Phone: (808) 524-1800
Fax: (808) 524-4591
Direct: (808) 441-6245
Outstanding client service and results. These are the hallmarks of Blaine Rogers' legal engagements. Rogers practices in the areas of commercial litigation, lender liability, real estate and land use, title insurance and escrow, environmental and cultural resources, collections and foreclosures, constitutional and civil rights, class actions, and appellate law. Before joining AHFI, Rogers clerked for the Honorable David Alan Ezra, Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States District Court for the District of Hawai'i. Rogers was also the first Legal Fellow in a joint program between the Hawai'i Department of the Attorney General and Department of Land and Natural Resources, administratively prosecuting Hawai'i's first coral damage cases.
- Defeated borrower's affirmative claims and obtained judgment clarifying the remedy of rescission under Hawai'i's unfair and deceptive trade practices statute.
- Obtained multiple favorable judgments on borrower claims alleging violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and other federal and state statutes.
- Successfully represented national cellular telephone service provider against allegations of improper information dissemination.
Real Estate and Land Use
- Successfully defended action brought by former property owner challenging nonjudicial foreclosure action.
- Obtained summary judgment and attorneys' fees and costs in two separate suits brought by disappointed bidders at erroneously-conducted nonjudicial foreclosures sales.
Title and Escrow Defense
- Cleared title to property embroiled in multiple-party, luxury condominium property regime dispute.
- Successfully defeated affirmative claims and obtained summary judgment in fraudulent transfer action.
Constitutional and Civil Rights
- Obtained injunctive relief preventing the State of Hawai'i from reducing healthcare benefits to residents of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.
- Brought suit against the State of Hawai'i for unlawful cutbacks to mental health services and elays in providing federal supplemental assistance benefits.
- Lee v. HSBC Bank USA, 218 P.3d 775 (2009) (holding that a disappointed bidder at an erroneously-conducted nonjudicial foreclosure sale is entitled only to the return of the downpayment plus interest).
Commercial LitigationReal PropertyEnvironmental LawCollections and ForeclosuresConstitutional and Civil Rights LitigationClass Actions
Admitted to Practice
- U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit
- Hawai`i State Bar Association
- Natural Resources Section (Program Chair, 2007; Vice-Chair, 2008; Chair, 2009)
- Litigation Section
- Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii
- Hoaloha Kai Montessori School
Awards and Recognition
- Pro Bono Celebration 2012 Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney
- University of Hawai`i, Richardson School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude 2006)
- Editor, Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal (2005-2006)
- CALI, Excellence for the Future Award, Highest Grade, Domestic Ocean and Coastal Law (Spring 2005)
- CALI, Excellence for the Future Award, Highest Grade, Federal Courts (Spring 2005)
- CALI, Excellence for the Future Award, Highest Grade, Environmental Compliance and Regulated Industries (Spring 2006)
- University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.)
- Law clerk to the Honorable David Alan Ezra, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai`i (2007-2008)
- Department of the Attorney General and Department of Land & Natural Resources, State of Hawai`i, Legal Fellow (2006-2007)
- "Raising the Bar: The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Public Land Trust , and a Heightened Standard of Fiduciary Duty," 7 Asian-Pac L. and Pol'y J. 1.