The insurance companies act like they are on your side, but they’re not. They are more concerned with their bottom line than the hardships you have suffered. The Honolulu personal injury lawyers of Turbin Chu Heidt are firmly on your side. We provide personalized attention during a difficult time in your life and we are committed to winning the highest compensation available for your case. We are known for results in big cases, but we do not turn anyone away because we know our experience can help.
A TRUSTED TEAM WORKING FOR YOU
Experienced And Aggressive Representation In Hawaii
Turbin Chu Heidt has served the Honolulu community and the island of Oahu for over 35 years. Our attorneys take pride in their diverse accomplishments and long record of successful legal advocacy.
Elected 2005 President of the Hawaii State Bar Association
Founder and President of the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii
Harvard Law School, Magna Cum Laude - Cornell Univ.
Rai Saint Chu
Elected 2009 President of the Hawaii State Bar Association
Former Deputy Public Defender and mental health lobbyist
Former attorney for the State House of Representatives
Broad experience in personal injury and medical malpractice
Outstanding results in trials, mediations and arbitrations
Lead attorney in winning a major national-level jury verdict
We Make The Slow-Pay, No-Pay Insurance Companies Pay Up
Our talented attorneys and staff have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements through negotiations, arbitrations and jury trials. From careless drivers and unsafe property to negligent or delayed medical services, we stand up to the wrongdoers and their insurers to get the highest possible compensation for injury claims.
Our practice is devoted to helping people who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones through the negligence of others. We handle all types of motor vehicle accidents and other personal injury cases. Several of our cases have set legal precedent or records for the size of the award, including a medical malpractice case in which we obtained the largest award anywhere in the United States that year.
Our founding attorney, Richard Turbin, has practiced law since 1975 and has been selected to Hawaii Super Lawyers every year from 2008 through 2015. He is well-known in the community for both his legal success and his time spent educating the Oahu public during a popular radio show, "Putting Law in Order," answering caller's legal questions.
Richard's wife and law partner, Rai Saint Chu, has practiced since 1972. Richard and Rai have both been candidates and served in public office in Hawaii and each has held the position of president of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
Attorney Janice Heidt has practiced since 1998 and joined the firm in 2009. She has obtained substantial recoveries for clients through trials, arbitrations and mediations.
Richard Turbin Esq.
Richard Turbin, an attorney in Honolulu for over 37 years, was born in New York City, graduated from Cornell University, Magna Cum Laude, and Harvard Law School where he served as Editor and Author of the Harvard Civil Rights Law Review. Recently Richard Turbin was chosen a Traphagen Distinguished Alumni of Harvard Law School.
Since entering private practice in 1975, Mr. Turbin has concentrated in personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance claim cases.
Legal Professional Involvement:
Richard Turbin was elected the 2005 President of the Hawaii State Bar Association. He was also elected to the prestigious position of Chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) of the American Bar Association from 1999-2000. With 40,000 members TTIPS is the largest organization of personal injury and insurance lawyers in the world. He also served as Chair of the International Committee of that organization.
He was elected to the Hawaii Academy of Plaintiffs Attorneys and was a founder and President of the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii.
Richard Turbin has lectured to Hawaii lawyers in Hawaii on topics such as trial practice, evidence, how to handle wrongful death cases and to national audiences at the American Bar Association Convention on personal injury and insurance topics as well as to various community groups. He was the moderator and speaker for a Presidential Showcase Program at the 1995 American Bar Association meeting held in New York City on the important topic of handling Breast Cancer and other Women Cancer Cases. He hosted a radio program on law and lawyers featured on KGU Radio called "Putting Law in Order with Richard Turbin." He has authored manuals and articles on such topics as "No-Fault Insurance Law in Hawaii," "Evidence Law in Hawaii," "How to Present an Opening Statement" and authored a chapter in the McGraw Hill textbook Emergency Room Medicine.
Community Involvement & Awards:
Mr. Turbin's commitment to Hawaii's community is demonstrated by the appointment by the Governor of Hawaii as the Vice Chair of the East West Center; as Chairman of the Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Board, a Civil Rights Commissioner, Chairman of the Professional Liability Insurance Committee of the Hawaii State Bar Association, President of the Bishop Street Exchange Club, and the legal counsel for the Hawaii Jaycees, the Interscholastic League of Hawaii, and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.
Richard Turbin was honored by the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section in being awarded the prestigious "Pursuit of Justice Award" in 2006 and Temple Emanuel's "Justice Award" in 2005 and Player of the Year for the Hawaii Harlequin Rugby Football Club, as well as the Girl Scout Council of Hawaii for support of their programs.
Mr. Turbin is an avid tennis player, skies, speaks French and Samoan, is married and is the father of two beautiful and successful children.
Areas Of Practice
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Serious & Catastrophic Injuries
U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1971
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1969
Law Review: Harvard Civil Rights Law Review, Editor and Author
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
A.B., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1966
The Legality of Anti-War Referendums (Casenote), Harvard Civil Rights- Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 2, June, 1969
Emergency Room Medicine, 1991
Beiser v. Kaiser Medical Center (First Circuit 1992)
Johnston v. Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kay v. Kaiser
Slingluff v. State of Hawaii
Hawaii - Pacific Tennis Association
Intramural League of Hawaii
Honors And Awards
Girl Scout - Business Supporter of the Year 1992
Professional Associations And Memberships
Kapiolani Community College, Instructor, Criminal Law, 1978 - 1980
Democratic Party, Hawaii, Legal Counsel, 1980 - 1981
Legal Aid Society, Director, 1974 - 1975
American Bar Association, Member, TIPS Council
Pro Bono Activities
Hawaii State Bar Association, City and County of Honolulu