Michael Bird joined Watanabe Ing LLP in 1992. Mr. Bird’s practice areas include commercial, construction, quiet title, and lender liability litigation, as well as government procurement on the county, state and federal levels, general contract law, construction law, land use, environmental law and surety law.
Mr. Bird’s recent litigation work involves defending financial institutions in lender liability cases (including successfully defending federal truth in lending act claims and wrongful and malicious foreclosure actions in federal and state courts) as well as prosecuting and defending numerous real estate quiet title actions. He has also represented clients in construction litigation matters, including breach of contract, defective work and mechanic’s lien litigation. Successful casework in these areas has resulted in several important decisions, including:
- Velasco v. Security Nat. Mort. Co., 823 F.Supp.2d 1061 (2011), aff’d Velasco v. Sec. Nat. Mortgage Co., 508 F.App’x 679 (9th Cir. 2013) (Wrongful Foreclosure & Lender Liability Issues)
- Young v. Bank of New York Mellon , 848 F.Supp.2d 1182 (2012) (Lender Liability Issues)
- Skyline Zipline Global, LLC v. Domeck, 922 F.Supp.2d 1130 (2013) (Patent Infringement Issues)
- 808 Development v. Murakami, 111 Hawaii 349, 141 P.3d 996 (2006) (Construction and Mechanic’s Lien Issues)
- Iwamoto v. Hironaga, 125 Hawaii 251, 258 P.3d 948 (2011) (SDO) (Lender Liability and Quiet Title Issues)
- Mount v. Apao, 134 Hawaii 306, 336 P.3d 1107 (Haw. Jan. 9, 2015) (SDO) (Wrongful Foreclosure and Quiet Title Issues)
- Southern Foods Group v. State of Hawaii, 89 Hawaii 443, 974 P.2d 1033 (1999) (Procurement & Responsive Bidding Issues)
- Kondaur Capital Corp. v. Matsuyoshi, 134 Hawaii 342, 341 P.3d 548 (2014) (Summary Judgment Issues)
He has negotiated and drafted contracts for major Hawai‘i construction projects on general contractor, subcontractor and government levels. He has the unique ability to be involved in construction projects from beginning to end, starting with contract drafting and concluding with close outs, occupancies, mechanic’s liens, and defect litigation.
Mr. Bird’s precision, efficiency, and profound legal expertise are found in all areas of his practice. He has experience at all levels of dispute resolution, including litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and appellate practice. His unique abilities have created the opportunity to expand his practice in several key crossover areas that utilize his particular areas of expertise, including construction, real estate, financial institutions and government contracting.
By exhibiting civility and hard work, Mr. Bird has earned a respected reputation among colleagues in the legal community, and has gained his clients’ well-earned confidence in his abilities as an attorney. Mr. Bird’s practice is driven by his principle that attorneys should be prepared and professional at all times.
Mr. Bird is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and serves as a Master with the James S. Burns Aloha Chapter of the American Inns of Court. In 2015 he coached one of Punahou School’s Mock Trial Teams.
- Commercial Litigation
- Construction Management and Professional Design Law Group
- Government Contracts and Procurement Group
- Land Use and Environmental Group
- Santa Clara University, J.D., 1992
- University of Hawaii, B.A. in Political Science, 1987