Perspectives: Louise Ing
Hawai`i courts make clear that out-of-state counsel representing clients pro hac vice in Hawai`i must associate with one or more Hawai`i attorneys, and that Hawai`i counsel are expected to participate meaningfully in all aspects of the case (including serving as lead trial counsel, if the case reaches that stage). In theory, teaming up an out of town attorney who specializes in a particular legal area or client with a Hawai`i attorney who is well-versed in bringing or defending that type of litigation here in Hawai`i should deliver top results that enhance what either lawyer or firm could accomplish on her own.
As recognized by most attorneys who have been in these relationships, however, it’s not always smooth sailing. What are the features of the pro hac vice/local counsel relationship that best reflect a true strategic alliance between counsel? And how do you get there?
Louise Ing estimates that she has served as local counsel on scores of matters over 35 years of practice in Hawai`i, from patent infringement to breach of contract and everything in between. Ing views these matters as more than ordinary cases; they are opportunities to observe firsthand how other law firms run their cases and to work with accomplished attorneys nationwide.