Stanley Levin, one of the founding partners of the firm, has retired from active practice and in 2009 and founded, with the firm’s support, LEAP (, The Levin Educational Access Project, a public interest law firm committed to providing education and advocacy to children and families with disabilities.

Mr. Levin had an extensive career in public interest litigation. While in law school in New York City, he worked for two years at Columbia University’s Center For Social Welfare Policy and the Law. After law school, like so many of the country’s best law graduates in the early 1970s, Mr. Levin joined the ranks of public interest litigators at the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. Mr. Levin eventually became Director of Litigation supervising a team of 30 attorneys in their assault on procedural and constitutional abuses suffered by the poor, disabled, and disadvantaged. Mr. Levin gained a national reputation as a welfare rights, class action lawyer. He has handled and consulted on over 60 class actions all over the country and has been counsel on numerous historic, landmark decisions. Mr. Levin argued and won before the United States Supreme Court, Yamasaki v. Califano, a nationwide class action which articulated certain due process standards required to be shown social security recipients.

He is the recipient of the American Bar Associations John Minor Wisdom Award for public interest advocacy. Stan Levin has been awarded the American Bar Association Section of Litigation John Minor Wisdom Public Service Award for his pro bono efforts, particularly on behalf of special needs children and the disabled.

Practice Areas

Class Actions
Civil Rights
Consumer Rights
Insurance Bad Faith
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury


Stan Levin
Davis Levin Livingston
851 Fort Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

ph 808-450-3004

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Retired Partner, Davis Levin Livingston

Born Baltimore, Maryland, September 5, 1946

Bar Admissions

Admitted to bar, 1972

Hawaii and U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; 1973

U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1975

U.S. Supreme Court


“Practical, Ethical and Legal Considerations Involved in the Settlement of Cases in Which Statutory Attorney’s Fees are Authorized,Vol. 14, No. 6, Clearinghouse Review, October, 1980.

Editor, Federal Litigation Manual, for Legal Services Corporation, 1980

Instructor, Hawaii Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program.

Professional Honors and Associations

Hawaii State and American Bar Association

Stan Levin Honored by ABA

Legislature Honors Stan Levin For ABA AWARD

Eva H. Smyth Award for Outstanding Service to the Hawaii Association of the Blind

John Minor Wisdom Award for Outstanding contribution to the quality of justice in his community

Handbiller lawyers get bonus, too

Significant Cases

SYamasaki vs. Califano, 442 U.S. 682, S.Ct. 2545

Kaisa vs. Chang, 396 F.Supp 375 (D.Haw, 1975)

Hawaii Psychiatric Society vs. Ariyoshi, 481 F.Supp 1028 (D.Haw, 1979)

Pekarsky vs. Ariyoshi, 695 F.2d 352 (9th Cir., 1982)

Filipo vs. Chang, 618 P.2d 295 (1980)

Daigle vs. Warner. 348 F.Supp, 10746 (1972).