The Hawai`i Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection was established by the Supreme Court in 1981 as a last resort for clients who have lost money, property or other items of value as a result of dishonest conduct by their attorney.
The Fund is financed through an annual fee paid by Hawai`i attorneys who handle client funds and is administered - in accordance with Rule 10 of the Hawai`i Rules of Supreme Court - by five trustees appointed on a voluntary basis by the Supreme Court. None of the money reimbursed (which covers losses up to $100,000 per claimant or $300,000 per attorney) comes from money paid to attorneys by their clients or from tax dollars. All claims are settled by the trustees with investigative and administrative assistance from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC), an agency of the Supreme Court of Hawai`i.
Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection
201 Merchant Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone (808) 599-2483