Laura Moritz is a seasoned litigation attorney with experience in California and Hawai`i before both state and federal courts. Her significant experience in a variety of jurisdictions creates a valuable advantage when determining the best legal strategies, and offers a particular advantage for clients with business interests throughout the Pacific. Laura also handles sensitive matters for high-profile clients with low-profile concerns. This part of her practice involves advising individuals on real estate transactions, general financial management & estate planning, personal service contracts, and privacy.
Laura’s 20 years of litigation work includes real estate disputes, “business divorces” and environmental litigation. Laura is proud that most of her cases are resolved amicably in settlement, saving the client the stress and expense of litigation. However, sometimes they don’t, such as in Unite Here! Local 5 v. City and County of Honolulu (2010), where she prevailed at the Hawai`i Supreme Court and forced the Turtle Bay Resort to update its 25-year-old environmental study before proceeding with a proposed expansion. The decision helped pave the way for the 600+ acre Conservation Easement at and around the resort, which closed in late 2015.
Prior to AHFI, Laura was a senior litigation associate at Pinto & Dubia, LLP in Irvine, California. She earned her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and her bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley.
Laura resides on the North Shore of Oahu with her husband and young daughter. She serves on the board of directors of the Kokua Hawai`i Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawai`i. She likes to surf, spend time at the beach and in her garden.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Appellate Practice
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Corporate and Business
- Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy
- Environment, Cultural & Natural Resources
- Mortgage Banking Law
- Real Estate
- Real Estate and Title Litigation
- Land Use and Development
- Regularly defends lenders and escrow companies in Truth-in-Lending Act litigation and related issues at both the federal and state level.
- Represented community organizations seeking to update antiquated environmental impact statement after the developer postponed a proposed expansion at Turtle Bay Resort for more than twenty years. Unite Here! Local 5, et al. v. City and County of Honolulu, et al., 2010 WL 1408403 (2010).
- Successfully represented class action of private landowners in an inverse condemnation proceeding after the State of Hawai`i enacted legislation which converted private beachfront land to state land. Maunalua Bay Beach Ohana 28, et al. v. State of Hawai`i, 122 Hawai`i 34, 222 P.3d 441 (2009).
- Successfully defended the Newport Beach Country Club in contract dispute with group seeking to make “right of first offer” to purchase company’s shares. Founding Members of the Newport Beach Country Club v. Newport Beach Country Club, Inc., 109 Cal.App.4th 944, 135 Cal.Rptr.2d 505 (2003).
- California (inactive)
- U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
- American Bar Association
- Hawai`i State Bar Association
- California Bar Association
- Hawai`i Women Lawyers
- North Shore Community Land Trust
- Kokua Hawai`i Foundation, Board of Directors
- Hawai`i State Bar Association, MCLE Board of Directors
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D. 1996)
- University of California at Berkeley (B.A. 1991)
- Pinto & Dubia, LLP
- Senior Litigation Associate Attorney (1998-2003)
- Law Offices of Susan M. Trager
- Associate Attorney (1996-1998)