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Chase H. Livingston

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Chase received his B.S. in Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012, after spending his Junior year at the University of Ghana, Legon. Following his graduation from college, Chase spent several years in the Bay Area working in the field of energy and water conservation, before returning to Hawai‘i to pursue a law degree at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i.

In 2019, he graduated magna cum laude from the Richardson School of Law, where he received certificates in Environmental Law and Native Hawaiian Rights. While in law school, Chase was the Student Bar Association Senate President, a board member for the American Constitution Society, a founding member of the National Lawyers Guild student chapter of Hawai‘i, and an active participant in the Environmental Law Program’s Energy Justice Initiative.

Chase served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Todd W. Eddins in the First Circuit Court of the State of Hawai‘i (now Associate Justice Eddins), and as a legal and policy extern for the City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resilience (CCSR), and the Blue Planet Foundation. Following his graduation from the Richardson School of law, Chase served as law clerk for the Honorable Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson at the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. Chase is a musician, mountaineer, and waterman who is passionate about social and environmental justice and is dedicated to helping his local and global community mitigate and adapt to the ongoing climate crisis. In pursuit of this mission, Chase has filed numerous amicus briefs on behalf of legal scholars in support of various climate change tort cases against multinational oil companies.

Chase is committed to utilizing his experience and skills to help the firm’s clients seek justice and compensation for harms they have suffered as a result of corporate negligence, medical malpractice, sexual abuse, or civil rights violations. Chase also represented the non-profit Life of the Land in a Hawai‘i Supreme Court appeal related to the Hu Honua Bio Energy Facility on the Big Island, successfully arguing before the Supreme Court that the climate impacts and high cost of the facility made approval of its contract with Hawaiian Electric Company contrary to the public interest.

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