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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.


  • Cades Schutte Building, Suite 1200
    1000 Bishop Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813


  • University of California Davis , graduated 1986
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, graduated 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Hawaii, Hawaii State Bar Association
  • California, The State Bar of California


  • High Technology Development Corporation - Director
  • Rotary Club of Honolulu - Past Director
  • Friends fo Family Specialty Courts - Director
  • Family Programs of Hawaii - Director Emeritus

Federal Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals

Cades Schutte LLP
Headquarters: Honolulu, Hawaii

49 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

10 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Best Law Firms Badge Full Firm Profile

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Energy Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Energy Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Energy Law, Honolulu (2023)
  • Energy Law, Honolulu (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Corporate Law

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