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About Us

About William H. Lawson

William H. Lawson, a Car Accident Lawyer in Hawaii, is a Christian personal injury attorney in the state of Hawaii and has been for over 30 years. He is a 1977 graduate of Stanford Law School at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. From 1977-1979 he was an associate at the law firm of Cades, Schutte, Fleming & Wright in Honolulu, Hawaii where he worked in a number of different practice areas focusing primarily on Workers' Compensation defense and on Real Property and Commercial Development. Since 1979, for well over 30 years, he has represented and continues to represent people who have been seriously injured in an accident which has some connection to Hawaii (eg. one or more of the parties is based in Hawaii, the accident occurred in Hawaii or one or more of the parties does business in Hawaii).

About Amy L. Woodward

Amy L. Woodward, a Personal Injury Attorney in Honolulu, is an associate at the Law Office of William H. Lawson, concentrating her practice in the area of plaintiff's personal injury litigation. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Ms. Woodward practiced law at Carlsmith Ball LLP, in the firm's Honolulu office. At Carlsmith Ball, Ms. Woodward's practice focused predominantly on litigating commercial disputes, however, she was also part of a team of lawyers that defended one of the firm's largest national clients in personal injury matters. This personal injury defense experience inspired Ms. Woodward to consider plaintiffs' personal injury practice, and to litigate on behalf of plaintiffs who have suffered life-altering injuries.

Before practicing law at Carlsmith Ball, Ms. Woodward externed at the Hawaii Supreme Court, the United States District Court in San Diego and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Woodward received her J.D. degree magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of San Diego School of law, where she was in the top 2% of her class. She also studied for on Oahu at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law for her final semester of law school.

While in law school, Ms. Woodward was a member of the University of San Diego Law Review. She received numerous scholastic awards including the CALI 'Excellence for the Future' Award (awarded to the highest grade) in her Contracts, Constitutional Law I, Professional Responsibility, Corporations, and Conflicts of Law courses.

About Our Firm

The Law Offices of William H. Lawson - Accident Attorney Hawaii handles car accidents (MVAs - motor vehicle accidents - trucks, buses, motorcycles, mopeds, etc); pedestrian accidents; construction accidents; serious falls; certain premises liability accidents; accidents resulting from defective products (dangerous products liability claims); boating accidents (accidents at sea); claims against insurance companies and other claims. Although there is no certification for specialization as a trial lawyer under Hawaii law, our firm's practice has strongly emphasized trial related work and our attorneys work tirelessly to be superbly trained, up-to-date, and completely prepared to litigate each and every case that they handle as long and as hard as necessary to achieve a successful result.

As personal injury attorneys in the state of Hawaii, Mr. Lawson and Ms. Woodward have worked with both local and mainland firms as co-counsel. They have worked side-by-side with other firms and they have also worked in a supervisory capacity using their many years of experience to assist out-of-state attorneys and clients to the appropriate resources and through our local courts. We have used arbitration, mediation and litigation- each at its proper time. Hawaii Accident Lawyer provides legal services in each area of need for a particular case - sometimes by bringing in other lawyers and law firms to assist us on the claims. Over the years Mr. Lawson has provided the individual communications and responsive contact that assures a client of personal attention while still providing high quality legal services even in complex and difficult cases.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, Contact Accident Lawyer Hawaii - Christian for a free evaluation of your case.

Representative Practice areas
for Accident Attorney Hawaii - Christian:

  • Personal injury and Tort Law
  • Ocean Accidents and Martime Claims
  • Car Accidents and other Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Insurance Disputes
  • Admiralty
  • Professional Malpractice (medical malpractice)
  • Civil litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

We do not publish a list of representative clients due to privacy concerns. Although we are located in Hawaii, we have assisted on Hawaii matters for clients and co-counsel from all over the United States and many parts of the world. To date Accident Lawyer Hawaii - Christian has represented residents of: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin & Wyoming as well as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guam, Micronesia, New Zealand & the Phillipines.

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Law Office of
William H. Lawson


Century Square
1188 Bishop St. Suite 2902
Honolulu, HI 96813

New client hotline:
(808) 524-5300

Main business phone:
(808) 528-2525

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A. General Principles

B. Other Remedies

1. Traditional Maritime

2. Federal Law Remedies

3 Remedies by State Law

C. Foreign Involvement

1. In General

2. Place of Injury

3. Flag or Ownership
of Vessel

a. In General

b. Foreign Ownership

c. Foreign Vessels
with American Interests

4. Nationality of Seaman

5. Other Factors


A. Seamen

1. General Principles

a. In General

b. Status as Seaman

2. "Vessel in Navigation"

a. In General

b. Status of Vessel

c. Particular Vessels

3. Particular Seamen

B. Representatives of


A. In General

B. Particular Entities
as Employers

C. In Course of


A. In General

B. Vicarious Liability

1. In General

2 Particular Acts of Crew

C. Circumstances of

1. Assault

a. In General

b. Assaults Among Crew
& Officers

2. Improper Supervision

a. In General

b. Particular Acts

3. Medical Care

4. Particular Properties
of Vessel & Dock

5. Other Circumstances


A. Seaman's Conduct

1. Comparative

2. Assumption of Risk

3. Particular

B. Release

C. Limitations of Actions

1. Statutory Limitations

2. Laches

D. Collateral Estoppel
& Res Judicata

E. Limitation of Liability

F. Other Defenses


A. In General

B. Damages for Injury

1. Elements of Damages

2 Award Deductions

C. Wrongful Death

1. Elements of Damages

2. Computation of Award


A. State Court Actions

B. Jurisdiction

1. In General

2. Bases of Jurisdiction

C. Venue

1. In General

2. Bases of Venue

3 Forum Non Conveniens

D. Election of Remedies

1. In General

2. Particular Remedies

E. Institution of Action

F. Pleadings and Motions

1. Complaint

2. Answer

3. Motions

G. Removal and Remand

H. Discovery

I. Jury

1. Right To Jury Trial

2. Submission of Issues

J. Evidence

1. In General

2. Plaintiff's Burden
of Proof

3. Defendant's Burden

4. Admissibility

K. Appeal and Review

L. Settlement

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