Brook Hart

Brook Hart

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Honolulu, HI

Law Offices of Brook Hart, AAL, ALC
 | Melim Bldg., 333 Queen St., Suite 610
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-526-0811
Fax: 808-531-2677
Email: Brook Hart
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1968
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%)
Attorney Profile
In addition to providing a full range of defense services for accused persons and corporations in criminal proceedings (except DUI), from time to time I also represent individuals and corporations in civil and administrative matters.  Please visit my website for more information.

About Brook Hart

Admitted: 1968, Hawaii

Professional Webpage:


  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow, 1980
  • Reginald Heber Smith Award as the Outstanding Public Defender in the Nation, NLADA, 1971
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2009)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Inns of Court IV, Hawaii, Master of the Bench, 1982 to the Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Hawaii Supreme Court Permanent Committee on Revision of Rules of Criminal Procedure (1986--) (appointed by the Chief Justice, Supreme Court, State of Hawaii)
  • Member, Act 125 Session Laws of Hawaii, 2005 Committee to Conduct A Comprehensive Review of the Hawaii Penal Code (appointed by the Chief Justice, Supreme Court, State of Hawaii)
  • Member, Act 59 Session Laws of Hawaii 2004 Task Force to consider proposals to review Hawaii's Community Notification Law re convicted sex offenders (appointed by the Chief Justice, Supreme Court, State of Hawaii)
  • Member, Act 190 Session Laws of Hawaii 2003, Task Force on Criminal Charging Procedures (appointed by the Chief Justice, Supreme Court, State of Hawaii)
  • Member, Hawaii Supreme Court Judicial Council Committee on Penal Code Revision and Reform (1983-1985) (appointed by the Chief Justice, Supreme Court, State of Hawaii)
  • Coordinator, Committee on Implementation of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Plan for the District of Hawaii (1980)
  • Member, Merit Selection Committee for Federal Public Defender, District of Hawaii(1981-1983, 1995) (appointed by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker at high school, college, law school, bar association, and community public forums, on various legal topics (1970--)
  • Faculty, Annual Training Conferences, Hawaii State Public Defender, Hawaii Federal Defender (1972--)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law, “Hawai’i Innocence Project Seminar” (2005–-)
  • “The Hawaii Supreme Court’s Criminal Law Decisions 1997-1998: Fair Use of the Doctrine of Plain Error?” - Vol. II Hawaii Bar Journal 49 (1998).
  • Co-author (with Earle A. Partington, Esq., and Samuel P. King, Jr., Esq.), “Plain Nonsense: Misrepresentations and Omissions in Carlisle’s and Bennett’s Article, Plain Error?,” 2 Hawaii Bar Journal 32 (December 1998).
  • Co-author (with Anthony K. Bartholomew, Esq.), Foreword for Underwager and Wakefield, Accusations of Child Sexual Abuse, Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois (1988).
  • Co-author (with Lila B. LeDuc, Esq.), "Profiles in Privacy:  Airport Travelers, Drug Enforcement Agents and Detector Dogs," 3 Criminal Law Review 35, Clark Boardman & Co. (1981).
  • "Preliminary Hearings," Public Defender Sourcebook (Singer, Ed.), Chapter 5, PLI-ABA (1976).
  • "Report and Guidelines for the Defense of Eligible Persons," as a Commissioner of the National Study Commission on Defense Services, NLADA-LEAA (1975-1976).
  • Co-author (with James Blanchfield, Esq.), "Hawaii's New Public Defender Legislation:  A Study in Legislative Overkill," 8 Hawaii Bar Journal 53 (1971).
  • Guest commentator, Courtroom Television Network (Court-TV) Cal. v. Simpson; North Car v. Crotts (1995); Fla. v. McDuffie; Cal. v. Wilson (1999); Fla. v. Traxler (2002); Fla. v. Rapp; North Car v. Petersen (2003);Ohio v. Robinson (2006).
  • Panelist, Hawaii Public Television, "The Law And You--Criminal Law" (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005)
  • Guest lecturer, annual meeting of the National Organization for Revision of the Marijuana Laws (NORML) (1983)
  • Faculty, Annual Training Conferences, Alaska State Public Defender (1984, 1985)
  • Faculty, ABA-LEI, Inc., National CLE Conference, Vail, Colorado (2001).  Faculty, Lorman Legal Education Seminars, Honolulu, Hawaii (2002, 2003).
  • Faculty, Advanced Criminal Law Seminars, Aspen, Colorado (1981, 1985, 1992, 2000) (NACDL)
  • Faculty, Hawaii Institute of Continuing Legal Education (1988)
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1987)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" (Hawaii, criminal: white collar and non-white collar) (1983 to the Present)
  • Listed in Honolulu Magazine's "Hawaii's A+ Attorneys" 1993 to the Present (every edition containing this feature since 1993)
  • Featured in "Champion Profile," 16 The Champion 51, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) (July, 1992)
Office Location for Brook Hart

Melim Bldg.
333 Queen St., Suite 610
Honolulu, HI 96813

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Last Updated: 7/2/2018

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