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Brooks Tom Porter & Quitiquit, LLP

Law Firm Offers the Best of Both Worlds

It’s not unusual to find Jeff Watts at the airport FedEx counter shipping a document for a client or hand delivering paperwork at the Real Estate Commission downtown.

What is unusual is that he just might be the most over-qualified messenger in Honolulu. Watts is a partner at Brooks Tom Porter & Quitiquit, LLP.

“We don’t charge for that kind of service,” says Watts. “If that’s what the client needs, then we do it without hesitation.”

“The primary consideration is doing everything we can to get the deal done, including making ourselves available to the client at all times, even on vacations and weekends,” adds fellow partner Carl Tom.

The Brooks Tom firm, founded in 1981, specializes in real estate and business law and commercial litigation and is fortunate to have some of the state’s and nation’s largest companies as clients. And while running documents around town is not one of the firm’s listed services, the extra effort is indicative of the hands-on approach the partners take and which their clients appreciate.

(left to right) Jeffery D. Watts, Carl Tom, Christian P. Porter and David W.H. Chee (Not Shown: Edward R. Brooks, Bud Quitiquit and Charles M. Heaukulani)

The firm has seven partners (two on the Big Island), with three of counsel attorneys and a staff of six paralegals. That means that nearly all their clients deal with partners on a regular basis.

“Our goal is to give our clients the best of both worlds: the personal attention of a small firm and attorneys experienced in complex legal transactions,” says partner Randy Brooks. “If our clients want to pick up a phone and call a partner, they can. They know their matter will be handled by someone who has the required experience and maturity.”

And just as important is the fact that the resulting working environment has made it easy for the attorneys to work with and for each other. “The partners all work closely together to analyze and solve problems,” says partner Chris Porter. “We share our knowledge, bringing our experience and strengths together. We approach a client’s problem from a business solution standpoint.”

And in a pinch, they may even deliver a document or two.

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