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Brook Hart - Honolulu, HI

Melim Building333 Queen StreetSuite 610 Honolulu, HI 96813 - 4716

Updated: 02/18/2024

Honolulu Criminal Law; State and Federal Criminal Investigations, Trials, Appeals and Post-Conviction Representation Lawyer

About Brook Hart

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Law; State and Federal Criminal Investigations, Trials, Appeals and Post-Conviction Representation


  • 95%


Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii
  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • Hawaii Public Defender Advocacy Institute, 1993 - Present
  • Committee on Implementation of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Plan for the District of Hawaii, 1980 (Coordinator)
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1978 - Present (Member)
  • Committee to Select Federal Public Defender for District of Hawaii, 1981 - 1983, 1994
  • American Inns of Court IV, Hawaii, 1982 - Present (Master of the Bench)
  • Hawaii Supreme Court, Judicial Council of Hawaii Committee on Penal Code Revision and Reform, 1983 - 1985 (Member)
  • Hawaii State Judicial Conference, 1986 - 2002 (Member)
  • Hawaii Supreme Court Permanent Committee on Rules of Penal Procedure and Circuit Court Criminal Rules, 1984 - Present (Member)
  • Hawaii Supreme Court Permanent Committee on Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions, 1993 - 1996 (Member)
  • Hawaii State Bar Association (Member)
  • The State Bar of California (Member)
  • American Judicature Society (Member)
  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association (Member)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member)
  • Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, Advanced Criminal Law Seminars, Aspen, Colorado, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1992
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1987
  • Faculty, Hawaii Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988
  • Speaker, NACDL Aspen CLE Seminar, 2000
  • Faculty Member, ABA-LEI National Continuing Legal Education Conference, Vail, Colorado, 2001
  • Adjunct Professor / Lecturer in Law at the University of Hawaii Law School, Hawaii Innocence Project Seminar, Course Nos.: LAW 590S & 590T, 2005 - Present
  • Faculty, NACDL 4th Annual West Coast White Collar Criminal Defense Conference, San Diego, California, 2014

Past Positions

  • Hon. Martin Pence, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, Law Clerk, 1966 - 1967
  • Law Offices of Hy Greenstein, Associate, 1968 - 1970
  • Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Chief Public Defender, 1970 - 1972
  • Hart, Sherwood, Leavitt, Blanchfield & Hall (and its progeny), Partner, 1972 - 1980
  • Hart & Wolff, Partner, 1980 - 1996


  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland


Published Works

  • Hawaii's New Public Defender Legislation: A Study in Legislative Overkill (Co-Author), 8 Hawaii Bar Journal 53, 1971
  • Report and Guidelines for the Defense of Eligible Persons, National Study Commission on Defense Services, NLADA-LEAA (Co-Author), 1976
  • Preliminary Hearings, Public Defender Sourcebook, Singer, Ed., Chapter 5, PLI-ABA, 1976
  • Profiles in Privacy: Airport Travelers, Drug Enforcement Agents and Detector Dogs (Co-Author), 3 Criminal Law Review 35, Clark Boardman & Co., 1981
  • Champion Profile (Featured Criminal Defense Attorney), 16 The Champion 51, NACDL, July, 1992
  • Plain Nonsense: Misrepresentations and Omissions in [Peter] Carlisle's and [Mark] Bennett's Article, Plain Error? (Co-Author), 2 Hawaii Bar Journal 32, Dec., 1998
  • The Hawaii Supreme Court's Criminal Law Decisions 1997-1998: Fair Use of the Doctrine of Plain Error?, II Hawaii Bar Journal 49 (No. 13), 1998

Office Information


Melim Building333 Queen StreetSuite 610 Honolulu, HI 96813 - 4716


  • (808) 531-2677



  • Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, 1980 - Present
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1983 - Present
  • Hawaii's A+ Attorneys, Honolulu Magazine, 1993 - Present (every edition containing this feature since 1993)
  • The Reginald Heber Smith Award as the Outstanding Public Defender in the Nation, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 1971

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