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William J. Nagle

William J. Nagle III was born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in1969, receiving a Bachelor Of Arts degree in History. Following graduation, Mr. Nagle was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy in 1970 and served with the United States Marine Corps in-country in Vietnam as a forward observer, forward air controller and artillery/naval gunfire spotter during 1971-72. Following discharge from the Navy in 1972, Mr. Nagle joined Safeco Insurance Company as a marketing representative from 1972 – 1974.

Mr. Nagle graduated from Pepperdine University School Of Law in 1974; and has been admitted to practice law in the State Of California since1977 and Hawaii since 1978. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District Of Hawaii, the Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals and the United States Court Of Military Appeals.

Following admission to the California Bar, Mr. Nagle served as a lawyer for the United States Coast Guard in Honolulu, with responsibilities for ocean environmental pollution, fisheries enforcement, maritime law enforcement and military justice including courts-martial. Mr. Nagle served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District Of Hawaii from 1979 – 1981 and appeared in federal court on cases as diverse as oil pollution, seizure of foreign fishing vessels in Hawaii, prosecution of criminal cases on the high seas, and defense of the United States in Federal Tort Claims and Suits In Admiralty actions. After leaving the Coast Guard, Mr. Nagle joined the Prosecuting Attorneys Office in Honolulu, and tried over 300 criminal cases for that office.

Mr. Nagle joined the law firm of Ezra O’Connor Moon in 1981 and left in 1996 as a partner in order to start his own firm. Mr. Nagle has represented clients in litigation matters over a broad spectrum, including construction defect, commercial litigation, toxic torts, aviation, admiralty and maritime actions, plaintiff personal injury as well as insurance defense and coverage matters. He has also served in a number of dispute resolution roles, including mediation, arbitration and discovery master.

In addition to maintaining his own law practice, Mr. Nagle has been a per diem judge in Hawaii Family Court for twenty years, retiring in 2017. He is a member of the Board Of Managers for the Nuuanu YMCA. He joined Tom Petrus & Miller in 2017 as an Of Counsel attorney.


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