Your Local Hawaii Personal Injury And Medical Malpractice Firm

Attorney Richard Turbin

 Richard Turbin, Esq.



Practice Areas

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Serious & Catastrophic Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking Accidents


Richard Turbin, an attorney in Honolulu for over 37 years, was born in New York City, graduated from Cornell University, Magna Cum Laude, and Harvard Law School where he served as Editor and Author of the Harvard Civil Rights Law Review. Recently Richard Turbin was chosen a Traphagen Distinguished Alumni of Harvard Law School.

Since entering private practice in 1975, Mr. Turbin has concentrated in personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance claim cases.

Legal Professional Involvement:
Richard Turbin was elected the 2005 President of the Hawaii State Bar Association. He was also elected to the prestigious position of Chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) of the American Bar Association from 1999-2000. With 40,000 members TTIPS is the largest organization of personal injury and insurance lawyers in the world. He also served as Chair of the International Committee of that organization.

He was elected to the Hawaii Academy of Plaintiffs Attorneys and was a founder and President of the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii.

Richard Turbin has lectured to Hawaii lawyers in Hawaii on topics such as trial practice, evidence, how to handle wrongful death cases and to national audiences at the American Bar Association Convention on personal injury and insurance topics as well as to various community groups. He was the moderator and speaker for a Presidential Showcase Program at the 1995 American Bar Association meeting held in New York City on the important topic of handling Breast Cancer and other Women Cancer Cases. He hosted a radio program on law and lawyers featured on KGU Radio called "Putting Law in Order with Richard Turbin." He has authored manuals and articles on such topics as "No-Fault Insurance Law in Hawaii," "Evidence Law in Hawaii," "How to Present an Opening Statement" and authored a chapter in the McGraw Hill textbook Emergency Room Medicine.

Community Involvement & Awards:
Mr. Turbin's commitment to Hawaii's community is demonstrated by the appointment by the Governor of Hawaii as the Vice Chair of the East West Center; as Chairman of the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board, a Civil Rights Commissioner, Chairman of the Professional Liability Insurance Committee of the Hawaii State Bar Association, President of the Bishop Street Exchange Club, and the legal counsel for the Hawaii Jaycees, the Interscholastic League of Hawaii, and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.

Richard Turbin was honored by the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section in being awarded the prestigious "Pursuit of Justice Award" in 2006 and Temple Emanuel's "Justice Award" in 2005 and Player of the Year for the Hawaii Harlequin Rugby Football Club, as well as the Girl Scout Council of Hawaii for support of their programs.

Mr. Turbin is an avid tennis player, skies, speaks French and Samoan, is married and is the father of two beautiful and successful children.


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1969
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • A.B., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1966
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1971
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1971

Professional Associations

  • Kapiolani Community College, Instructor, Criminal Law, 00/1978 to 00/1980
  • Democratic Party, Hawaii, Legal Counsel, 00/1980 to 00/1981
  • Legal Aid Society, Director, 00/1974 to 00/1975
  • American Bar Association, Member, TIPS Council

Published Works

  • The Legality of Anti-War Referendums (Casenote), Harvard Civil Rights- Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 2, June, 1969
  • Emergency Room Medicine, 1991

Representative Cases

  • Beiser v. Kaiser Medical Center, 1992, First Circuit
  • Johnston v. Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Kay v. Kaiser
  • Slingluff v. State of Hawaii
  • Liki v.
  • Kanahele v.


  • Girl Scout - Business Supporter of the Year 1992

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Hawaii State Bar Association, City and County of Honolulu

Representative Clients

  • Hawaii - Pacific Tennis Association
  • Intramural League of Hawaii


  • French
  • Samoan