William M. Kaneko

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers

Stockholder / Director

Oahu (Honolulu) 1001 Bishop Street, Suite 1800
Honolulu, HI 96813

About Bill

Low profile, high impact. It’s a successful approach for government relations attorney Bill Kaneko. Bill, whose law practice focuses on government relations and administrative law, is well-versed in the workings of Hawaii’s government and business sectors, the legislative and regulatory process, as well as federal, state and city government agencies. For companies interested in entering Hawai`i, as well as established businesses seeking to reposition or strengthen their presence, Bill provides counsel on strategic planning, coalition building, lobbying and leveraging strategic relationships. His background in politics and public policy also brings into perspective the state’s key issues, such as healthcare, energy, education, economic development and sustainability, as they relate to the client’s interests.

Bill assists clients with:

* Strategic planning and development
* Interactions with federal, state and city government agencies in Hawai`i
* Guidance through governmental and regulatory processes
* Design and implementation of community relations initiatives
* Creation of strategic networks and coalitions with community and corporate partners
* Lobbying, issues management and public advocacy
* Draft legislation and presenting testimony before legislative and administrative agencies

Awards and Recognition

Practice Areas

Additional Information

  • Transition Director for Governor Neil Abercrombie (2010-2011)
  • Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs Founder, President & CEO (2000-current)
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Vote
  • Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP)
  • `Olelo Community Television
  • Mental Health Association of Hawai`i
  • Japanese American Citizens League
    • National Vice President (1990-1994)
    • Honolulu Chapter President (1990-1993)
  • University of Puget Sound National Alumni Board
  • Hawai`i State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
  • Hawai`i
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii
Teaching Positions
  • University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Honors Program
    • Lecturer, Research & Public Policy (2005-2006)
  • Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America (J.D.)
  • University of Puget Sound (B.A.)
Past Positions
  • Campaign Manager, Neil Abercrombie for Governor
  • Director of Asian Pacific Affairs, Democratic National Committee
  • Planning & Policy Analyst, Governor John D. Waihee III
Awards and Recognition
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • 2017 and 2014 Hawai`i Government Relations Lawyer of the Year
    • Government Relations Law (2009-present)
  • Honolulu Magazine Best Lawyers in Hawai`i
    • Government Relations Law (2009-present)
  • U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Award for Public Service
  • ACLU of Hawaii Alan Saunders Award for Achievements in Civil Liberties
  • Japanese American Citizens League
    • National JACLer of the Biennium
    • Honolulu Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Trailblazer Award
  • CORO Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs
  • University of Puget Sound
    • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (LL.D) (2003)