David Y. Nakashima


David Y. Nakashima has been a trusted advisor and tireless advocate for the firm’s clients for nearly 20 years.  A former commission counsel for the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaii, 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.  In addition to rate cases, Mr. Nakashima has provided valuable counsel in other regulatory areas such as mergers and acquisitions of Hawaii utilities.  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
  • Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii (2020-present), Secretary (2024)
  • Coach, Manoa Girls Athletic Club volleyball team (2017-2018)
  • Coach, KAC basketball team (2015-2017)
Notable Cases
  • In re Kapalua Water Company, Ltd., et al., Docket No. 2020-0086 (asset purchase / change of control proceeding)
  • In re Hunt Kalaeloa Water LLC, et al., Docket No. 2019-0144 (membership interest purchase / change of control proceeding)
  • In re Young Brothers, LLC, Docket No. 2019-0117 (2020 test year rate case and emergency rate relief)
  • In re The Gas Company, LLC dba Hawaii Gas, SCOT-19-0000044 (Hawaii Supreme Court appeal, including oral arguments, regarding greenhouse gas emissions)
  • In re Kona Water Service Company, Inc., Docket No. 2018-0388 (2019 test year rate case)
  • In re T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Sprint Communications Company L.P., Docket No. 2018-0157 (T-Mobile-Sprint merger)
  • In re Cincinnati Bell Inc., et al., Docket No. 2017-0208 (Hawaiian Telcom merger)
  • In re The Gas Company, LLC dba Hawaii Gas, Docket No. 2017-0105 (2018 test year rate case)