David M. Louie

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David M. Louie
Hawaii Attorney General
In office
January 2011 – December 1, 2014
Governor Neil Abercrombie
Preceded by Mark J. Bennett
Succeeded by Doug Chin
Personal details
Born (1951-10-08) October 8, 1951 (age 64)
Oakland, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Johanna C. Chuan
Alma mater Occidental College
UC Berkeley School of Law

David M. Louie (born October 8, 1951 in Oakland, California)[1] is an American attorney, who served as Attorney General of Hawaii for 4 years.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Born in Oakland, Louie was raised in Los Angeles by his father Paul and mother Emma. He is a third generation Chinese American. His father, Presbyterian minister and Seattle-native Paul Louie, was one of three founders of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California[2] and a member of the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.[3] Louie attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in 1973 before attending Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1977. He was then admitted to the State Bar of California that same year. In 1978, Louie was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar[4] and the bar of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.[1]

Legal career[edit]

From 1977 to 1988, Louie was an associate and partner at Case & Lynch in Honolulu. In 1988, Louie became a partner of Honolulu law firm Roeca, Louie and Hiraoka,[3] and was the managing partner from 1988 to 2010, practicing in the areas of civil litigation, insurance defense, construction defect litigation and commercial litigation. Louie served as director, vice president and president of the Hawaii State Bar Association from 1995 to 2001.[4][5] Louie also served as Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and a Director of the Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association (1993-2010). From 1999 to 2006, Louie served as chairman of the Aloha Tower Development Corporation, a state agency charged with developing the land around the Aloha Tower to benefit the state's commercial trade industry based at Honolulu harbor while at the same time providing the residents of Hawaii with ample access to the downtown waterfront. In 1999, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Supreme Court Special Committee on Judicial Performance and at the time of appointment to the attorney general's office, served as its vice chairman.[1] Louie served as Lawyer Representative for the United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit from 2005 to 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Northwest Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.[5] While in private practice, Louie was named a Hawaii Super Lawyer (2008-2011).

Louie was appointed on December 19, 2010 by Democrat Governor Neil Abercrombie as Attorney General of Hawaii.[3] The chief legal officer is not an elected office and is appointed by the Governor in accordance with Article V, Section 6 of the Constitution of Hawaii, subject to confirmation by the Hawaii Senate. Pursuant to statute, the Attorney General serves as acting governor upon the absence of both the governor and lieutenant governor from Hawaii.

Louie is a member of the National Association of Attorneys General and the Conference of Western Attorneys General. He is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, where he was a past Co-Chair for the Premises Liability Section, and a past Chair of the Diversity Committee. He is a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, the Defense Research Institute and the American Bar Association. Louie has been a faculty member and lecturer for numerous continuing legal education seminars for the Hawaii State Bar Association, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, American Bar Association, Pacific Law Institute, Professional Education Systems, Inc. and the National Business Institute. He has authored a number of published articles regarding trial techniques and legal issues.

On June 16, 2015, Hawaii Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono recommended Louie, Jill Otake, and Clare E. Connors to the White House to fill the U.S. District Court vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway.[6] Although Louie is widely regarded as one of the greatest attorneys of his generation, the President nominated Clare E. Connors, who was 23 years junior to Louie at time of nomination on September 8, 2015.[7] Louie is a partner at Kobayashi Sugita & Goda. [8]


He is married to Johanna C. Chuan.[2]


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