Brett R. Tobin

Direct:  808.628.7531
Fax:  808.533.2467

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Practice Areas

- Real Estate Litigation

- Professional Liability

- Administrative Proceedings 


Brett concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and business litigation, real estate disputes, and intellectual property litigation.  Brett is focused on helping clients navigate their way through complex issues and disputes, seeking out creative and efficient solutions to their problems. Through his experience, Brett has represented individuals and Fortune 500 companies in both state and federal court as well as before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and various other administrative bodies.


Prior to joining Sullivan Meheula Lee, Brett was a partner at one of Hawaii’s oldest and most-prominent law firms, practicing there for eight years and earning recognition by Best Lawyers.  Brett started his career at the renowned litigation firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, DC, spending five years there gaining invaluable experience working on a variety of high stakes matters.  Before that, Brett clerked for the Honorable J. Frederick Motz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.


Brett serves on the Publications Committee of the Hawaii State Bar Association and he volunteers his time working with the Access to Justice project in Hawaii District Court as well as supporting other local pro bono programs.


Brett’s pre-law career included two years as a sports writer for a newspaper in Virginia and a stint teaching English at Beijing Normal University in China. 



Best Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, 2019, 2020


J.D., University of Virginia, School of Law, 2004

  -Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review

  -Semi-finalist, William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition

  -Raven Society

B.A., College of William and Mary, 1997


Admissions & Courts
Hawaii (all state and federal courts)

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


Hawaii State Bar Association

American Bar Association Hawaii

District of Columbia Bar

Virginia Bar Association

Legal Publications 

Copyright Protection for Fashion Designs in the Wake of Star Athletica, Hawaii Bar Journal, September 2018

Raw Emotions and Fishy Judgment:  Aloha Poke Company and the Cost Benefit Analysis of Cease and Desist Letters in the Social Media Age, Hawaii Bar Journal, February 2019


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