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For over 34 years I have provided legal representation for many types of criminal law matters. I have protected the rights and future interests of our clients who have been charged with crimes including, but not limited to, drug crimes, crimes of violence, sex crimes, and murder.

Don’t let our secluded location fool you. The fact that our firm is located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu may make it seem as though our clientele is limited to Hawaii residents but that isn’t the case at all. While it is true that our firm of criminal defense lawyers serves clients throughout Hawaii, this includes Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai. In addition to this 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.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%



Free consultation (45 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven J. Kim

    I endorse Bill Harrison heartily. Bill is one of the heavyweights in Hawaii criminal defense. Well liked by attorneys, Judges, and (perhaps most importantly) court staff. This enables him to get things done for clients that otherwise might not be able to get done. Bill is enormously well respected in the criminal defense community. I have practiced law in Honolulu for almost 30 years, and I regularly entrust my clients to Bill when need criminal defense assistance or advice. When an attorney entrusts his clients to another attorney, that is high praise, believe me.


    Steven Kim Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Harrison & Matsuoka

841 Bishop St
Suite 800
Honolulu, HI, 96813-3908


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerHawaii Super Lawyer2016
Best LawyersHonolulu Magazine2016
AV Client Review 5.0 of of 5.0Martindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Lawyer of the YearHonolulu Magazine2016
Lawyer of the YearHonolulu Magazine2015
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2013
Super LawyerHawaii Super Lawyer2013
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2012
Best LawyersHonolulu Magazine2012
ListedBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerHawaii Super Lawyer2011
Best LawyersHonolulu Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
ListedBest Lawyers in America2011
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Super LawyerHawaii Super Lawyer2010
Best LawyersHonolulu Magazine2010
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2010
ListedBest Lawyers in America2010
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who In American Law2009
ListedBest Lawyers in America2009
Best LawyersHonolulu Magazine2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Super LawyerHawaii Super Lawyer2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lecturer & Volunteer AttorneyWilliam S. Richardson School of Law2005 - Present
PartnerHarrison & Matsuoka1982 - Present
AssociateRolhfing, Robertson & Smith1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hawaii State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLifetime MemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
American Society of Law, Medicine and EthicsMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sample Appellate CasesN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute, Inc. ["NBI"]Arbitrating & Trying the Automobile Case in Hawai'i1993
National Business Institute, Inc. ["NBI"]Criminal Defense Litigation in Hawai'i1992
National Business Institute, Inc. ["NBI"]Trying the Automobile Injury case in Hawai'i1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of LawN/AMA - Masters1981
University of Hawaii at Manoa - William S. Richardson School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hawai'i Innocence ProjectEyewitness Identification Issues2016
Annual Talk to Graduate Division of U.H. Library StudiesPatriot Act and its Effect on Privacy Rights of Librarians and Library Users2015