v. United States


This brief addresses whether the City of Tombstone is likely to succeed on its claim that its ability to access and repair the sources of its municipal water located on federal land is not trumped by the federal government’s…more
 /  Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

The Founding of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert (1963-2013)

Founded in Honolulu in 1963 by Frank Damon, a Hawai‘i-born descendant of missionaries from New England, and Henry Shigekane, the son of Japanese immigrants, Damon & Shigekane pioneered new territory by crossing ethnic lines — a…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
Hoku Lele, LLC v. City and County of Honolulu

Opinion of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals

The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, in a unanimous panel opinion authored by Judge Foley, held that a "zoning verification" by the Director of the City and County's Department of Planning and Permitting is not a "action of…more
 /  Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use
District Council 50 of the Intn'l Union of Painters & Allied Trades v. Lopez

General Contractors Association of Hawaii's Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Respondent/Defendant-Appellee

This case involves contractors' licensing and whether the holder of a specialty renovation license is entitled to do certain specialty renovation work as "incidental and supplemental" to that license. The Hawaii Intermediate…more
 /  Administrative Law, Construction Law, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential
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