Luminate Law

Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation

Litigation, Arbitration, and Mediation

Our attorneys have resolved numerous disputes through litigation, arbitration, and mediation.  We help clients assert  or defend claims relating to contractual rights, intra-company disagreements, First Amendment rights, insurance coverage, environmental protection laws, open government laws, and real property disputes.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained $1.1 million judgment for subcontractor after trial in a contractual dispute with national environmental remediation company
  • Successfully defended hospitality industry leader in arbitration against breach of contract claim brought by international restaurant chain. Resolved case by way of motion for summary disposition
  • Obtained million-dollar arbitration award for private real estate developer against governmental agency
  • Secured jury verdict for defendant in defamation action against magazine publisher. Successfully defended judgment on appeal to Ninth Circuit. Chapman v. Journal Concepts, Inc., No. 09-16303, 2010 WL 4269524 (9th Cir. Oct. 27, 2010)
  • Successfully challenged government agency’s interpretation of exception to open meetings requirement under State Sunshine Law. Right to Know Committee v. City Council, 117 Hawaii 1, 175 P.3d 111 (App. 2007)
  • Helped major Honolulu newspaper to obtain access to sealed court records in whistleblower action against a municipal employer. Kamakana v. City and County of Honolulu, 447 F.3d 1172 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Won summary judgment and Ninth Circuit affirmance on claims to enforce judgment against judgment debtor and its partners and successors-in-interest
  • Obtained reversal of County of Hawaii Planning Commission’s decision to deny Special Management Area permit to developer of proposed condominium project
  • Assisted in defense of publicly-traded company in consumer fraud class action

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

  • “Social Media for Litigators” - Federal Bar Association (Elijah Yip)
  • Social Media Legal Issues Affecting Jurors - U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii Conference (Elijah Yip)
  • “Social Media Evidence–a Primer” - Hawaii State Judiciary Judges Conference (Elijah Yip)
  • “Social Media in E-Discovery: A New Tool and Emerging Law” - co-presented with Don Swanson, International Legal Technology Association (Elijah Yip)
  • “E-Discovery in Hawai‘i: Navigating the Pitfalls of Preservation and Production” - Elijah Yip as Moderator, Hawai‘i State Bar Convention (Elijah Yip)


  • Elijah Yip, Hawaii State Bar Association’s Federal Appellate Practice Manual (2013), Chapter on Oral Argument

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