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Mr. Pettit concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy, business reorganization, collections, and commercial litigation.

He has authored numerous legal publications including Hawai‘i Collection and Bankruptcy Law Manual (4th ed., 2013) and Foreclosure & Related Remedies, Hawai‘i Chapter (2011, American Bar Association).

Mr. Pettit advises and represents lenders, debtors, landlords, secured creditors, creditor committees and liquidating trusts in a variety of industries. Mr. Pettit has extensive experience in large bankruptcy cases, cross-border insolvency matters, receiverships and judicial foreclosure proceedings.

He is rated AV Preeminent, the highest level of ability and integrity by Martindale Hubbell.   Mr. Pettit was named 2018 Best Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2016 Best Lawyer of the Year in Litigation -- Bankruptcy and Lawyer of the Year, 2015 in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law by Best Lawyers In  America.  Best Lawyers in America has recognized Ted Pettit as a Best Lawyer In Hawaii since 2006.  He has also been recognized as a Hawai‘iSuper Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Business litigation (2008-2017) by Super Lawyers. Mr. Pettit is recognized by Corporate Counsel Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Creditor-Debtor Rights Law (2008-2012) and by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star in Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation (2008-2016). Chambers & Partners has honored Mr. Pettit as a Band1, Leading Individual in Bankruptcy/Restructuring (2006-2017).  In 2017, Mr. Pettit was selected for membership to America's Top 100 Attorneys by America's Top 100, LLC. Ted Pettit was one of the founders and was the first president of the Hawai‘i Bankruptcy Bar Association (2011).


Business Reorganization; Bankruptcy; Real Estate Litigation; Commercial and Business Litigation; Collection Law


State of Hawai‘i

U.S. District Court, District of Hawai‘i
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Supreme Court


B.A., University of Missouri, 1972

Ph.D., (Medical Physiology), University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, 1980
J.D., William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa,1986

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