Paul Alston

  • Lecturer in Law


  • JD University of Southern California Law Center 1971


Recent Representative Cases

Successfully represented a franchisee in an arbitration over termination of an Asia-wide franchise. Won a ruling that the franchisor acted in bad faith and vindicated the franchisee’s development rights. (2011)

Won rulings holding the State of Hawai`i liable for over $70 million in back wages and interest to underpaid employees. (2011)

Successfully defended the state’s largest electric utility company against a $40 million breach of contract/misrepresentation claim involving a large biofuels project on Maui (2010-11).

Won a defense verdict in a month-long federal securities fraud trial against investors seeking damages in excess of $500 million from one of the largest landowners in Hawai`i (2009).

Won a defense decision after a trial involving million-dollar-plus damages resulting from alleged fraudulent transfers (2009).

Defended a Kauai landowner against efforts by the County of Kauai to claim rights to a roadway across his beachfront property, which was worth over $25 million (2008).

In the course of two years, obtained settlements and judgments worth over $50 million to clients (2009-2010).

Won three appeals in the Hawai`i Supreme Court involving claims of (1) takings without compensation by the State of Hawai`i involving land worth over $60 million, (2) breach of contract claims involving over 15,000 teachers, and (3) denial of retirement benefits involving over 30,000 retirees. In each case, he successfully defended a favorable decision rendered by the trial court (2009-2010).