About Mr. Harrison

William Harrison

Criminal Defense Attorney, founding partner

Call: (808) 523-7041
Fax: (808) 538-7579
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Trial experience

  • Federal criminal defense experience concentrating on drug offenses, white-collar and fraud offenses, crimes of violence, federal gun charges, computer crimes, grand jury representation, corporate and business defense, money laundering, and racketeering.
  • State criminal defense experience concentrating on murder, vehicular homicides, drug offenses, sex crimes, white-collar and fraud offenses, crimes of violence, and property crimes.
  • Military criminal defense experience concentrating on drug offenses, crimes of violence, sex crimes, theft, and fraud crimes.
  • Constitutional law background with a focus on constitutional amendment rights as a defense to various criminal charges.

Credentials

Licensed since:

  • 1981 Hawaii
  • 1981 U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • 1982 New Jersey
  • 1982 U.S. District Court District of New Jersey
  • 1982 U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • 1985 U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1993 U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit

Degree accreditation:

Educational honors:

  • 1980 Law Review: University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii

Awards and accolades

Professional recognitions

State and federal government task forces, commissions, and committees

  • Chair: Judicial Selection Commission, State of Hawaii 1994 – 1995
  • Lawyer select: State Judicial Conference 1991 – 1994
  • Litigation committee: ACLU of Hawaii 2002 to present
  • Member: Lt. Governor’s Hawaii Drug Control Strategy Task Force, 2004 to present
  • Member: Task Force on Charging Procedures, Twenty-First Legislature 2003
  • Member: Hawaii Supreme Court Permanent Committee on Rules of Penal Procedure and Circuit Court Criminal Rules
  • Member: Act 59 Task Force to Consider Proposals to Revise Hawaii’s Community Notification or “Megan’s Law” 2003 – 2004
  • Attendee: United States Courts Judicial Conference 2004 – 2005, 2014.

Television appearances

  • Legal Television Commentator: KHNL News 8; KHNL; KLTV Channel 4

Pro bono activities

  • Delegate: Hawaii Democratic Party State Convention 1988 – 2008
  • Former Legal Redress Officer: NAACP Hawaii Chapter
  • Interscholastic League of Honolulu, Coach of the Year: Wrestling 1990 – 1991
  • Litigation Committee Member: ACLU of Hawaii
  • Past President and Founding Member: Afro-American Lawyers Association
  • President of the Board: Domestic Violence Clearinghouse and Legal Hotline 1991 – 1992

Professional associations and memberships

Leadership positions

  • Board of Governors: The Association of Plaintiffs Lawyers of Hawaii 1989 – 1990
  • Bencher: American Inns of Court IV, Hawaii
  • Executive Committee: International Legal Fraternity of Phi Delta Phi – Richardson Inn 1979 – 1981

Professional memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association 1981 to present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association 1982 to present
  • Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“NACDL”)
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • The Association of Plaintiffs Lawyers of Hawaii 1989 – 1990
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Law and Medicine

Community associations and memberships

Lecturing activities

  • Adjunct professor: “Hawaii Innocence Project”, University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law
  • Faculty member: National Institute of Trial Advocates (“NITA”)
  • Faculty member: National Business Institute Legal Seminars
  • Lecturer: Trial Advocacy Program, Public Defender State of Hawaii
  • Peoples Law School: American Trial Lawyers Association

Fraternities/sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi