Since 1979 when the first lawsuits were filed in Hawaii for asbestos injuries (asbestosis, cancer and mesothelioma) against the manufacturers of asbestos containing products, Mr. Hisaka has represented over 35 defendants during the past 36 years. Starting with Philip Carey Corporation and Carey Canadian Mines, he was later hired to represent the group of defendants (20+) known as the Wellington Group. At that time, he was trying asbestos cases primarily in federal district court in Hawaii. When the Wellington Group disbanded, he continued in the asbestos litigation by representing many of the former members until the Center for Claims Resolution ("CCR") was formed in the 1990s.
The CCR was also made up of more than 20 members who manufactured, mined or distributed asbestos containing products. Mr. Hisaka worked with the CCR until it disbanded. He has continued to represent former members and new clients in asbestos cases filed in Hawaii and Guam in both state and federal courts. Among his current and formel clients are:
Not only do people need an attorney when they are injured but they also need an attorney when someone else sues them. Often, your own insurance company will provide a defense including an attorney to represent you. However, there are occasions when you don't have an insurance company providing a defense and an attorney.
If you are a victim of an accident that was no fault of your own and you have suffered injuries, lost wages and medical bills, you could be entitled to compensation. People who are injured in an accident such an automobile accident, slip and fall, or due to product defect need an experienced attorney to help in making a claim. Many people are forced to go to trial to recover fair and reasonable amounts for their injuries and damages. Mr.Hisaka has almost 40 years of experience in court and in trial.
Initial consultation is free. For clients injured and making a personal injury claim, there is no fee unless there is a monetary recovery for the client (contingency fee). Contingency fee is usually a percentage of the amount recovered. The percentage depends upon the nature of the case and the injuries but generally is 1/3 or 33 1/3% of the amount recovered.
For clients seeking legal representation for other matters, fee is usually based on an hourly charge. All costs such as filing fees and expert witness fees, are in addition to the attorneys' fees whether by contingency or by the hour.