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Harrison & Matsuoka, Attorneys at Law
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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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Alt. Phone: (808) 542-5297

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

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William Harrison

Criminal Defense Attorney

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Toll-free: (888) 381-9611
Fax: (808) 538-7579

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.


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


  • Phi Delta Phi

Birth information

  • October 13, 1953, Beppu, Japan

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