Jeffrey S. Portnoy
     Honolulu Office
     1000 Bishop Street / Suite 1200
     Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
     Direct Dial: (808) 521-9221
     Direct Fax: (808) 540-5040
     Get V-Card

 Practice Areas   
Digital Media and Internet Law
Employment Law and Labor Relations
First Amendment, Advertising and Media
Health Care
Insurance Defense and Professional Liability
Intellectual Property

     Printer Friendly

Mr. Portnoy is a partner practicing in the area of litigation. He is the Chair of the firm's litigation department, and has practiced law as a civil litigator at the firm since 1972. Mr. Portnoy has extensive litigation and alternative dispute resolution experience in several areas of substantive law, including insurance, employment, mass tort, product liability, media, securities, and medical and legal professional errors and omissions.

Mr. Portnoy was President of the Hawaii State Bar Association in 2007. He recently completed a three year term as Hawaii's representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory Board.

He has served two three-year terms as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit, and was Chairman of the United States District Court Advisory (Biden) Committee. He also served as a Hawaii State Per Diem Judge and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hawaii teaching media law for several years. He was elected to the Hawaii ABOTA chapter. Mr. Portnoy has served as the Hawaii State Representative to the Defense Research Institute. He has also served as the Hawaii State Bar Association's representative to the American Bar Association's house of Delegates.

Mr. Portnoy has been selected by his peers as Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year (Hawaii) 2011 in Insurance Law. He is also included in five practice areas in Best Lawyers in America. He is listed in Who's Who in America. He has been the recipient of several local and national awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' First Amendment Award, and the Exceptional Performance Award from the Defense Research Institute. Among other state and national recognitions, he has been selected as one of the leading litigators in Hawaii by Chambers USA and several other publications.

In his spare time, he serves as President of Manoa Valley Theatre's Board of Directors and is the color analyst for University of Hawaii basketball on ESPN 1420. Mr. Portnoy has served as visiting Professor of Law at the Debrecen School of Law, Debrecen, Hungary, and was a visiting professor in Tartu, Estonia.

  • J.D. (1972), Duke University School of Law

  • B.A. (1969), Syracuse University

  • Supreme Court of Hawaii and Supreme Court of the United States

  • State Courts of the State of Hawaii

  • USDC for the District of Hawaii

  • USDC for the Northern Mariana Islands and the Northern District of California

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Elected to Membership - International Association of Defense Counsel - 1991

  • Exceptional Performance Award - Defense Research Institute - 1991 and 1993

  • Freedom of the Press Award - Society of Professional Journalists Hawaii Chapter - 1983

  • Selected by Best Lawyers in America as Hawaii Insurance Lawyer of the Year 2011

  • Selected by Governor Neil Abercrombie to serve on Judicial Selection Commission 2011 - 2017

  • Selected by Mayor Peter Carlisle to serve on City & County of Honolulu Ethics Commission

  • Selected for Best Lawyers in America 1992 to 2011 in six specialties (Commercial Litigation, First Amendment, Insurance, Legal Malpractice, Personal Injury Litigation, Bet the Company Litigation)

  • Selected for Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers 2003-2011

  • Selected for Listing in Hawaii Super Lawyers 2008, 2010, 2011

  • Selected for the Who's Who in America

  • Selected for Who's Who Legal: USA - Commercial Litigation 2006 - 2011 (one of only five Hawaii attorneys)

  • Society of Professional Journalists - First Amendment Award - 1995

  • State Leadership Award - Defense Research Institute - 1999

  • New Forums Press, Inc., Mass Communication Law in Hawaii (1994)

  • Hawaii Chapter - Libel Defense Resource Center 50 State Survey - l982 to present. Media Privacy and Related Law

  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press - Manual on Access to Government - Hawaii Chapter

  • Western Newspaper Publishing Co., The Lum Court and the First Amendment, University of Hawaii Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 1,393-420

  • Speaker, teacher and author at numerous programs and seminars on media law, employment law, personal injury law, trial tactics, and commercial litigation.

  • Hawaii State Bar Association (President - 2007; Director - 1989-1993; Hawaii Representative to ABA House of Delegates - 1994-1996; Member, Bench Bar Conference)

  • American Bar Association (Member, ABA Forum Committee on Communications; Former Vice Chair, Media, Privacy and Defamation Law, ABA Tort & Insurance Practice)

  • Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association (Past President)

  • Defense Research Institute (Past Hawaii Chair; awarded their Ambassador Award)

  • United States District Court Advisory Committee (Past Chairman)

  • Two three-year terms as Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit

  • Former Hawaii Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory Board

  • Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates

  • United States District Court Magistrate Selection Panel (Chairman - 1990)

  • Board of Directors of the Manoa Valley Theatre (President)

  • Board of Directors of the Hawaii International Film Festival (Former President)

  • Honolulu Neighborhood Commission (Former Chairman)

  • University of Hawaii Basketball color analyst on ESPN 1420

  • University of Hawaii, Department of Journalism/Media Law (Adjunct Professor, 1985-1992)

  • Hawaii Supreme Court Disciplinary Board (Director)

  • Media Defense Resource Council (Member)

  • The Hawaii Labor Letter (Former Editor-in-Chief)

  • University of Hawaii Law School Dean Search Committee

  • University of Hawaii Board of Regents