F. Steven Pang
F. Steven Pang, a partner in the firm, and one of Hawaii’s most experienced Korean speaking attorneys, writes a weekly column for the Korea Times Hawaii newspaper and the Koreatimeshawaii.com (over 800 articles) and concentrates his legal practice on business law, contracts, commercial transactions, corporate law, real estate law, international transactions, and selective litigation, arbitration, and mediation.
Mr. Pang is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (with honors) and received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Mr. Pang provided transactional assistance for the first international auto show in Seoul, Korea titled the “World of Dream Car” at Lotte World Hotel in 1993.
From time to time, Mr. Pang selects and works on impact cases. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Pang and partner Dennis W. King by prevailing on Motion for Summary Judgment on the day of the trial and later by appellate brief successfully established that the firm’s client Pony Taxi maintained independent contractual relationships with all of its drivers and thus the doctrine of respondeat superior did not apply to independent contractors. Even to this date, most taxi drivers in Honolulu operate as independent contractors.
By engaging in a complex federal class action lawsuit in 1999, Mr. Pang and partner Dennis W. King successfully represented hourly employees against their Honolulu based supermarket employer and recovered the damages for the employer’s failure and refusal to pay overtime pay in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. On the eve of the trial, Mr. Pang secured a favorable Offer of Judgment from the employer’s counsel. Since that employment case, Mr. Pang has represented many hourly employees against various businesses and obtained favorable results for wage and overtime payments. Representing the underrepresented and the powerless is one of the salient reasons why Mr. Pang, with his immigrant background, became a lawyer.
Mr. Pang is also a former Vice President of the United Korean Society of Hawaii (1993-1994).