Margery Bronster

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Margery S. Bronster (born December 12, 1957)[1] is a lawyer who served as Attorney General of Hawaii from 1995 to 1999.


Bronster graduated from Brown University, where she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and then Columbia University Law School in 1982.[2] She went into private practice for Shearman & Sterling in New York City in litigation. She moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988 and joined the firm Carlsmith Ball Wichman Murray Case & Ichiki. That law firm is now known as Carlsmith Ball, LLP.

In 1995 she was appointed as the first woman to hold the office of Attorney General of Hawaii for a full term. During her tenure in the Democratic administration of Governor of Hawaii Benjamin J. Cayetano, she won the state a multibillion-dollar Master Settlement Agreement from tobacco companies. In 1997 she led an investigation into abuses by the Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate trustees. She was reappointed to a second term by Cayetano but her investigation of Bishop Estate trustees caused her to fall out of favor with the Hawaii State Legislature, resulting in her failed confirmation to a second term by the senate in 1999.[3]:256–257 She was replaced as Attorney General by Earl I. Anzai, who was formerly budget director.

Bronster then became a name partner in the Honolulu-based Bronster Crabtree & Hoshibata, later Bronster Hoshibata.[4]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Rising Stars: Part 1". Alumni report on web site. Columbia University Law School. Fall 2002. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Samuel Pailthorpe King and Randall W. Roth (March 2006). Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement, and Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-3014-4. 
  4. ^ "Attorneys: Margery S. Bronster". web site. Bronster Hoshibata. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Robert A. Marks
Attorney General of Hawaii
Succeeded by
Earl I. Anzai