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William H. Lawson

Car accident Attorney at Honolulu, HI

4.8   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State HI
    Acquired 1977
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Law Office of William H. Lawson
1188 Bishop St.
Suite 2902
Honolulu, HI, 96813


4.8 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by John | October 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Satisfied
Mr. Lawson was retained in late 2014 on behalf of our daughter after she sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as the result of an automobile accident while on vacation in Hawaii. We live in Oregon. This case involved three different insurance companies and several individuals. It was a complicated case because the injury (TBI) cannot be observed externally. This lawsuit dragged on from 2014 to July 2020 because each insurance company had to be convinced to settle. Mr. Lawson kept us appraised every step of the way. At certain points in the years long process it was discouraging. But with Mr. Lawson’s patience and perseverance a successful final settlement was reached. Mr. Lawson was methodical in his planning and approach to help us obtain the best outcome. He engaged critical subject matter experts that really helped uncover all the facts and magnify the negligence in our daughter’s case. Even with the covid-19 problem in 2020, he managed to move the case forward. He never gave up and the outcome of the case was better than expected. One great thing about Mr. Lawson is he genuinely cares. Through the years he was instrumental in recommending areas of treatment that we should investigate for our daughter. Not living in Hawaii made the lawsuit more difficult but Mr. Lawson’s excellent communications via text messaging, e-mails and phone conversations helped us through the entire process. We will always be grateful that Mr. Lawson was on our side. He is highly recommended!!
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Posted by Bobby | January 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Lawson & Ms. Woodward were Excellent!
Mr. Lawson was the best. He was 100% real good. Everything he handled was done well. He obtained a maximum recovery. He helped resolve the lien claims. He did so many things for me. He helped me to understand as we went along. He got a excellent result. He's terrific.
Posted by Sandy & Brian | February 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Personal Injury
We would like to thank Bill Lawson for taking our personal injury case that occurred while we were on vacation in Honolulu. We would have been completely lost without his knowledge of the laws in Hawaii. Bill was very attentive to our case and kept us apprised of each step throughout the whole process. Being in another state made our situation a little difficult due to the 6 hour difference. Bill worked very hard to get us a fair and adequate outcome. We would highly recommend Bill Lawson and his firm to anyone!!!
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Posted by Art | December 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks a bunch Bill!
Bill is an awesome attorney who went above and beyond for me, and will for you too! Not only did he fight hard for top compensation, but he worked with the best dentists and doctors on the island to ensure all my work was done at no out of pocket costs! For someone facing over $25,000 in dental work, which FYI is something you have to pay for out of pocket in most cases then wait to be reimbursed 2-3 years later, having that personal relationship with the local medical community was a real stress reliever in a stressful time! I won't pretend I've had a lot of experience getting creamed on a motorcycle, nor have I had many lawyers in my life, but Bill turned my frown upside down, got me my smile back (lost 3 teeth in the incident), and with all my bills paid I still have enough to make the pain and discomfort felt a lot less memorable. Thanks for everything Bill, your services were worth every penny you fought to get us!
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Posted by Cassidy Acord | April 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Great Experience With Bill Lawson
I was injured in an accident and Bill was quick to assist me. Bill has a strong sense of knowledge and professionalism in this business and I feel that I could fully trust him. I give the highest recommendation.
Posted by Jarret | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill and Amy were great
Amy and Bill were helpful and prompt and they helped me through a difficult time. I was very pleased with the outcome. If anything else were to ever happen to me again, I would certainly return to them. They explained in depth how the claims and recovery worked and they made it easy to understand even though I did not have a background in law. Everything with them is upfront. They are very honest and straightforward.
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Posted by Kelston | April 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
William was very patient respectful and very detail. From the moment i spoke to him on the phone and he broke the whole process down to me I realized he was my lawyer. He devoted countless hours fighting back and forth with the insurance company and the navy to get me as much money as possible. I am VERY HAPPY with my settlement. If you don't use him as your lawyer you are MISSING OUT. Thank you so much William.
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Posted by Lily | October 16, 2014
Knowledgeable and caring...we had an OUTSTANDING experience!!!
My husband and I went to see William Lawson for a particular case that several lawyers I contacted declined. From the moment we met for the consultation, Mr. Lawson proved to be very knowledgeable, considerate and honest. He is a rare find. He took immediate attention to my case and results were excellent. We could not be more satisfied. I highly recommend the services of William Lawson to anyone seeking a personal injury or accident lawyer.
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Posted by John Choi | March 13, 2014
Bill Lawson is an excellent personal injury attorney
I strongly recommend Bill Lawson to assist you with your personal injury claim. He is trustworthy, skilled, aggressive, thoughtful and energetic. He is a highly capable personal injury attorney.
Posted by Diana | October 23, 2013
Bill Lawson An Extraordinary Attorney
Bill Lawson did an extraordinary job handling my long and complicated case. He worked tirelessly to uphold my rights defending me against multiple injustices. When we reached an impasse in the case he would always find a way around . It is hard to find words to express the degree of respect and admiration I have for his skill and determination in achieving a just settlement for my case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2013
A Great Experience
