David Y. Nakashima joined Watanabe Ing, LLP as an associate in 2005, practicing in several areas of the firm, including commercial litigation, government contracts and procurement, insurance defense, corporate law, and creditors’ rights.
In 2010, Mr. Nakashima served as commission counsel for the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawai‘i (PUC), where he advised the PUC in a wide range of complex utility dockets, including a rate case for a major electric utility, the approval of power purchase agreements, syndicated credit facilities, fuel contracts, utility stock issuances, and applications regarding the designation and recertification of Eligible Telecommunications Carriers under the federal Communications Act of 1934, as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
In 2011, Mr. Nakashima returned to Watanabe Ing with a fresh perspective and valuable experience from working at the PUC. Having made partner in 2014, Mr. Nakashima currently specializes in the areas of creditors’ rights, real estate, corporate and public utility law. From residential foreclosures to a multi-million dollar commercial foreclosure of a shopping center, Mr. Nakashima has represented some of the largest financial institutions in both the State of Hawai‘i and the country. Mr. Nakashima proactively helps clients navigate through changes in the law and confirm that they are in compliance.
Continuing his interest and experience in public utility law, Mr. Nakashima applies his experience at the PUC to assist the firm’s public utility clients. Dedicated to providing the highest standard of service and integrity to his clients of all shapes and sizes, Mr. Nakashima makes it a priority to provide diligent, thorough and quality work to his clients, making sure that no one falls through the cracks.
Mr. Nakashima graduated from the William S. Richardson School of Law, where he served as a staff member of the University of Hawai‘i Law Review and authored “Your Body, Your Choice: How Mandatory Advance Health-Care Directives are Necessary to Protect Your Fundamental Right to Accept or Refuse Medical Treatment.” He also served as an extern for the Honorable Kevin S.C. Chang and the Honorable Barry M. Kurren, United States Magistrate Judges for the District of Hawai‘i. Mr. Nakashima is a member of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association.