Sherry P. Broder, has earned a reputation as a leader in serious Hawaii personal injury (torts), employment litigation, human rights, Native Hawaiian rights, medical malpractice, defective products, securities litigation, class actions, and other complex civil litigation.
B.A., Wellesley College, 1970 (Wellesley Scholar); J.D., Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, 1975 (Order of the Coif, top 10%).
Hawaii State Bar - admitted 1976; California State Bar - admitted 1976; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Claims; U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: District of Hawaii, Northern District of California, & Central District of California.
Honors & Awards (National):
The Cox Price Human Rights Award, The Ved Nanda Center for International Law, The University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (2007); "Best Lawyers In America" selected by Woodward & White (1996-Present); Prestigious "AV" (highest) rating of Preeminent Attorneys (the highest rating for legal ability and professional standards) selected by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory based upon the judgment of judges and attorneys within the state of Hawaii; Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, given by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Washington, D.C. (1994, 1996, and 1997); Sole Practitioner of the Year Award, given by the American Bar Association General Practice Section (1993); Conservation Service Citation for legal work on behalf of Hawaii's consumers for heptachlor in milk supply given by the National Wildlife Federation (1985).
Honors & Awards (Hawaii):
2010 Hawaii Super Lawyers, Honoree for Justice Award, Temple Emanu-el, Honolulu (2005); "Best Lawyers in Hawaii" featured and selected by Honolulu Magazine (1997-Present); "10 Who Made a Difference" selected by Honolulu Star Bulletin (1995); First Woman President of Hawaii State Bar Association (1993); Outstanding Woman Lawyer Award selected by Hawaii Women Lawyers (1986); Outstanding Attorney Award selected by Child & Family Services for legal work on behalf of abused and neglected minors (1983).
In re Ferdinand E. Marcos Human Rights Litigation, 25 F.3d 1467 (9th Cir. 1994); 103 F.3d 767 (9th Cir. 1996); Trajano v. Marcos, 978 F.2d 493 (9th Cir. 1992)), cert. denied, 508 U.S. 972 (1993); Hilao v. Marcos, 25 F.3d 1467 (9th Cir. 1994), cert. denied, 513 U.S. 1126 (1995), and 103 F.3d 762 (9th Cir. 1996); Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner and Smith, Inc. v. ENC Corp., 464 F.3d 885 and 467 F.3d 1205 (9th Cir. 2006); Co-counsel in human rights class action civil suit against Ferdinand Marcos and later his estate on behalf of the victims of torture, murder, disappearances during the martial law period in the Philippines. This litigation, which began in 1986 and is still continuing, has required several appeals. In September 1992, a Honolulu jury found Ferdinand Marcos to be liable to the 10,000 victims of human rights abuses, in February 1994, this jury awarded the victims $1,200,000,000 in exemplary damages, and in January 1995, the jury awarded the class members $766,000,000 in compensatory damages. Class Counsel in a consumer class-action civil suit against milk, pineapple, and pesticide companies in 1982-84 for the contamination of Hawaii's milk supply with heptachlor, leading to a $4,000,000 settlement to fund scientific studies on the effect of heptachlor on children. Successfully defended the mission and expenditures of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs against 14th Amendment constitutional challenge.
Hawaii State Bar Association (President, 1993; Vice President, 1992; Treasurer, 1990-1991; Director, 1989-1990; Chair, Judicial Administration, 1982; Chair, Legislative Committee, 1981); Hawaii Justice Foundation (IOLTA) (Secretary, 1994, and Board Member, 1990-1996); Hawaii Lawyers Care (Board Member, 1989-1992, and Chair, Grievance Committee, 1989-1990); Hawaii Federal Judicial Conference (Delegate, 1988-1991 & 1994-1997, and Chair, 1998); Hawaii State Judicial Conference (Delegate, 1998-1993, and Co-chair, 1998); Ninth Circut Judicial Conference (Attorney Delegate, 1994-1998, Appointed by Chief Judge Alan Kay); Hawaii State Judicial Conference (Delegate 1988-1993; Co-Chair 1993); Hawaii Women Lawyers (Founding Member and Member To Present; President, 1982; Treasurer, 1981); American Bar Association (Member); Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (Member); Office of Disciplinary Counsel (Hearings officer, 1989 to present, Appointed by Disciplinary Board); Federal District Court Discipline Committee (Hearings Officer, District of Hawaii, 1996, Appointed by Chief Judge Alan Kay); Hawaii Trial Lawyers (Vice President, 1989-1992; Founding Member & Member To Present); The Hawaii Women Lawyers Foundation (Founding Member & Member To Present; President, 1984; Vice President, 1985; Secretary, 1986; Grant Distribution Committee, 1984 to present); Committee on Gender & Other Fairness, Hawaii Supreme Court (Member, 1992-1994); Native Hawaiian Bar Association (Associate Member, 1992-present); Native American and Constitution Scholars Working Group, 106th Congress, Appointed by Senators Daniel Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye; Mid-Pacific Institute Board of Counselors (1997-2000); Friends of Moku'ula, Inc. (Attorney, 1998-2000).
Hawaii Star Bar Assn Awards Committee (Chair 2010, Chair 2005-2007)Hawaii Judiciary History Center (Board Member, 2000-2006); Hawaii Public Television (Board Member, 1989-1995, and Chair of Finance Committee, 1993); Wellesley Club of Hawaii (Treasurer, 1982-1985); Amnesty International, Hawaii Chapter (Chairperson of Subcommittee on Women Political Prisoners, 1978-1980); Waimanalo Neighborhood Board (Elected Board Member Chair, 1978-1981, and Planning & Zoning Committee).
Born, Bangor, Maine.