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Howard G McPherson

Howard G McPherson

Honolulu, Hawaii

Mr. McPherson joined the firm in 2004. He was born and raised in Hawaii and had a former career in commercial diving and salvage. In that career he participated in marine construction and offshore oil production projects on the East, Gulf, and West Coasts of the U. S. Mainland, in Hawaii, and in many of the U. S. Pacific possessions. He is a former chair of the Admiralty Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association and a regular speaker at professional seminars on maritime law. Mr. McPherson is also the author of The Marine Advisor, an admiralty newsletter. In the area of complex civil litigation, Mr. McPherson was appointed a Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii in the Bronster v. Brown & Williamson, et al. tobacco litigation that resulted in a $1.3 billion settlement for the State. He also represented the State as a Special Deputy in the Anzai v. Chevron Corp. et al. gasoline antitrust litigation in Hawaii.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2004

Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty
  • Federal Courts
  • Torts & Insurance
  • Complex Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993


  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, California
    • J.D. - 1991
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • A.B. - 1988

Published Works

  • The Marine Advisor, An Admiralty Newsletter


  • Speaker, Professional Seminars on Maritime Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Admiralty Section, Former Chair

Past Employment Positions

  • McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky, San Francisco, California, Student Law Clerk, 1989 - 1991