Hawaii governor picks new AG

Jessica M. Karmasek Dec. 20, 2010, 12:00pm


HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who took office earlier this month, announced on Sunday his appointment of David Louie as the state's next attorney general.

According to the Governor's Office, Louie, 59, is a lawyer with the law firm of Roeca Louie & Hiraoka, practicing for the past 33 years in the areas of personal injury defense, construction defect litigation and commercial litigation.

He has served as the president, vice-president and director of the Hawaii State Bar Association (1995-2001), a lawyer representative for the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2005-08), and the Northwest Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2008-10).

He is the current vice chair of the Hawaii Supreme Court Special Committee on Judicial Performance (1999-present) and was chairman of the State of Hawaii Aloha Tower Development Corporation (1999-2005).

He also has been named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2011) and a Hawaii Super Lawyer (2008-present).

Louie graduated from Occidental College and University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law, and is a frequent lecturer for numerous continuing legal education seminars, the Governor's Office said.

"I couldn't be happier that Mr. Louie's accepted this critical position of state Attorney General," Abercrombie said in a statement.

"He is well versed in many areas of law and will be a tireless advocate for the interests of the people of Hawaii. He is the kind of person we need on our team as we address the challenges facing our communities."

Louie's appointment and the appointments of the 15 directors require state Senate confirmation.

Abercrombie, a Democrat, took office Dec. 6. He served in the U.S. Congress from 1991 to this year, when he resigned to run for governor. He is the state's seventh governor.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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