is the senior partner of Turbin Chu Heidt, where he practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr.Turbin, as lead counsel has handled many arbitration hearings, trials and appeals involving medical malpractice and serious injuries. Mr. Turbin has taught and served as program chairman for numerous ABA programs and wrote various articles for those presentations. Mr. Turbin also wrote a chapter titled "Medical Malpractice with Regard to Ear, Nose and Throat Cases inHospital Emergency Rooms," a McGraw-Hill publication titled Medical Malpractice - Handling Emergency Room Cases.
Richard Turbin received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, fromCornell University and his J.D. degree from HarvardLaw School. Mr. Turbin was chosen a Traphagen Distinguished Alumni speaker at Harvard Law School in 2004. Mr. Turbin was the recipient of the Pursuit ofJustice Award of the Tortand Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association in 2006.
Mr. Turbin served as the 2005 President of the HawaiiState Bar Association, and was elected to the Executive Board of the National Council of Bar Presidents of the American BarAssociation “ABA.” Mr. Turbin was Chair of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA from 1999 to 2000, with 30,000 members, and is the largest such organization in the world. Richard Turbin was elected President of the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii for 2002-2003. Former Governor Ben Cayetano appointed Mr. Turbin to the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. Former Governor Neil Abercrombie appointed Mr. Turbin to the Board of Governors of the EastWest Center, where he serves as the Chair of The Board of Governors.
In the community, Richard Turbin has served as Chair of the Waialae Kahala Neighborhood Board for many of the last 35 years asa member. Mr. Turbin has also served on Boards of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and the Alliance Francaise of Hawaii. Mr. Turbin is currently the President of the Friends of Justice and Civic Education of Hawai