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Craig I. Nakanishi

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Mr. Nakanishi concentrates his practice in the areas of energy, public utilities, real property and business and commercial transactions. 

In the energy and public utilities area, Mr. Nakanishi represents and advises clients in the petroleum, electric, and alternative/renewable energy industries on a wide variety of matters including purchase power negotiations, capital projects, fuel contracts, rate cases, financing matters, infrastructure, legislation, and administrative proceedings and investigations.  Mr. Nakanishi also provides guidance and advice in the formulation of strategic planning frameworks, regulatory frameworks, case management, regulatory interaction and government affairs.  He has advised clients on internal resource and management issues, corporate governance and reorganization matters and general corporate matters.

Mr. Nakanishi also represents and advises clients from multinational corporations to individuals in business and commercial transactions involving the acquisition or divestiture of capital stock or assets of a wide array of businesses providing goods and/or services in numerous areas, including technology, professional, transportation, utility, entertainment, broadcasting, franchise, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. Mr. Nakanishi represents and advises clients in the negotiation, documentation and implementation of a diverse array of contracts, involving technology development, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, operating, distribution, franchising, leasing, employment, and consulting arrangements. He represents and advises clients in transactions involving the purchase, sale and leasing of real property. Mr. Nakanishi advises business clients regarding various issues arising in their day-to-day operations.

Mr. Nakanishi received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawai`i in 1983, with distinction, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis in 1986, Order of the Coif. From 1986 to 1987, he was a law clerk to Judge Robert Boochever of the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Mr. Nakanishi worked for the Los Angeles office of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue and was formerly a partner at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel and Catalani Nakanishi & Caliboso LLP before joining Rush Moore LLP  as a partner in 2003.  Mr. Nakanishi is named in the Best Lawyers in America – Energy for 2008, 2009 and 2010.

University of California DavisJ.D. 1986University of Hawaii at ManoaBBA 1983
High Technology Development CorporationRotary Club of HonoluluFriends fo Family Specialty CourtsFamily Programs of Hawaii

Office Location

1000 Bishop Street, Suite 1200
Honolulu, HI 96813
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law of the Honolulu Metro Area
Craig I. Nakanishi has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Energy Law

Other Information

Gender: Male