William K. Meheula, III

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii

Sullivan Meheula Lee, LLLP
William K. Meheula, III
Sullivan Meheula Lee, LLLP

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Professional Liability

Licensed in Hawaii since: 1978

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2023

Sullivan Meheula Lee, LLLP

Pacific Guardian Center
733 Bishop Street, Suite 2900
Honolulu, HI 96813 Visit website


William K. Meheula, III, is an attorney and partner at Sullivan Meheula Lee, LLLP, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mr. Meheula concentrates his practice on business litigation and plaintiff professional liability actions. He has over 40 years of legal experience and serves clients throughout the Honolulu area.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Meheula has been involved in many significant cases, including matters involving Native Hawaiian rights. He is an experienced negotiator and litigator who has lectured on topics including commercial litigation, legal ethics and trial practice. He is also a former adjunct professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law.

In recognition of his legal capability and high ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Meheula an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating. This is the highest available rating, presented to only a select few attorneys.

“The Best Lawyers in America” has listed Mr. Meheula in their publication since 2007 and Chambers USA has featured him since 2018. Additionally, Best Lawyers named him “Lawyer of the Year” for multiple years. 

Mr. Meheula earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. He attended law school at Suffolk University Law School for his first two years, completing his law degree at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law. He holds a license to practice law before all Hawaii state and federal courts and the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit .

Active in his legal and professional communities, Mr. Meheula belongs to the Hawaii State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club and Mamaka 'Aialo. He previously held leadership positions in the Hawaii Sovereignty Elections Council and the Native Hawaiian Bar Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Professional Liability: Plaintiff
  • 70% Business Litigation
  • 30% Professional Liability: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1978, Hawaii

Professional Webpage: https://www.meheulalaw.com/william-meheula

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Hawaiian Sovereignty Election Council, Council Member, 1994-97
  • Outrigger Canoe Club, Director, 2015-16
  • Mamaka Aialo, Member, 2010 – present
  • Native Hawaiian Bar Association, Director, 1994-present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court – District of Hawaii - Lawyer Delegate
  • Hawaii
  • American Bar Association
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, B.A., Economics, 1975
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Rating
  • Lawyer of the Year 2017, Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Chambers USA 2015 – Ranked Lawyer
  • The Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs & Litigation - Real Estate, 2007 - Present
  • Super Lawyers by Key Professionals Media, Inc., 2008 - Present
  • AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyer - 2016 Nomination, Real Estate Law
  • Justice Award, Hawaii State Bar Association, 1994
  • Lawyer of the Year 2012 & 2016, Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
  • Top 25 Hawaii Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2014
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor, Native Hawaiian Rights Clinic, William S. Richardson School of Law

Office location for William K. Meheula, III

Pacific Guardian Center
733 Bishop Street, Suite 2900
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-628-7535

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