Todd Eddins is an accomplished trial attorney with 20 years of experience in fighting for the underdog. He has derived more satisfaction from employing his legal skills on behalf of mesothelioma victims than from any of the thousands of clients he has successfully represented over the years. He shares: “I look into the faces of victims of corporate greed, and it is absolutely heart-breaking. I see decent, hard-working Americans who are entitled to fully enjoy their golden years but who are afflicted with this horrible cancer. I am proud to stand side by side with victims of mesothelioma and their families. I am proud to take on and defeat the corporations responsible for their unnecessary suffering.”
Todd’s father was a Pearl Harbor government employee and his mother was a public school teacher. He was taught right from wrong and to take responsibility for his actions. His tenacity in representing mesothelioma victims is rooted in the values instilled by his parents. The fact that corporations obscure right from wrong and do not take responsibility for their actions is particularly appalling to Todd. “The victims and families of victims that I represent are respectable, patriotic citizens who throughout their lives have tried their best to do the right thing. It should disturb all Americans when faceless corporations choose profits over people. It should disturb all Americans when corporations do the wrong thing and do not take responsibility. I am honored to do everything in my power to hold them accountable.”
Todd Eddins grew up in Kailua, Hawai’i on the island of Oahu, where he and his family still reside. Todd graduated from Hawai’i Baptist Academy in Honolulu. Todd received his undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Thereafter, he graduated from the University of Hawai’i's William S. Richardson School of Law. In Law School, Todd was the Executive Editor of the University of Hawai’i Law Review. He received numerous academic accolades, including American Jurisprudence awards in Civil Rights and Criminal Procedure.
Following law school, Todd served as a judicial clerk to Justice Yoshimi Hayashi of the Hawai’i Supreme Court. At the conclusion of this prestigious clerkship, Todd was courted by the state’s largest corporate law firms. However, he believed in the duty of public service and ensuring that the rights of the little guy were protected. So he worked as an attorney for the State of Hawai’i House of Representatives Judiciary Committee and as a trial attorney with the Office of the Public Defender.
As an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender, Todd gained renown for his formidable trial skills. Routinely the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney would offer favorable plea agreements to Todd’s clients because they did not want to face him in a trial. After many years of trial work at the Office of the Public Defender, Todd entered private practice, where he continued his track record of success. Over the years, Todd successfully handled Hawai’i's most high-profile and complex cases. He became a familiar face in the media with both his cases and as an expert commentator on other high-profile cases.
Over his 20 year legal career, Todd Eddins has represented clients in more than 125 jury trials. His hustle, talent and winning record have provided his clients and their families with the peace of mind that came with knowing that they were doing everything in their power to succeed in the legal system. Todd has always employed modern, innovative strategies to enhance his client’s success. He has become well known as a zealous and passionate trial attorney who goes to the mat for his clients. Super Lawyers, a national publication, has recognized Todd as one of Hawai’i's leading trial attorneys.
Todd Eddins is active in the legal community. He is a former adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hawai’i Law School. The Chief Justice of the Hawai’i Supreme Court appointed Todd to the Committee on Judicial Performance, where he serves with judges, attorneys, and prominent community members to ensure that Hawai’i's judiciary maintains the highest level of professional competence. The Chief Justice also appointed Todd to a Standing Committee on Jury Instructions. Todd also serves as a coach in the Hawai’i high school mock trial league.
Todd is married and a devoted father of three children. He is an avid sports fan and outdoorsman.