Mr. Sia pursued his undergraduate studies at Brown University, where he majored in Political Science. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978. He then attended the Garey School of Law, Villanova University, from 1978 to 1981. He was admitted to the Hawaii Bar in 1981.
After serving as a law clerk and bailiff for the Honorable Philip T. Chun, First Judicial Circuit Court, State of Hawaii from June, 1981 to June, 1982, Mr. Sia joined the firm as an associate on July 26, 1982. He has been involved in jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts, appellate work before the Hawaii Supreme Court, the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and arbitrations. He is “AV” peer review rated in Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Sia is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association and served as its secretary (2001), treasurer (2002), and vice President/President elect in 2007. He serves as President in 2008. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. He was, and currently is, a member and participant of the select Federal Court Judicial Conference sponsored by the U. S. District Court, District of Hawaii pursuant to a three year term (1995-1998 and 2005-2008).
Other Professional Experience
Mr. Sia has participated in numerous continuing legal education seminars and workshops as a speaker or faculty member, including work as an instructor/faculty member for the Hawaii College of Trial Advocacy, the training of arbitrators for the Court Annexed Arbitration Program sponsored by the Hawaii State Judiciary, and guest speaker at the annual up-date on tort law in Hawaii, the annual meeting of the Hawaii Claims Association annual meeting, and at monthly meetings of the Hawaii Insurance Claims Managers Association. He was one of two guest speakers on insurance law for the Justices and Judges of the State of Hawaii Judiciary in 2006. He was a co-author of “Fundamentals of Liability Insurance Law,” published by Sterling Education Services, LLC (2004); a co-author of “Insurance Law In Hawaii,” published by Lorman Education Services (1999); and a co-author of “Effective Motion Practice in Hawaii,” published by Lorman Education Services (1998).