Melvyn M. Miyagi joined Watanabe Ing, LLP in 2008 as a partner to head the firm’s commercial litigation group. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Miyagi was a partner at Miyagi Myhre & Tsuchida. Mr. Miyagi has tried thirty five civil cases to a jury verdict. Throughout his career Mr. Miyagi has successfully handled a wide range of complex commercial litigation in Hawai‘i. These cases include a minority shareholder lawsuit against the control group of a financial institution, a luxury planned unit development homeowners association claim against a developer and the bonding company for breach of a development agreement and the construction bond, four related class actions against the developer of one of the largest developments in Hawai‘i, a petition to remove and suit for damages against the trustees of the largest private trust in Hawai‘i, and a class action and suit for damages arising out of the contamination of the milk supply in Hawai‘i. In addition, he has tried and resolved numerous cases involving wrongful death, brain damage, toxic tort, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation, civil rights violations and defamation.
As a trial attorney, Mr. Miyagi is a consummate communicator. His skill in reading and understanding his audience be it a jury or a judge complements his practiced ability to distill complex legal and scientific concepts in an understandable and persuasive manner. Unimpeachable credibility is essential to Mr. Miyagi’s success in the courtroom. He thrives on the high intensity environment of the courtroom. . Mr. Miyagi has been driven throughout his career by a passion for trial work, even as he worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawai‘i and as a law clerk for Circuit Court Judge Hiroshi Kato early in his career.
Mr. Miyagi is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served as a faculty member for continuing legal education seminars presented by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the ABOTA Masters in Trial Program, Hawai‘i State Judiciary and Hawai‘i State Bar Association relating to trial and tort litigation matters. He also has served as a faculty member for trial practice seminars for public interest attorneys at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Additionally, he is an arbitrator for Court Annexed Arbitration Program, State of Hawai‘i and co-author of Hawai‘i Motor Vehicle Collision Manual, Defense Theories of Liability, Hawai‘i State Bar Association, 2 Edition, 1999.
Mr. Miyagi is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all of the state and federal courts of the state of Hawai‘i, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1975
- University of Hawaii, B.A. in Political Science, 1971