Richard Turbin has always fought for the underdog, and he has the scars on his body to prove it.
Even before founding our firm, Turbin Chu Heidt, more than 40 years ago, Mr. Turbin has dedicated his career to helping people who often have serious problems and nobody to help them. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he first came to the South Pacific as a Peace Corps attorney. In 1971, he moved to Honolulu to work for the Office of the Public Defender, where he met his wife and future legal partner, Rai Saint Chu.
Mr. Turbin quickly became part of the community. He joined the Hawai’i Harlequins Rugby Football Club, which he considers his “first family” here in Hawai’i. He and Ms. Chu founded our firm, which over the decades has helped thousands of people who were injured due to a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice and other forms of negligence get fair compensation.
Helping Wai‘alae-Kāhala tackle its problems for 40 years
When office hours end, Mr. Turbin’s work to make the community better continues. As a member of the Wai‘alae-Kāhala Neighborhood Board No. 3 since 1980 and chairman of the board for 20 years, Mr. Turbin has helped fight for solutions to neighborhood issues such as crime, liquor stores and real estate development. Among his proudest achievements is the neighborhood boards’ successful fight against notorious real estate kingpin Genshiro Kawamoto’s plan to drive down real estate prices and evict tenants on Kāhala Avenue. On his watch, the board has also gotten protective fencing for Kāhala Elementary School and forced The Kāhala Hotel & Resort to halt its plan to increase public easements on neighboring properties.
Serving ordinary people with complex legal problems
Through it all, Mr. Turbin has dedicated himself to the values he fought for when he took on bullies in the schoolyard as a child. Our law firm will use the law to give the underdog a fair chance for years to come.