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One quality that gives our team the reputation of being Hawaiis trusted injury firm is how much we care about protecting the best interests of our clients. We are truly passionate about helping people, and believe in doing whatever we possibly can to help them effectively get through this difficult time.

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Why Do Cases Go To Trial?

Why do insurance companies force cases of obvious liability and obvious injuries to go to trial?

The short answer is: Insurance companies are driven by profit. Insurance companies believe that if they can force an injured person and his or her lawyer to go through trial, a jury may let the insurance company off cheaply. The insurance companies do this by hiring smart and talented lawyers who have perfected their craft so that they seem on the surface to just be “reasonable” people who are just doing their job and trying to be “reasonable.”

However, the truth is that the insurance company usually has a different agenda. Insurance companies routinely insist that their lawyers deny responsibility for the defendant causing the crash until just before trial begins. The insurance companies ask their lawyers to hire certain doctors who have a well-known propensity to minimize injuries, and whose opinions usually coincide with the opinion of the insurance adjustor. Frequently, these doctors only work for insurance companies and give opinions or write reports that say that the injured person is not injured or that the person somehow made a miraculous recovery.

Then, insurance companies and their lawyers put the injured person on trial. Trials often become attacks on a seriously injured person, who has never made a claim of any kind, suggesting that the injured person is exaggerating and just trying to make money off their injury. Frequently, the insurance companies, through their lawyers, suggest that the injured person’s lawyer is the one who is motivating the exaggeration.

Of course, the truth is the exact opposite. In most cases, the only reason that the injured person files a lawsuit is because the insurance company refuses to admit that the defendant caused the collision or incident. Then, the insurance company makes their lawyer suggest to the jury that the injured person is a fake or a fraud because the injured person filed a lawsuit and asks a jury to hold the defendant responsible.

So, how does Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner combat these tactics? We only represent people when we are sure that they have been genuinely hurt by someone else’s negligence or rule breaking. We then go to trial to force the insurance companies to take responsibility. We then present evidence and experts to allow the jury to see through the smoke screen of lies and deception created by the insurance companies and their lawyers.

Respected Throughout the Islands for Our Results & Integrity

At Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner, you will find a team of personal injury lawyers in Hawaii whose passion for helping people is second to none. Since 1971, our professionals have been committed to providing supportive counsel and strong representation for the wrongfully injured, throughout all of the islands. Over the years, we have handled thousands of injury cases, and have successfully recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We believe in working closely with our clients, ensuring the individuals we work with remain in constant contact with us and receive helpful answers to any inquiries they may have.

Our promise to you: We will bring our knowledge, experience, and compassion to your case, always giving honest appraisal of your situation and treating you with dignity and respect.

We do everything we can with the convenience of our clients in mind, which is why we do not charge our clients a cent unless we win or settle their case. While we are located in the Pacific Guardian Center Complex of downtown Honolulu, we serve all the islands and are willing to meet our clients at our office, their office, home, or even the hospital. No matter how complex the situation may seem, you can rely on our team to help you and your family cope with the aftermath of the incident, and handle the legal side of matters while you focus on moving forward.

For professional service from someone who knows Hawaii as well as you do, look no further than our devoted legal team.

Embracing the Spirit of Ohana Through Community Giving in Hawaii

Our law firm has been serving the families of Hawaii and the Neighbor Islands for many years. As islanders, we understand the importance of Ohana and we strive to embody that Hawaiian concept through our legal advocacy for those who have been injured as well as through our law firm's community service and volunteerism. Our attorneys and staff work to provide outstanding service to every client we serve. But we know that our involvement cannot stop at the law office door.

Our Professionals Are Here to Listen

If you have sustained an injury and want to know if you are eligible to pursue legal action, it is important to obtain help right away. Call our firm at (808) 725-3016 or fill out the quick form below.

Meet Your Trusted Hawaiian Injury Team

James Leavitt

Founding Attorney

More than 30 years ago, James T. Leavitt founded the firm that today is known as Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner. His goal has always been to provide the people of Hawaii with skilled, caring and professional legal representation. He has accomplished...

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John D. Yamane

Personal Injury Attorney

John D. Yamane was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He grew up on a pineapple plantation on Lanai, attending Lanai High and Elementary School while his father worked for the Dole Pineapple...

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Woody Soldner

Injury Attorney

Since 1985, Woody Soldner has been committed to obtaining maximum compensation for Hawaii’s injured. As a personal injury attorney in Honolulu, Woody has continuously been named to the annual listing of Hawaii’s Best Lawyers.

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Mike Cruise

Accident Attorney

Mike Cruise has always focused his law practice on representing people – the individuals, families and small businesses in his community. From his first law job as a legal services attorney representing women and children victimized by domestic abuse, through running...

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Aaron Creps


Aaron Creps is widely considered one of the top young trial attorneys in Hawaii. He is a passionate advocate for persons injured or killed by the misconduct of others, and always conducts himself with integrity and fairness- the same qualities that Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner have built...

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Working with the Right Lawyer
Makes All the Difference

During our 40+ years of service, we have become recognized for our ability to help clients recover the compensation they deserve, all the while providing reliable and attentive counsel from start to finish.

  • Convenient

    We proudly serve every island in Hawaii to ensure our counsel is easily accessible for clients.

  • Genuine

    We truly care about bettering the lives of our clients, always putting their best interests first.

  • Knowledgeable

    With thousands of cases under our belts, we are well-versed in all aspects of injury law.

  • Praised

    Over the years, our team has received numerous raving reviews from our valued clients.

  • Seasoned

    Since 1971, we have been providing strong legal representation on behalf of the injured.

  • Successful

    Our firm has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.

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22 Dec, 2015

KITV Adopt a Family| Leavitt Yamane & Soldner

Leavitt Yamane & Soldner Gives Back Partnering with KITV & Adopt a Family The holiday season is a joyous time, but sadly, it can also be a stressful time for many families who are struggling financially. We at Leavitt Yamane & Soldner teamed up with KITV and Helping Hands Hawaii in order to bring some joy to families in need of the most basic necessities. Helping Hands Hawaii is a non-profit organization that helps people “help themselves” by providing them with the material resources and connections they need to meet their full potential. The organization’s Adopt-a-Family program fulfills the wish list of families in Oahu, which may include items such as: Clothing Food Household items Toys Helping Hands Hawaii stopped by our office to collect the many items ...

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28 Oct, 2015

Keiki Halloween Safety: Nothing Scary about It

Halloween is a festive time in Hawaii. It's a celebration that allows children to use their imaginations, exercise their creativity and express themselves with their costumes. Many groups have costume contests and parades. The Star Advertiser's Halloween Fun Guide shows a long list of Halloween activities throughout the Islands. Halloween is also a time for parents to be vigilant about the safety of their children to reduce the risk of an injury on this festive night. In Hawaii, night falls earlier in late October, meaning that trick-or-treaters are likely to be going door to door in darkness. This poses safety concerns over the significantly reduced visibility of pedestrians. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of pedestrian accident fatalities in the United States. Halloween is a ...

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