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Harrison & Matsuoka, Attorneys at Law
William Harrison

841 Bishop Street, Suite 800
Honolulu HI 96813
(808) 523-7041

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Harrison & Matsuoka, Attorneys at Law


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Hawaii’s Trusted Criminal Defense Attorneys

Harrison & Matsuoka is a criminal defense law firm located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since 1982, we have counseled clients to protect their rights and future interests.

Hawaii-based law firm with national and international reach

Our firm serves clients throughout Oahu, Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, and Kauai.  We represent clients in state, federal, military, and appellate courts. Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Hawaii, New Jersey, California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.  Engagements with local clients have also taken us into international jurisdictions, including Japan, the Philippines, and New Zealand.

Exceptional legal advice from award-winning trial lawyers

Judges and prosecutors in Hawaii know and respect us. They recognize that we are professional, honest, and willing to put in the effort necessary to pursue positive outcomes.

Through peer-review, Harrison & Matsuoka earned an AV Rating—Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Our firm was also included in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, America’s most exclusive directory of law firms and practitioners. Only the top five percent of the nation’s law firms achieve these distinguished honors.

Our capability is recognized in the Hawaiian legal community

Attorney William Harrison appeared in Honolulu Magazine’s biannual Best Lawyers issue; and, for three consecutive years, he was included in Best Lawyers in America. He has also been recognized by Hawaii Super Lawyers. Read more about our awards and accolades on our attorney profiles.

Contact us

You will find our trial experience, understanding of the law, and client service second to none. Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to speak to you about your case. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at (808) 523-7041 or email us using our online contact form.

The benefit of working with us

Our firm is comfortable handling a range of cases—from first-time offenses to high profile felony cases that attract media attention. Our attorneys are discreet and help clients protect their rights and future interests.When you retain our services, you can expect:

  • Attorneys who have earned the respect of local courts and judges
  • A firm founded on a tradition of excellence
  • An attorney with over 25 years of criminal trial experience
  • Detailed and thorough handling of every aspect of your case
  • Early and advanced preparation for trial and negotiations
  • A hands-on approach to high-profile cases
  • Prompt responses to your calls
  • Straightforward answers to your questions
  • Attorneys available to you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Please Call: 808-523-7041

William Harrison

Criminal Defense Attorney

Founding Partner

Call: (808) 523-7041
Toll-free: (888) 381-9611
Fax: (808) 538-7579
Email


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:

Degree accreditation:

  • 1977 B.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1981 J.D. University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1981 M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Television appearances

  • Legal Television Commentator: KHNL News 8


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

Birth information

  • October 13, 1953, Beppu, Japan

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Attorney Profiles

 

William Harrison

Criminal Defense Attorney

Founding Partner

Call: (808) 523-7041
Toll-free: (888) 381-9611
Fax: (808) 538-7579
Email


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:

Degree accreditation:

  • 1977 B.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1981 J.D. University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1981 M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Television appearances

  • Legal Television Commentator: KHNL News 8


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

Birth information

  • October 13, 1953, Beppu, Japan

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Keith A. Matsuoka

Business and Land Use Lawyer

Partner

Call: (808) 523-7041
Toll-free: (888) 381-9611
Fax: (808) 538-7579
Email

Areas of practice

Litigation percentage

  • 10% of practice devoted to litigation

Bar admissions

Education

  • 1983 J.D. Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
  • 1980 B.B.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

Professional associations and memberships

  • Member: Hawaii State Bar Association – Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section
  • Member: American Bar Association – Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section
  • Treasurer: Associated Students of the University of Hawaii, 1978 - 1979

Birth information

  • October 20, 1958, Carmel, California, United States of America

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Gene K. Lau

Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense Attorney

Of Counsel

Call: (808) 523-7041
Toll-free: (888) 381-9611
Fax: (808) 538-7579
Email

Practice areas

Litigation percentage

  • 60% of practice devoted to litigation

Bar admissions

Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California, 1982 J.D.
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1978 B.S.

Professional associations and memberships

  • Member: Hawaii State Bar Association

Birth information

  • September 9, 1955, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Firm Overview

Our approach to high-stakes litigation

Our attorneys are on your side. We listen to you. Even when you believe you are guilty, we strive to get you the best possible resolution. Just say, "I want a lawyer" and call the offices of Harrison & Matsuoka as soon as you are detained by police. We offer free consultations, even over the phone.

A reputation for excellence in criminal defense

Our reputation with the courts precedes us at trial. We are known for our extraordinary commitment to honest and ethical legal representation. This uncompromising integrity has led to long-standing relationships with many prosecutors, county clerks, court recorders, and judges.