I found Mr. Lawson from a web search online, and I was lucky enough to have found such a great lawyer. I was injured while driving a moped and the whole experience was overwhelming from the start, until I started to work with Mr. Lawson. He is someone who is easy to trust. He is passionate about what he does and was very reliable. He was able to guide me through the legal process with some clarity and realistic goals. He was available when I had questions. He responded very quickly to the numerous tasks that were required of him, and he was realistic and upbeat about my case. My case was resolved within the expectations that he set. Overall, I would recommend him to anyone, and I would definitely hire him again if I find myself in need of a lawyer again.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2011
A Good Legal Experience!
While on vacation I suffered an injury that changed my life and activity level in many ways. I incurred many expenses afterwards that were not covered by insurance. I was very satisfied with Mr. Lawson as a lawyer and legal counsel. He handled my case in a very professional and thorough manner. I was pleased with the results and would highly recommend him and his staff.
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Posted by Nicholas | August 6, 2011
Former client
When I turned 18 I was in a car accident. Bill came to my aid. He helped me and my parents deal with all the questions we had. He took us though the process and looked out for my best interests.
Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2011
Thank you Bill Lawson...your help was God sent!
While on vacation in Maui I was hit by a wind blown table umbrella that that was not properly secured in place. I sustained major injuries that required surgery and hospitalization. Bill was my attorney and acted on my behalf in the lawsuit against the hotel involved. Bill is a Christian lawyer who reflects his faith through his work. He is highly competent and extremely thorough! He even traveled to my home, in another state,to go over some of the details of my case.I would highly recommend Bill Lawson, he will give his clients exemplary legal representation!
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Posted by William | August 5, 2011
No one is Better then William H Lawson
I have known Bill for over 32 years and one of his first clients ..Over that time I have seen his pratice grow to one of if not the best in his field . A trust worthy Man who puts clients first . If you need a Lawyer Look for Bill
Posted by Kelly & Gloria | August 4, 2011
Former Client
We are former clients of Bill Lawson....while on vacation in Hawaii we were involved in an automobile accident caused by another driver. Bill is a very caring, christian and trustworthy man. He really cares about his client as a friend and a person and not just as "another case". He goes above and beyond and followed through with everything we needed help with. We feel very blessed to have had Bill working with us in such a tragic time in our lives. We would definitely recommend Bill as an attorney!!
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Posted by Cheryl | June 28, 2011
I am a former client of Bill Lawson. He is trustworthy, a man of integrity and very tenacious!
Posted by Mark | June 21, 2011
Former Client
Bill Lawson took care of me as if I were family. My wife and I were amazed at how much time and consideration he put in for the concerns of our entire family. He even went as far as to give a large amount of his own commission dollars for my medical support. He truly exemplifies integrity, compassion, and all the qualities you are looking for as a representative for you and your family!!! Amazing!!! Hard to find a man of this character, let alone a Lawyer. I thank God for men like Bill Lawson!!!
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Posted by Douglas Martin | June 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Declined to help no explanation
I had a great tall over the phone and was confident Mr. Lawson would be the one to help me after a couple others declined based on the police report which had some inconsistencies and one statements from the other party. But after sending him the police report and indicating the errors on it he sent me an email declining wh no explanation. I understand they work on payment only if we win but i am truly not at fault and are having a hars time getting a lawyer.
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Response from William Lawson December 5, 2017
I never represented Doug Martin at any time. He is a prospective new client contact who was unhappy that we didn't take his case and he is trying to harm my reputation as a result. I was first contacted by Doug Martin about 8 months after his 9/2/2016 accident. This is too long. (A good PI lawyer can help more when he/she is contacted soon after an accident - and the contingency fee is the same.) The reason that it was so long was that he had contacted a couple of other attorneys who had turned down him down before he contacted us. I reviewed his auto vs. bike accident. According to the negative review that he posted, I looked at his case more in depth than the other attorneys who were contacted. (That was apparently my mistake.) It was 8 days from his first contact with my office until I declined his case (5/23/17 until 5/31/17). Shortly after Doug Martin first contacted me, a man who declined to identify himself called our office. He said that he was calling to confirm that we were representing Doug Martin because Doug said that he was going to pay him out of the money that he would be getting for pain and suffering. We declined to provide any information. He said that he was calling to see if Doug was BS'ing him. We did not respond. This was odd and it did not help Doug Martin's efforts to have us represent him. The police report (which he took six days to send us) included an independent witness statement blaming the accident on Doug Martin himself. Although Doug Martin insisted that he was not responsible for causing the accident, I declined the case stating among other things: "I am sorry, but I am quite busy at present and I will not be able to look into this matter further for you." The obvious truth is that I simply cannot take the case of every person who contacts me. (We get several new client contacts every week.) I suggested other avenues that he might take to try to find an attorney. Doug thanked me for taking the time to review his case and told me that "I can understand what it looks like is that it's could've my fault". I explained that we have sometimes disproven the contents of a police report, but that we simply did not have enough available time to take on his case. Instead of moving on to another attorney, Doug Martin apparently gave me a bad review on AVVO. I don't know if he was ever able to obtain an attorney for his claims. Doug Martin's review of my office is entirely unfair. We are criticized for being more thorough, more compassionate and more thoughtful in our new case review process than the other attorneys that he contacted. In light of his actual contacts with our office, it is clear that we provided him with an exceptional 5 star quality new client contact process. We spent a great deal of time and effort trying to see if there was a way that we could help him. When we ultimately explained that we didn't have enough time to take on his case and that he should seek other counsel , he went and posted a 2 star review. That is unjust and unfair.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • William H. Lawson, Attorney at Law
  • 1979 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright
  • 1977 - 1979


