David M. Louie

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David M. Louie
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Attorney General of Hawaii
Former officeholder
In office
January 14, 2011 - December 1, 2014
PredecessorMark Bennett (R)
Base salary$140,220
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 19, 2010
Appointed byGov. Neil Abercrombie (D)
Term limitsNone
Bachelor'sOccidental College (1973)
J.D.University of California-Berkeley (1977)
Date of birthOctober 8, 1951
Place of birthOakland, California
Office website
David M. Louie (b. October 8, 1951, in Oakland, California) is the former Democratic Attorney General of Hawaii. He served in this position from January 14, 2011 to December 1, 2014, following his initial appointment by Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie on Sunday, December 19, 2010.[1][2][3] His appointment was confirmed by the Hawaii Senate, per state law.

In his capacity as attorney general, Louie was responsible for representing the state in civil and criminal cases in which it is a party, advising the various agencies and departments of the executive branch, legislative branch and judicial branch of the state government, the prosecution of serious criminal offenses and for advocating the basic rights of Hawaii residents. [4]

Louie's term expired on December 1, 2014. Since Hawaii attorneys general do not face any term limit restrictions, Louie was eligible for reappointment at that time, subject to the consent of the Senate. Gov. David Ige did not reappoint Louie as attorney general in December 2014.[5]

Before becoming attorney general, Louie was a managing partner in the law firm of Roeca Louie & Hiraoka in Honolulu. From 1977 to 1988, he was an attorney at Case & Lynch, where he specialized in civil litigation, personal injury, insurance defense, commercial litigation, contract disputes and construction defect litigation. Louie's background also includes serving as a Lawyer Representative for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2005 until 2008.[6]


Shortly after receiving his law degree, Louie passed the State Bar of California. The next year, he joined both the State Bar of Hawaii and then later the bar of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii. For seven years, beginning in 1999, he served as Chairman of the Aloha Tower Development Corporation, a local government agency charged with the development of the land surrounding the Aloha Tower so as to benefit the state's commercial trade industry based at Honolulu harbor. In addition to working thirty-three years as both an attorney and partner for the Honolulu-based private practice of Roeca Louie & Hiraoka, Louie served as a Lawyer Representative for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2005 until 2008.[7]

  • President/Vice President/Director, Hawaii State Bar Association (1995 - 2001)
  • Vice President/Secretary-Treasurer/Director, Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors of the Hawaii Supreme Court Special Committee on Judicial Performance


  • Bachelor's degree - Occidental College (1973)
  • Juris Doctorate degree - Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California-Berkeley (1977)

Political career

Hawaii Attorney General (2011-2014)

Louie served as Hawaii Attorney General from January 14, 2011 to December 1, 2014.[5]


Steven Tyler Act

On January 18, 2013, Jamie Kalani English introduced Senate Bill 465, the proposed "Steven Tyler Act." According to the bill, "if [a] person captures or intends to capture, in a manner that is offensive to a reasonable person, through any means a visual image, sound recording, or other physical impression of another person while that person is engaging in a personal or familial activity with a reasonable expectation of privacy," he or she would be liable for the "civil action of constructive invasion of privacy." He or she could be sued for general damages, special damages and punitive damages worth triple the combined general and special damages. According to the Section 1 of the bill, the new law would especially help celebrities and be named after Steven Tyler, who owns a vacation home on the island of Maui, in honor of his "contribution to the arts in Hawai‘i and throughout the world."[8] The Senate passed the SB 465 on March 5 by a vote of 23-2, and the bill was sent on to the House. Only Senators Samuel Slom and Les Ihara, Jr. voted against the bill.[9] Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Tyler, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, and a number of other celebrities endorsed SB 465. They argued that the paparazzi invade the privacy of celebrities who come to Hawaii to vacation in peace by filming and photographing the celebrities on their private property and that this bill would help promote celebrity tourism in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union, Louie, the Society of Professional Journalists, and The New York Times opposed the bill, claiming that it would be unconstitutional and suppress journalism.[10][11]



Louie was named Hawaii Attorney General by Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) on December 19, 2010.[1]


His father, Paul Louie, was a Presbyterian minister and one of three founding members of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California. Louie currently resides in Honolulu, HI, with his wife, Johanna.

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Contact information

Capitol Address:
Department of the Attorney General
425 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 586-1500
Fax: (808) 586-1239

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark J. Bennett (R)
Hawaii Attorney General
2011 - 2014
Succeeded by
Russell Suzuki