Honolulu Automobile Lawyer
Bert S. Sakuda joined the firm in 1979. He is particularly interested in cases involving insurance, motor vehicle accidents and appellate advocacy. He has developed a reputation as one of Hawaii's leading litigators and authorities on insurance law. He is one of the most frequently called upon attorneys in Hawaii to provide education seminars and to testify at legislative hearings in the field of casualty insurance. He has been a member of legislative committees of the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii, and the American Bar Association Litigation Section. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court as a member of the Supreme Court's Standing Committees on Civil Jury Instructions, Appellate Rules, the Discovery Referee Committee and to the State of Hawaii Judicial Conference.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.