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Mark E. Recktenwald

Mark E. Recktenwald
Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court of Hawaii
Assumed office
August 31, 2010
Preceded by Ronald Moon
Personal details
Born (1955-10-08) October 8, 1955
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality United States
Children 2
Alma mater Harvard
Occupation Lawyer, Judge

Mark E. Recktenwald (born October 8, 1955)[1] is lawyer who became a judge in Hawaii.

Early life

Recktenwald graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and then Harvard University in 1978.[2] He wrote a thesis for his degree in anthropology titled "State and economy in Moche III-IV society". He came to Hawaii in 1980 where he met his wife Gailynn. They had a son Andrew born c. 1989 and daughter Sarah born c. 1993.He worked as a reporter in the United Press International’s Honolulu Bureau.[2] He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1986.[3] He published a paper on employment discrimination cases.[4]

After law school, Recktenwald became a clerk for judge Harold Michael Fong until 1987. He then became an associate with Goodsill Anderson Quinn and Stifel in 1988. In 1991 he became assistant United States Attorney, litigating both civil and criminal cases. He served as the health care fraud coordinator and environmental law enforcement coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and was a prosecutor in other types of cases. In 1997 he became partner with the law firm of Marr Hipp Jones and Pepper specializing in employment litigation. In 1999 he returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He became director of the Hawaii state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) in 2003.[5]

In May 2007 he was appointed chief judge of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals. He participated in more than 250 cases and authored 10 published opinions. In February 2009 (confirmed in May 2009) he replaced retired Associate Justice Steven H. Levinson on the Supreme Court of Hawaii.[6] On August 13, 2010 Recktenwald was nominated for chief justice by Governor Linda Lingle.[7]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Catherine E. Toth (May 16, 2005). "Leadership Corner: Mark E. Recktenwald".  
  3. ^ "Honor Roll: Class of 1986". University of Chicago Law School. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Collateral Attacks on Employment Discrimination Consent Decrees". The University of Chicago Law Review 53 (1): 147–182. Winter 1986.  
  5. ^ "Chief Judge Mark E. Recktenwald". Hawaiʻi State Judiciary. 
  6. ^ i Supreme Court Associate Justice"ʻ"Governor Lingle Nominates Mark Recktenwald as Hawai. state of Hawaii press release. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Governor Lingle Nominates Mark Recktenwald as Chief Justice". state of Hawaii press release. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
Government offices
Preceded by
Ronald Moon
Supreme Court of Hawaii Chief Justice
Succeeded by
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