Our reputation is why other lawyers, politicians, and police officers turn to us when they need legal representation. They know we will go the extra mile for our clients. We personally conduct investigations and accompany investigators to crime scenes. We do the footwork to make sure that no stone is left unturned in your defense. In court, we work zealously on behalf of our clients, and our dedication to our clients shows in our every aspect of our legal representation.

A hands-on approach to high-stakes litigation

Our high-profile criminal cases draw the attention of local newspapers, including the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. We get this attention because our attorneys frequently get criminal charges dismissed or reduced in the interests of justice.

We use the media attention to our clients' advantage. Through public statements, we can counteract some of the negative publicity.  But as a result of the publicity, our attorneys have been able to convince local bail bondsmen to discount their rates in high-profile cases. These are just a few of the ways we work to help our clients maintain some control over the media limelight.

Despite the media attention we receive, we are discreet, down-to-earth, and friendly. We value our clients’ privacy and do not attract undue attention. We also offer very reasonable rates.

Focused on the client, not just the case

We understand that the possibility of a criminal conviction is traumatic not only to the accused, but to their families too. We handle sensitive legal matters with care and confidentiality. We take the extra steps necessary to protect our clients before, during, and after the case. Our attorneys can help you:

  • Seek early termination of probation
  • Request a supervised release from jail
  • Expunge (seal) a criminal record
  • Seal electronic criminal records
  • Sealing fingerprints
  • File an appeal

Headquartered in Hawaii

We serve clients throughout the Big Island of Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in state, federal, military, and appellate courts. We have also been admitted to the bar in Hawaii, New Jersey, California, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. In our representation of clients, we have traveled into international jurisdictions—as far as Japan, the Philippines, and New Zealand.

Criminal Law

 

Experience and preparation are key in criminal defense

For over 25 years, we have aggressively defended our clients in state, federal, military, and appellate courts.  Through each stage of the litigation process, we prepare to protect your rights and look out for your best interests.  When you are brought in for questioning, we help you filter the information you disclose to the police.  Remember, anything you say can be used against you in court.  Once charged with a crime, our attorneys seek pre-trial resolutions to case, such as motions to dismiss.  If a case proceeds to trial, we will call on our investigative experts and our litigation support team to prepare a solid defense.  At trial, our attorneys work to minimize your exposure, eliminate counts, and reduce jail time.

We handle a broad range of criminal cases involving:


Remember, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty

Police and prosecutors will work hard to see you convicted. When you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, know your rights and find an attorney who will protect your interests:

  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • You have the right to an attorney present during police questioning.
  • You have the right to be protected against improper search and seizure.
  • You have the right to a trial before a judge and jury.

Get to know your legal options at (808) 523-7041, or email us to meet with our attorneys face-to-face. The sooner you call us, the better we can protect you.

Hawaii-based law firm with national and international reach

The Honolulu firm of Harrison & Matsuoka, Attorneys at Law, represents clients throughout Oahu, Maui, the Big Island of Hawaii, and Kauai. We can represent you in state, federal, military, and appellate courts. We are licensed to practice law in New Jersey and California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Engagements with local clients have taken us into international jurisdictions, as far as Japan, the Philippines, and New Zealand.


Felony and misdemeanor offenses

Criminal cases are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the seriousness of the crime. Misdemeanor crimes are generally less serious of the two types of crimes, and carry penalties that include up to one year in jail, monetary restitution, and/or fines. Felony charges are more serious, and can include multi-year prison terms, major fines, and in some cases, the death penalty.

Our goal is to lessen your sentence, even if you have already confessed to a crime or the prosecutor has overwhelming evidence of guilt. We work hard to minimize exposure to prosecutorial questioning, bargain with prosecutors to reach a plea agreement, and eliminate counts through motions to dismiss counts or suppress evidence.

Reduced or alternative sentencing may also be an option in certain cases. Our attorneys can help you petition the courts for probation, house arrest, or community service rather than jail-time. Judges and juries usually consider the severity of the offense and your criminal record when considering sentencing options. Our attorneys help you tell your story in court so that you can get your voice heard and achieve the best possible outcome based on your case.

In our 25 years of practice, we have represented clients in criminal cases involving:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Animal cruelty
  • Antitrust violations
  • Arson
  • Battery
  • Conspiracy
  • Counterfeit bills
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Embezzlement
  • Money laundering
  • Murder/homicide
  • Racketeering (RICO)
  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trafficking
  • Weapons possession charges

Contact our offices at (808) 523-7041 or email us to speak to an experienced trial lawyer. We are a 24-hour law firm; so call anytime, day or night.

