Brian K. Mackintosh

Brian K. Mackintosh

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Honolulu, HI

Law Office of Brian K. Mackintosh
 | 1003 Bishop Street, Pauahi Tower, Suite 1990
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-517-1388
Fax: 888-627-6507
Selected To Rising Stars: 2018 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Chinese-Mandarin
Attorney Profile

Brian K. Mackintosh is an attorney and the founder of the Law Office of Brian K. Mackintosh, Ltd., located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Mackintosh devotes his practice exclusively to personal injury law, with a particular emphasis on sexual abuse. Committed to fighting injustice, he serves clients in Honolulu and throughout the Hawaiian Islands who are victims of negligence or sexual abuse.

Mr. Mackintosh earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and Asian studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating cum laude. Following undergraduate school, he went on to receive a doctorate in philosophy from the Pennsylvania State University and graduated summa cum laude.

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law, Mr. Mackintosh became a licensed attorney in the state of Hawaii. He has been licensed since 2011 and has several years of experience.

Over the course of his time in practice, Mr. Mackintosh has handled a wide variety of matters. His cases have involved failure to warn, false advertising, government fraud, medical malpractice, negligence, pesticides, products liability, sexual abuse, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower protection and wrongful death. He has experience at the trial and appellate levels.

Mr. Mackintosh is committed to advocating for the rights of victims of personal injury and sexual abuse. He is dedicated to helping those who have been subjected to abuse from athletic organizations, churches, educational institutions and other powerful institutions. He offers free, confidential consultations and advocates zealously on behalf of his clients to help them obtain significant financial compensation.

About Brian Mackintosh

Admitted: 2011, Hawaii

Professional Webpage:


  • Cohen Fellowship for International Human Rights, Award to work with the United Nations Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2008
  • Legal Practice Award, Best Brief at the University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Award for best educator at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, UAH Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Best graduate student in Chinese Studies at the University of Hawaii, Confucius Institute Excellence in Chinese Studies Graduate Student Award, University of Hawaii
  • Eu Tong Sen Memorial Fellowship, Full Scholarship for Chinese Language Study at Yale-China Chinese Language Centre, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University
  • Magna Cum Laude, University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • I regularly represent injured workers pro-bono in Hawaii's worker's compensation system, 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Access to Justice for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Psychologist's Role in Litigating Childhood Sexual Abuse- The law requires a psychologist’s participation in litigating childhood sexual abuse. What role does a psychologist play and what efforts are underway at the legislature to expand that role?, Presenter, Access to Justice for Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Psychologist's Role in Litigating Childhood Sexual Abuse, Hawaii Psychology Association, 2017
  • "China and the Legal Legacy of Chief Justice Richardson: How Hawaiian Law Continues to Honor Its Ancestors" Abstract: China is currently trying to establish a rule of law with Chinese characteristics. In part, those characteristics are defined by a legacy of Confucianism. Confucianism believes that procedural equality can prevent substantive justice from being done. So, can the rule of law be developed with distinctly Chinese characteristics and still be a rule of law? I argue that the Hawaiian legal system faced a similar crisis and found a local solution. Through a series of decisions on property access, water rights, and family ties Chief Justice Richardson, himself of Chinese, Hawaiian, and Caucasian descent, fashioned a uniquely Hawaiian jurisprudence. His decisions reveal that the European understanding of procedural justice can be used for its efficiency and bureaucratic pragmatism without fully sacrificing the substantive justice that defines Hawaii culture. This local model within a universal method may help China understand how its law can be both a rule of law and have Chinese characteristics., 2012
  • Redress and the Salience of Economic Justice-This essay employs a multidisciplinary “human capability” approach to extend jurisprudential concepts in order to rethink a key aspect of reparatory justice., Co-Author, Redress and the Salience of Economic Justice, Forum on Public Policy (Journal of the Oxford Roundtable)
  • I regularly gave papers at national and international conferences about the nature and practice of human rights as a philosophy professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville., Assistant Professor of Philosophy


  • Watanabe, et al. v. Trustees of Kamehameha Schools, et al., Part of the team who settled a case against Kamehameha Schools for the sexual abuse of 32 Plaintiffs for $80 million dollars, 2018
  • LoPresti v. Haseko, received a judgment of $20 million for deceptive advertising by a developer, 2018
  • Ansagay v. Dow Agrosciences LLC, 153 F.Supp.3d 1270, 1274 (D. Haw. 2015), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) did not preempt state-law claims, expressly or implicitly; manufacturers were not immunized from liability under state law when there was federally approved warning label, 2015

Representative Clients:

  • I represent 32 adult men who were abused as children at a private boarding school in Hawaii, a woman who was systematically abused by her father for 14-years, and many victims of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of clergy. I also represent people who have been injured by contaminated pharmaceuticals, mislabeled supplements, and am the local counsel in Hawaii for the multi-district class-action litigation for claims against Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, 2014

Educational Background:

  • The Pennsylvania State University, PhD, Philosophy, Honors: summa cum laude, 2000
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., Philosophy, Asian Studies, Honors: cum laude, 1993
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Office Location for Brian K. Mackintosh

1003 Bishop Street
Pauahi Tower, Suite 1990
Honolulu, HI 96813

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Last Updated: 5/14/2019

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