Pamela W. Bunn
Phone: (808) 524-1800
Fax: (808) 524-4591
There's a profound significance to environmental litigation in Hawai`i. Says Pamela Bunn, "Protecting the kuleana users' access to natural resources is almost more important than protecting the resource itself, because it's also protecting their livelihood."
Bunn's commercial litigation practice includes water rights, environmental and land use disputes. She has also represented clients in disputes involving commercial leases, title issues, trade secrets protection, employment discrimination, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Bunn is also experienced in appellate litigation, including administrative appeals, as well as mediation and arbitration.
- Successfully defended the Hawai`i chapter of a national environmental group against a developer who alleged that the Land Use Commission, in concert with the environmental group, had violated the developer's substantive and procedural due process rights
- On behalf of Hawai`i's Thousand Friends, was in the forefront of advancing the constitutional public trust doctrine in the context of water rights in the Waiahole litigation
- Successfully applied the public trust doctrine to conservation district resources in keeping a high-voltage electrical distribution line off of Wa`ahila Ridge on behalf of Malama O Manoa
- Represented a law firm in a complex legal malpractice action, a borrower in a lender liability suit and an association in a contested case hearing involving development rights.
Real Estate Disputes
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i
- Hawai`i State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Sierra Club, Hawai`i Chapter, former executive committee member
- Waimanalo Community Development Corporation, former director
- William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i (J.D. with Certificate in Environmental Law)
- Southampton College of Long Island University (B.S., Marine Biology)
- Paul Johnson Park & Niles, Partner