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I have practiced plaintiff's jury trial litigation for almost 50 years in Hilo Hawaii. During that time I started as a solo practitioner, then started a law firm that grew to 10 lawyers over the years. As the members of the firm retired, went out on their own, and became judges, the firm got smaller. Finally I became a solo practition at age 70. Then , in order to help our lawyer son along, I joined the same firm where he is an associate at,Bickerton Dang, a statewide firm based in Honolulu. I am Of Counsel, and supervise the Hawaii Island cases, with Jim bickerton and our plaintiff's litigation team. I have held this position for almost 5 years,to date. The strength of this relationship for our clients is the fact that my son, Nathan Pohakea Roehrig,an associate with the firm and myself are known by the local community as Big Island lawyers.. We understand the Big Island attitudes on public affairs ,personal relationships,and Big Island families. We have both competed in surfing and canoe paddling over the years ,as well.I have a strong background in public service. In the sixties and seventies, I served in the State of Hawaii House of Representitives, where I served for 8 years both as the Judiciary committee chairman as well as the Agrculture chairman. After serving in the legislature I was appointed by the Governor to serve for thre years on the University of Hawaii Board of REgents. then , I was appointed by the Governor for four years to the State Land Use Commission, finally, I was appointed by the next Governor to the Board of Land and Natural Resources for a four year term, where I am presently serving. I have a strong background in Hawaiian land law and the Hawaiian language. I graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Hawaiian Language College in 2005, with a certificate in the Hawaiian language. I found it important to speak and translate the Hawaiian language,to help me litigate quiet title cases for the Hawaiian community against big land owners around the state since 1968. This background also assists in service on the Board of Land and Natural Resources where we have frequent dockets relating to Hawaiian issues. My wife and I have a Hawaiian grandson, here in Hilo,and two grandchildren in Burlingame, Calif. Life is good!


Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 34%
  2. Personal Injury: 33%
  3. Litigation: 33%

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Contact info

Attorney at Law

101 Aupuni St
Hilo Lagoon Ctr.
Hilo, HI, 96720-4246

Bickerton Dang LLLC

745 Fort Street
Suite 801
Honolulu, HI, 96813



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Consumer Lawyer of The YearConsumer Lawyers of Hawaii1996
AV ratingMartindale Hubbell1989
One of Three Outstanding Jaycees of The USUS Jaycees1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board Member Hawaii CountyState of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural REsources2015 - Present
Of Counsel / Attorney at LawBickerton Dang LLLC2012 - Present
Attorney at LawStanley H. Roehrig Attorney at Law2004 - 2012
Land Use Commissioner,State AT large PositionState of Hawaii Land Use Commission2000 - 2004
Regent,County of Hawaii MemberUniversity Of Hawaii Board of Regents1997 - 1999
PartnerRoehrig Roehrig Walson & Hara1981 - 2004
Representative for Hilo,HawaiiState of Hawaii Legislature1969 - 1976
Attorney at LawLaw office of Stanely H Roehrig1967 - 1981
Hawaii County Public DefenderState of Hawaii1967 - 1969
Deputy Hawaii County AttorneyState of Hawaii1966 - 1967
Deputy Attorney GeneralState of Hawaii1965 - 1966
Association namePosition nameDuration
Keaukaha One Youth Development 501 c3 public charityvolunteer2006 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1997 - 2006
Moku oHawaii Hawaiian Canoe Racing Associationdirector1990 - 2012
National Board of Trial AdvocacyCertified Civil Trial Advocate1986 - 2006
Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii1996 Board of Governors1986 - 2006
Keaukaha Canoe Club, Hilo,HAwaiipaddler1986 - 2013
Hawaii State Bar AssociationMember1965 - Present
Hawaii County Bar AssociationMember1965 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kawamoto et al v. Dupont,et alfor pl.
State of Hawaii,State Senate Reapportionment 2012For pl.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Hawaii, HiloN/Acertificate in hawaiian language2005
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1965
Brown UniversityPhysicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1961
Punahou School, Honolulu,HawaiiN/Ahigh school graduate1957