David Y. Nakashima


David Y. Nakashima has been a trusted advisor and tireless advocate for the firm’s clients for over 13 years. A former commission counsel for the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawai‘i, Mr. Nakashima currently focuses his practice on public utility law and assisting clients navigate through the complex and ever-evolving regulatory landscape in the State. Mr. Nakashima also specializes in the areas of creditors’ rights and has represented some of the largest financial institutions in both the State and the nation in a wide array of activities, including a multi-million dollar commercial foreclosure of a shopping center.

Mr. Nakashima graduated near the top of his class in 2005 from the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he served as a staff member of the University of Hawai‘i Law Review and received the CALI award in Trust and Estates.

  • William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, J.D., 2005
  • Law Review member
  • CALI Award in Trust and Estates
  • University of Hawaii, B.A. in Journalism, 2001
  • Student Marshal/Representative for the College of Social Sciences
  • (highest G.P.A. in the college)
Community Involvement
  • Coached Manoa Girls Athletic Club volleyball team (2017-2018)
  • Coached KAC basketball team (2015-2017)
Notable Cases
  • In re Cincinnati Bell Inc., et al., Docket No. 2017-0208 (Hawaiian Telcom merger)
  • In re The Gas Company, LLC dba Hawai‘i Gas, Docket No. 2017-0105 (2018 test year rate case)
  • Pacific Mortgage Investors, LLC v. Thomas Moses Johnson, III, et al., Civil No. 07-1-1893, Circuit Court of the First Circuit of the State of Hawai‘i, Case No. 29760, Intermediate Court of Appeals of the State of Hawai‘i (foreclosure appeal involving federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act)