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White-collar crimes

Allegations of employee theft can be ruinous to a business professional's career. We are experienced criminal defense attorneys who can help you clear your good name. We have over 25 years of trial experience, the investigative skills, and the legal support necessary to help you restore your professional reputation.

White-collar crime is becoming more common. Our approach to cases is proactive and preventative. The sooner you notify us of the details of your case, the sooner we are able to safeguard exculpatory evidence and enter into plea arrangement negotiations with prosecutors. We represent clients accused of:

  • Anti-trust violations
  • Conspiracy
  • Embezzlement
  • Forgery

We encourage you to call us as soon as you become aware that you are under investigation. By the time the prosecution indicts you, they have already mounted a substantial case against you. Call (808) 523-7041 or email us to speak to an experienced white-collar crime attorney.

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Drug crimes

As government crackdowns and mandatory minimum sentences continue, a good lawyer may be the only thing between those indicted and a jail cell. Our attorneys are highly experienced trial lawyers who are qualified to represent you in a range of litigation related to:

  • Conspiracy
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug possession
  • Drug selling
  • Drug trafficking
  • Possession with the intent to sell
  • Producing or manufacturing
  • Racketeering

If you know you are under investigation by the FBI, DEA, or related government agency, our attorneys can help you protect yourself. We help you take preemptive action to protect your rights and future interests. The sooner you call us the better we can protect you. We have experience assisting clients with drug charges related to the trafficking and distribution of:

  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal meth
  • Ecstasy
  • Hashish
  • Human growth hormone
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
  • Prescription drugs
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Valium
  • Steroids

There are strict deadlines in the criminal defense system regarding the filing of notices or requests for evidence. Our attorneys take action to minimize your exposure to potential penalties. We inform you of your legal options and help you protect your interests. Call (808) 523-7041 or email us to speak to an experienced attorney at our firm.

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Sex crimes

Sex crimes carry severe penalties—not the least of which are jail time, lifetime sexual offender registration, and employment restrictions. When you have been accused of a sex crime, it is imperative that you understand all the risks involved before you take action. Our attorneys can provide you with the legal advice you need to protect yourself and your future.

We represent clients in a range of sex crime cases, including but not limited to:

  • Date rape
  • Indecent exposure
  • Internet porn
  • Lewd conduct
  • Molestation
  • Pandering
  • Pimping
  • Possession of child pornography
  • Prostitution
  • Public indecency
  • Rape
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Solicitation to prostitution
  • Statutory rape

 

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Murder cases

Murder charges impose the toughest of legal sentences—ranging from 15 years behind bars to life in prison. That is why you need exceptional legal representation from attorneys with over 25 years of criminal trial experience.

  • Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter
  • Capital murder
  • First degree murder
  • Second degree murder
  • Third degree murder
  • Homicide
  • Premeditated murder
  • Self defense
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Other murder defense cases

Talking to an attorney before speaking to the police can greatly improve the chances of a favorable outcome at trial. We encourage you to call our firm as soon as you are questioned by the police or charged in connection with a murder.

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Military cases

Military law is a highly specialized area of practice—one that demands a very particular kind of knowledge and practical experience. It requires a thorough understanding of the laws governing armed forces personnel, including the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for Courts-Martial. Our attorneys understand how the military justice system works and are qualified to represent you in a range of litigation:

  • Administrative discharge situations
  • AWOL discharge situations
  • Federal Tort Claims Act cases
  • Military record correction board matters
  • Representation before boards of inquiry

When you retain our firm as your private counsel, we work in conjunction with your detailed military counsel to protect your rights. Our attorneys are able to push the envelope in ways that your JAG Core detail may not be able to in military court. Our team based approach to litigation gives you confidence of knowing that there is not one, but two, attorneys who are looking out for your best interests.

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International cases

In some cases, we represent foreigners and illegal aliens who have been arrested in Hawaii. Our experience with these types of cases is broad ranging.

In recent history, we have represented telecommunications representatives from the Philippines who were arrested at a local convention center, under allegations of price fixing. We have also represented a New Zealand native in an extradition matter, related to the murder of an alleged member of an organized crime family. Our other clients include a chief engineer on a Pakistani hauler, caught with over 10 tons of hashish on board.

If you are a foreigner or a visitor to Hawaii and you have been arrested, call our offices for experienced legal representation.


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