Anderson Meyer is a commercial litigator whose knowledge of the law helps clients avoid disputes, and resolve disputes if they arise.
He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, construction litigation, personal injury – defense, insurance defense, healthcare, medical malpractice defense, legal malpractice, constitutional and civil rights litigation, and appellate practice. He advises and represents hospitals, medical centers, health insurers, and healthcare systems statewide on medical staff issues, including credentialing, fair process hearings, medical staff bylaws, peer review practices, root cause analyses, and insurance-coverage disputes. He has represented multiple Hawai`i-licensed healthcare professionals in investigations and proceedings before the State of Hawai`i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA), and represents healthcare and healthcare insurer clients in both administrative matters and in litigation.
Anderson has lectured on appellate advocacy at the William S. Richardson School of Law, his alma mater, since 2009. He has also worked with the University of Hawai`i Elder Law Program (UHELP), educating Hawaii’s kupuna with respect to end of life decision making, and he serves on the panel of court-appointed arbitrators for the Hawai`i Court Annexed Arbitration Program.
Selected by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” since 2013, Anderson has appeared before all courts in the State of Hawai`i, and has argued successfully before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Raised in Honolulu, Anderson received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington, and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa before attending the William S. Richardson School of Law, from which he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining AHFI, he was a partner at Robbins Meyer Rufo, a civil litigation and trial practice firm in Honolulu.
Awards and Recognition
- Super Lawyers
- Appellate Practice
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Constitutional and Civil Rights
- Corporate and Business
- Hazardous Waste, Air, and Water Pollution
- Insurance Coverage
- Litigation and Regulatory Compliance
- Medical Malpractice
- Professional Liability
- Products Liability
- State Licensing Disputes
- Hospital Credentialing/Privileging
- Premises Liability
- Hotelkeeper Liability
- Beach and Ocean Injury
- Personal Injury Defense
- Advised and represented hospitals, medical centers and healthcare systems statewide on medical staff issues, including credentialing, fair process hearings, medical staff bylaws, peer review practices, and root cause analyses.
- Represented multiple Hawai’i-licensed healthcare professionals in investigations and proceedings before the State of Hawai’i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA); successful in every case in negotiating favorable settlements or the cessation of investigative activities.
- Woodruff et al v. Hawaii Pacific Health, et al. No. 29447, memo op. (Haw. App. Jan. 14, 2014). This case involved allegations of monopoly/antitrust, deceptive trade practices, breach of employment agreements, defamation, and tortious interference with contractual relations. Obtained summary judgment as to all claims against our clients. The Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed, and awarded our client additional costs for the appeal.
- U.S. ex rel Woodruff v. Hawaii Pacific Health. 560 F.Supp.2d 988(D.Hawai’i 2008), aff’d 2010 WL 5072191 (9th Cir. Dec. 13, 2010). This was a qui tam action that alleged that claims for payment submitted to Hawai’i Medicaid were fraudulent because they implied that procedures were performed or supervised by physicians when, in fact, they were performed by nurse practitioners. Obtained summary judgment in favor of the defendant, which was upheld by the Ninth Circuit.
- U.S. ex rel. Lockyer v. Hawaii Pacific Health. 490 F.Supp.2d 1062 (D.Hawai’i 2007), aff’d 2009 WL 2700321 (9th Cir. 2009) This was a qui tam action that alleged fraudulent billing for chemotherapy under Medicare’s “incident to” rules. Obtained summary judgment in favor of the defendant, which was upheld by the Ninth Circuit.
- Represented healthcare clients in multiple Medical Inquiry and Conciliation Panel (MICP) matters; successful in achieving dismissal of claims at this administrative stage before litigation was filed.
- Ray v. Kapiolani Medical Specialists. No. 29988, 2011 WL 2938165, —P3—(Hawai’i July 21, 2011) recon. denied. No. 29988 2011 WL 3634212 (Hawai’i Aug. 10, 2011). On appeal to the Hawai’i Supreme Court of multiple errors of the judge during trial which prejudiced the defense, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed that the evidentiary errors required remand for a new trial.
- Bolla v. McClain, et al. No. 11-15064, memo op. (9th Cir. Feb. 24, 2012). This case alleged violation of Title IX, § 1983, and Hawaii’s Whistle Blower Protection Act, brought by the former women’s basketball coach at the University of Hawai’i. After narrowing the claims against the UH and multiple individually named defendants through a motion to dismiss some claims, and a stipulation to dismiss others, we obtained summary judgment in favor of all Defendants. Plaintiff appealed the judgment with respect to the Title IX retaliation claim against the UH; the Ninth Circuit affirmed.
- HRPT Properties Trust, et al. v. Lingle, et al. 2011 WL 775905.—F.Supp.2d—(D. Hawai’i Feb. 28, 2011). After plaintiffs obtained judgment, we were asked to represent the intervenor defendant against plaintiffs’ post-judgment motions to recover attorneys’ fees and costs, and were successful in doing so.
- Boyd v. University of Hawai’i, et al. No. 30547, memo op. (Haw. App. Feb. 13, 2012). This case alleged violations of the State Constitution as well as of the State Whistleblowers’ Protection Act in addition to claiming both negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress and gross negligence. We were successful in having the case dismissed on the pleadings. The Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed, and awarded our client additional costs.
- Thomas v. Sterns, No. 30467, memo op. (Haw.App. Mar. 27, 2013). This case alleged legal malpractice and breach of contract. We were successful in having the case dismissed on the pleadings, and the dismissal was upheld by the Intermediate Court of Appeals.
- Ka Loko Dam Litigation (2009). Represented the defendant State of Hawai’i in eight civil cases stemming from the breach of the Ka Loko reservoir dam on the north shore of Kauai in 2006. Successful in disposing of virtually all of the claims via dispositive motions before the remaining claims were settled for a low sum following mediation over the course of several months.
- Represented a co-trustee of a large, Hawai’i-based private trust, in his individual capacity. Allegations included fraud, misuse of trust corpus and undue influence over the settlor. Following successful discovery and several days of trial, many of the claims were dismissed by the plaintiff, and a favorable settlement was reached.
- U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Hawaii State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- American Philosophical Association
- Arbitrator, Hawai’i Court Annexed Court Arbitration Program
- St. Francis International Center for Healthcare Ethics
- Super Lawyers (2013-present)
- Rising Star – Civil Litigation Defense (2013-2014)
- Contributing Author, Hawai’i Appellate Practice Manual, Hawaii State Bar Association (2012)
- ” ’tis a Consummation Devoutly to Be Wished: Towards Consistency in End-of-Life Treatment Decisions for Comatose Adults and Imperiled Newborns,” 10 Mich. St. U.J. Med. & L. 321 (Spring 2006)
- “Physician Assisted Suicide: The Historical Legal Debate, the Doctrine of Double Effect, and the Advancement of Palliative Care,” I Public Health Law and Policy Journal 92 (2004)
- University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law (J.D. summa cum laude)
• Law clerk, University of Hawai’i Elder Law Program
• Editor-in-Chief, Public Health Law & Policy Journal
• CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Constitutional Law I and Disability Law
- University of Hawai’i at Manoa (M.A. in Philosophy)
- University of Washington (B.A. in Philosophy and Comparative Religion, minor in Latin and Ancient Greek)
- Robbins Meyer Rufo
- Director and Shareholder (2011-2012)
- Associate (2006-2011)
- Law clerk (2004-2006)