Background

Michael Anthony Marr has been an attorney since 1989, a mediator since 1985, and an arbitrator since 1998. He has practiced in almost every major area of law. While maintaining his law office he has had the privilege to serve as Special Counsel to the State of Hawaii Crime Commission, as Independent Grand Jury Counsel to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, as Trustee to the United States Bankruptcy Court, as an attorney with the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel, as a law instructor at the University of Hawaii, West Oahu College, and Chaminade University, as a pro bono guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children to the Hawaii Family Court and as outside counsel to the Bank of Hawaii. Michael now concentrates in two areas of law; specifically, arbitration and mediation as a neutral service provider and children's rights as an advocate.

ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION

Michael Anthony Marr has been selected to act as an arbitrator and/or mediator by the United States of America, the United States Virgin Islands, the United States Army, the United States Navy, and the State of Hawaii and all county governments therein. Public Sector Unions that have selected Michael include the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the United Public Workers, the Hawaii State Teachers Association, and the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers. Federal Sector Unions include the Hawaii Federal Employees Metal Trades Council, the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council and the American Federation of Government Employees.

Michael has also handled numerous private sector disputes throughout Hawaii and the mainland United States. The issues have generally been related to the areas of labor and employment law, commercial law, real property law, banking and securities law, and family law. He is an arbitrator and/or mediator on the following alternative dispute resolution panels:

  • United States District Court of Hawaii Mediation Panel
  • Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (DPR-Hawaii)
  • National Association of Securities Dealers, aka FINRA
  • California State Mediation & Conciliation Service
  • Los Angeles City Employee Relations Board
  • Michigan Employment Relations Commission
  • Nevada Employee Relations Board
  • Virgin Islands Public Employee Relations Board
  • Washington State Labor Relations Commission
  • Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
  • Hawaii Labor Relations Board
  • National Arbitration Forum
  • Oregon State Employment Relations Board
  • Maine Labor Relations Commission
  • Montana Board of Personnel Appeals
  • Nebraska Employee Relations Board
  • Washington Marine Employees' Commission

As a mediator Michael has handled hundreds of divorce matters that have included issues relating to property division and child custody, support, and visitation. As an attorney, he has handled cases on every calendar of the family court relating to divorce, special services, paternity, domestic abuse, adoption and guardianship. While he continues to mediate divorce matters he also accepts select cases as an advocate. Michael takes substantial pride in providing neutral services based upon integrity, impartiality, fairness, compassion, patience, moral courage, intelligence and common sense. Additional information concerning Michael's neutral services can be found with Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., United States District Court, Hawaii Labor Relations Board, and with the National Arbitration Center

Children's Right's

Michael Anthony Marr has been a passionate advocate for the rights of children throughout his legal career. He has represented hundreds of children, as a guardian ad litem and as an attorney, who have been accused of status offenses and/or exceptionally serious violations of the law. He has also handled numerous waiver hearings where the State has sought to have a child removed from the protection of the Family Court to be tried as an adult in Circuit Court.

Michael's service as a pro bono guardian ad litem, as Special Counsel to the State of Hawaii Crime Commission, as Independent Grand Jury Counsel to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, as a attorney on the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel, as a law instructor to the University of Hawaii, West Oahu College, and Chaminade University as well as handling more than 2,000 criminal trials provides him with the essential legal, communication and social skills necessary to represent children within the Family Court system.

The quality of advocacy at the early stages of Family Court proceedings can significantly affect future opportunities available to your child. Schedule an appointment with Michael. You and your child will discover that he is friendly, emphatic, understanding, and easy to communicate with. You will also be impressed with his legal ability, the foundation of which is based upon integrity, zealousness, compassion, patience, moral courage, intelligence and common sense.

Additional information concerning Michael's background can be found with Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., United States District Court, Hawaii Labor Relations Board and with the National Arbitration Center.