Clare Connors began her legal career in public service, representing the United States of America as a trial attorney prosecuting fraud, child exploitation crimes and other felony offenses. Her diverse legal experience serves her well in her civil law practice and at Davis Levin Livingston, she represents clients in cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury, consumers’ rights, civil rights, commercial disputes and insurance bad faith matters. Ms. Connors’ experience as a criminal and civil litigator, alongside her unwavering commitment to helping others, allows her to secure the best result for every client she represents.
Ms. Connors was raised in Hawai‘i. She double-majored at Yale, graduating with honors, and went on to serve as Operations Coordinator for the City of New York, Parks & Recreation Department under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. In 1999, she left the Parks Department to attend Harvard Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree.
Upon graduating from Harvard Law School, Ms. Connors returned to Hawai‘i and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge David Alan Ezra. She then joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., as part of the Attorney General’s Honors program, and worked as a trial attorney for the DOJ Tax Division. She was assigned to the Eastern District of Virginia as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and in 2004, Ms. Connors returned home to work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Hawai‘i. Ms. Connors joined Davis Levin Livingston in 2011, transitioning from criminal to civil law.
Ms. Connors is admitted to practice in New York and both the state and federal courts in Hawai‘i. She participates in a number of professional activities through both the state and federal bar associations, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.
On January 3, 2019, Ms. Connors was appointed to be the new Hawaii Attorney General of the State of Hawaii by Governor David Ige. She has now withdrawn from the firm and is on leave while she discharges her public service for the State of Hawaii.
- Yale University, cum laude
- Harvard Law School, J.D.
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Professional Honors, Associations & Activities
- Member, Hawai‘i State Bar Association, 2003 to present
- Member, Litigation, Appellate, Natural Resources & Government Sections
- Member, Strategic Planning Committee, 2013
- Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2013 to 2014
- Member, Federal Bar Association, Hawai‘i Chapter, 2012 to present
- Vice President, 2018 to present
- Vice-Chair, Task Force on Civil Justice Improvements, Hawai‘i Judiciary
- June 2018 to August 1, 2019
- Pro Bono Liaison, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i, 2018 to present
- Member, American Judicature Society, 2017 to present
- Member, Judicial Selection, Retention & Accountability Standing Committee
- Volunteer Arbitrator, Court Annexed Arbitration Program, 1st Circuit, State of Hawai‘i 2015 to present
- Lawyer Representative for the District of Hawai‘i, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2014 to 2017
- Lawyer Delegate, U.S. District Court, Hawai‘i District Conference, 2009 to 2011
- Member, The Hawai‘i Innocence Project Case Integrity Review Committee, 2017 to present
- Member, Hawai‘i Association for Justice, 2012 to present
- Member, American Association for Justice (Active)
- Member, Hawai‘i Women Lawyers Association (Active)
Lectures & Teaching & Publications
- Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law
- Faculty and Planning Committee, Hawai‘i Federal Trial Academy, 2018 to present
- Various seminars, lectures and continuing legal education programs through the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association (Hawai‘i Chapter) and the University of Hawai‘i William S. Richardson School of Law
- Author, Criminal Appeals Section, HSBA Federal Appellate Practice Manual, 2013