Jeff Ono joined Watanabe Ing LLP in January, 2017 with 37 years of legal experience.  He focuses his practice on representing regulated utilities and independent power producers before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  In addition, Jeff continues a civil litigation practice for which he has 30 years of experience.

From 2011 to 2016, Jeff served as the state of Hawaii’s Consumer Advocate.  In that capacity, Jeff served on the E911 board of directors and was a member of the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum (and continues in an emeritus role), the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, and the Hawaii Refinery Task Force.   As the Consumer Advocate, Jeff participated in a number of complex dockets that are helping to redefine Hawaii’s energy future, including Hawaiian Electric’s Integrated Resource Planning, decoupling investigation, Distributed Energy Resources, Community Based Renewable Energy, and Power Supply Improvement Plan dockets.  In 2015, Jeff successfully led a small team of Consumer Advocate consultants, analysts, and attorneys in opposing NextEra’s attempt to acquire the Hawaiian Electric Companies

Jeff was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Jeff received his license to practice law in Hawaii in 1980, and has been in good standing with the Hawaii bar since then.

For the first 15 years of his law practice, Jeff focused on insurance defense litigation.  In the next 15 years, Jeff changed to a plaintiffs’ personal injury practice that included representing the state of Hawaii as a special deputy attorney general in the state’s claims against the tobacco industry and the Hawaii gasoline industry.