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Paul Achitoff

Managing Attorney

Paul Achitoff is managing attorney of the Mid-Pacific regional office in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School. He practiced business and environmental litigation in private practice in Los Angeles and Honolulu for eleven years before joining Earthjustice in 1994.

Paul handles a wide variety of public interest environmental litigation, including matters arising under the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Hawaiʻi’s Water Code. He represented a coalition of family farmers, Native Hawaiians, and other community members in their contested case before the State of Hawaiʻi Commission on Water Resource Management to restore windward Oʻahu stream flows from the Waiahole Ditch, and in their appeals to the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court.

Paul has also obtained injunctions enjoining swordfish longlining, which caused the deaths of critically endangered turtles; lobster fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which threatened the endangered monk seal; and Navy bombing of migratory bird nesting colonies in the western Pacific.