Howard G. McPherson

Howard G. McPherson

Howard G. McPherson


Mr. McPherson joined Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks 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.

Areas of Practice

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

Representative Cases

  • MacDonald v. Kahikolu, Ltd., 442 F.3d 1199 (9th Cir. 2006)
  • Weber v. Indemnity Insurance Co., 345 F.Supp.2d 1139 (D.Haw. 2004)
  • Anzai v. Chevron Corp., 168 F.Supp.2d 1180 (D.Haw. 2001)
  • Becker v. Dillingham Construction Pacific, Ltd., 2001 A.M.C. 1376 (D.Haw. 2001)
  • In re Kanoa, Inc., 872 F.Supp. 740 (D.Haw. 1994)
  • Sletten v. Hawaii Yacht Club, 1993 A.M.C. 2863 (D.Haw. 1993)


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