He concentrates his practice in the area of litigation, including construction and development law, trade name and trademark infringement, insurance defense, real property issues, products liability and personal injury and general litigation matters. Mr. Lam’s practice also encompasses a range of transactions, including commercial, industrial office and retail development, leasing and sales.
Mr. Lam has represented architects, developers, prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and construction lenders in mechanic’s liens, Miller Act claims, payment disputes and workouts on large construction projects. Mr. Lam has also represented a major State of Hawai‘i real estate developer in development disputes.
With respect to his real estate transactional work, Mr. Lam counsels companies, developers, property managers, and landlords and tenants on a myriad of sophisticated transactions, including but not limited to, land acquisitions, development, and commercial leasing issues.
As a trial attorney, he has represented financial institutions, developers, professionals, and large corporations in matters ranging in complexity from Truth-in-Lending, Petroleum Marketing Practice Act, and Fair Housing Act and racial discrimination cases, to partnerships dissolution disputes and corporate shareholder disputes.
In January 2007, Michael Lam successfully obtained a ruling from the Hawai‘i State Supreme Court for his client in which the court ruled that a settlement, which requires the dismissal of a non-settling party’s cross-claim against the settling party, was not made in good faith, under HRS 663-15.5(d), even though the settlement without the dismissal requirement would have been in good faith. See reported case: Brooks v. Dana Nance & Co., 113 Hawai‘i 406, 153 P.3d 1091, 2007 Haw. Lexis 8 (Haw. Jan. 12, 2007).
Michael Lam has been recognized for his work in the area construction litigation having been named by his peers to the Best Lawyers In America 2012-2017 listings. He had also been named a Hawaii Super Lawyer, 2013 by Super Lawyers. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
AREAS OF EMPHASIS:
Construction Law; Construction Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Business Litigation; Premises Liability; Products Liability; Real Estate Litigation; Insurance and Personal Injury Litigation; Real Estate Transactions; Commercial Leases
State of Hawai‘i
U.S. District Court, District of Hawai‘i
B.A., Creighton University, 1981
J.D., University of Santa Clara, 1986