Matthew C. Shannon


Matthew C. Shannon


Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: (808) 523-9000
Fax: (808) 533-4184
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Matthew Shannon is a partner in the firm’s litigation department.  His areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, land use & real estate litigation, construction litigation, insurance defense, and legal malpractice defense.  He has represented clients in civil litigation disputes and other complex legal matters in state and federal court, administrative proceedings, mediation, and arbitration proceedings.

Construction Litigation

  • Represented architect in multiple lawsuits by owners of Honolulu condominium towers.
  • Represented military housing developer in design defect arbitration against architect. Resulted in finding of liability and large arbitration award against architect.
  • Represented designer of renewable energy power plant project in mechanics’ lien and subsequent foreclosure action.
  • Represented various contractors in administrative proceedings brought by state and federal agencies for safety violations, wage and hour claims, and other construction industry enforcement actions.
  • Represented multi-national architecture firm in design defect litigation regarding airport projects in the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Represented homeowner in lawsuit against contractors and design professional alleging construction defects, design defects, and cost overruns.
  • Represented developer of subdivision in construction defect arbitration brought by homeowner association.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented landowner in successful administrative appeal of Land Use Commission proceeding, as well as federal court regulatory takings claim filed against the State of Hawaii.
  • Represented lenders and creditors in mortgage foreclosures and bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented property owners and tenants in rent determination arbitrations regarding long-term ground leases.
  • Represented hi tech start-up business owner in lawsuit against former partner and investor.
  • Represented hospitality real estate company in lawsuit brought by Japanese investors.
  • Represented various landlords in commercial tenant disputes, including collection and eviction proceedings.
  • Represented majority owner of real estate holding company in derivative lawsuit against minority shareholder and manager.

Insurance Defense/Coverage Litigation

  • Represented various attorneys in defense of legal malpractice claims, including claims resolved through mediation, arbitration, and state court litigation.
  • Represented military housing developer in defense of wrongful death lawsuit brought in federal court by tenant’s family
  • Represented insurance companies in coverage dispute with State of Hawaii regarding business interruption claims arising out of 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Published Works

  • "From Zebra Mussels to Coqui Frogs: Public Nuisance Liability as a Method to Combat the Introduction of Invasive Species", UC Davis Environmental Law and Policy Journal, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Member
  • Past Board Member, U.S. Green Building Council, Hawaii Chapter
Areas of Practice
  • Construction Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Real Estate & Land Use Litigation
  • Insurance Defense/Coverage Litigation
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Arbitration/Mediation
Bar Admissions
  • Hawaii, 2008
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
  • University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
    J.D. - 2008
  • University of California, San Diego, B.A.