  • Stanford Law School
  • 1977
  • Trinity College
  • 1974
  • St. Albans School
  • 1970
  • Iolani School
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Unpublished cases are kept confidential
  • Jury verdict
  • Kukui Nuts of Hawaii v. R. Baird & Co., 7 Haw. App. 598, 789 P. 2d 501 (Hawai'i ICA, 1990)
  • Trial judge's orders reversed
  • Kukui Nuts of Hawaii v. R. Baird & Co., 6 Haw. App. 431, 726 P. 2d 268, (Hawai'i ICA, 1986)
  • Award of sanctions reversed


  • Hawaii Association for Justice, fka Consumer Lawyers Hawaii
  • Board of Directors
  • 2004 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society of Hawaii
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Hawaii Association for Justice fka Consumer Lawyers of Hawai'i fka Hawai'i Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1977 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Lifetime Charter Member
  • Best Attorneys of America
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent - Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • 5.0 of 5.0 Client Review Rated
  • 2014
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2013
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2012
  • NTLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2011
  • ATLA Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Who's Who in America
  • Marquis Who's Who in America
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2010
  • membership
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1974
  • membership
  • Sigma Pi Sigma
  • 1974
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Speaking Engagements

  • Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii - Co-chair with Janice Kim
  • Admitting Medical Records and Bills at Trial
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (18)
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William is a very knowledgeable attorney with a clear desire to help those in need of the best possible legal representation. If you are injured and have a claim in his area, you would be well served by seeking his consult."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse William. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is a thoughtful and courageous lawyer. His style is effective with jurors as evidenced by his multi-million dollar jury awards. Bill has the highest standard of ethics. His personality and character make him popular with his clients and colleagues."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Lawson is a lawyer and person who deserves great admiration - as intelligent and innovate as he is caring."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill Lawson is a lawyer who puts his clients first and abides by the highest ethical and moral standards in the community. He has the highest legal skills in all areas of personal injury law, is a fine trial lawyer and has become a teacher and mentor to lawyers in Hawaii who handle these kinds of cases. I give Bill the highest recommendation."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"William is a fierce advocate for his clients -- the type of lawyer I would hire if I needed assistance in a personal injury case. I have worked with him on estate issues tangential to his personal injury cases, and I have been impressed at his tenacity and willingness to go the extra mile for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Bill since we were at Stanford Law School. I have reached out to Bill from time to time when I needed help in Hawaii, and very importantly, he has ALWAYS been responsive (which is critical when legal matters are involved)."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Bill in successfully opposing an insurance company's efforts to remove a case to California from Hawaii where Bill had filed the case on behalf of our severly injured client, a Hawaiian resident. Bill was thorough, diligent, creative, and absolutely committed to his client."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Lawson is an articulate and effective advocate for his clients, and highly regarded within the legal community. Having known him for over twenty years, I would trust him with handling my own case."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Friend
"Bill is a lawyer I've known personally and professionally for over 30 years. He always combines high level competance with a distinctively passionate commitment to his clients, their cases and their well-being."
General practice Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. We have worked together on cases and Bill is an excellent advocate."
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Honolulu Car accident Lawyer William H. Lawson
William H. Lawson
Car accident Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 46 years
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